Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 pre-orders begin at Microsoft Store site and Best Buy

As promised on Monday, Microsoft has started taking pre-orders for its newly announced Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 tablets. The pre-orders are being taken on the Microsoft Store web site in the U.S., along with Best Buy's website in the U.S. and Canada, ahead of the tablets' official launch date of October 22nd.

The Microsoft Store listing confirms that the Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB versions, which are priced at $449 and $549, respectively. Like the original Surface RT, which is still being sold by Microsoft at $349, Surface 2 comes with a free pre-installed copy of Office RT 2013 Home and Student which includes the new Outlook RT email client.

The Surface Pro 2 is being sold in 64GB and 128GB versions with 4GB of RAM and are priced at $899 and $999, respectively. The 256GB and 512GB models with 8GB of RAM are being sold at $1,299 and $1,799. The new Touch Cover 2 and Type Cover 2 are also available for pre-order, priced at $19.99 and $119.99. Microsoft is not offering bundles of the new tablets with either the new Touch or Type Covers this time.

People who buy the Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 will be able to get 200GB of storage on SkyDrive for free for two years. As we reported earlier, Microsoft is letting everyone else purchase 200GB of SkyDrive space for $100 a year. Also, buying one of the new tablets will allow people to use Skype to call landlines in over 60 countries for free for one year, along with free access to paid Skype Wi-Fi hotspots for the same time period.

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I think Surface 2 will appeal very well to small businesses or for light work use (if you're needs don't go beyond Microsoft Office 2013 for RT, IE10, and whatever apps are available. Outside of some popular iOS apps not available on Windows, RT seems like a great choice for light business work on the go, more so than the iPad. Especially with the ports available on it.

actually I think the surface 2 regular will sell well as it is the proper tablet variant and plenty powerful to compete with other tablets, a decent battery life a hd screen. It wont sell out in 2 -3 days. It takes a very stupid person to even think itll have that chance. What it does have is the chance for word of mouth to tell people how good the surface 2 (rt) is as a tablet. Lets not forget the excellent cheap price the surface rt 2 is for a tablet.

If you wana device that is trying to be a desktop and a tablet which most people wont need then surface pro 2 is for you but surface pro 2 is not a tablet only choice like surface 2 (RT). Microsoft should realize the consumer base a majority of are idiots so not separating the surface pro and rt more clearly might still have cost them this Battle. Now that rt runs very smooth on surface 2, now its hd screen and long battery life and a kick stand, its definatly the device ill be going for, Sham a billion dollar company like micro soft has such a bad marketing strategy. I don't need a surface pro 2 as I have my desktop and laptop filling all my gaps there.

Considering Atom tablets with docks are selling for $329 and $349, its a little high to ask $449 with NO keyboard.

the 4th generation ipad starts at $499 for 16GB
if we were to make it have the same as the Surface 2 the total come out to be $735.95.

so we would need to start with a 32GB ipad - $599 (surface 2 starts with 32GB, no 16GB option)
add lightning to USB camera adapter - $29 (surface has full USB port)
add lightning to digital AV adapter - $49 (surface has micro HDMI out)
add lightning to SD card camera reader - $29 (surface includes a micro SD slot)
add a stand (multiple stands available) -$29.95 (surface kickstand)
iWork apps are now free (separate download) -$0 (surface office 2013 included)


plus when you buy a surface 2 or surface 2 pro you get 200GB of skydrive cloud storage for free for 2 years. that's $105/year. that's another $210 value. and 1 year of unlimited free voice calling with skype. that's $13.99/month another $167.88 value.

if we add that value up to apple services:
iCloud storage starts with 5GB free. you can buy more storage at a max increments of 50GB at $100/year. so to get it to the 200GB skydrive equivliant thats an aditional $400/year. that's a staggering $800 equivilant.
apple doesn't have a voip service. buy you can get skype so you can add that $167.88

so if we compare an ipad with the same 'features and services' equivalent value as the entry level Surface 2 it's going to cost, you would end up paying $735.95. $286.95 more than the surface 2.
if you include the icloud storage and the skype landline calling: $1702.88. $1253.88 difference.

micro said,
Considering Atom tablets with docks are selling for $329 and $349, its a little high to ask $449 with NO keyboard.
And you CLEARLY have no idea what you're talking about.

plse plse stop comparing the surface pro 2 with the ipad. Because Microsoft's marketing sucks and lacks any form of intelligence plse can you show us some and compare the ipad with what its meant to be compared to the surface 2(rt version only).

Mulsivaas said,
And you CLEARLY have no idea what you're talking about.

Really? Asus T100 Quad Core Baytrail atom with keyboard dock for $349 Available October 18th.
Its quite clear what I'm talking about.

Alexander Nevrmind said,
MS needs to sell out of all initial orders of the Surface 2 and Surface Pro in 2-3days to save face.
I agree. However, their release of the Surface 2 will be overshadowed by the new iPad. I just don't see the regular Surface selling well. The Pro should have decent numbers, hopefully, for Microsoft's sake.

JHBrown said,
I agree. However, their release of the Surface 2 will be overshadowed by the new iPad. I just don't see the regular Surface selling well. The Pro should have decent numbers, hopefully, for Microsoft's sake.

Which is why the touch cover should come with each tablet. MS tactics and strategy is misguided since every commercial shows the tablet and touch-type as one.

Alexander Nevrmind said,

Which is why the touch cover should come with each tablet. MS tactics and strategy is misguided since every commercial shows the tablet and touch-type as one.

you can say the same for apple. apple shows off the iPad with the smart cover in it's commercials but it doesn't come with an ipad. or with the new iPhone 5c they have commercials showing off the new cases for the 5c. once again sold separately. and all the apps they show their devices using those should come with them too, right?

Alexander Nevrmind said,

since every commercial shows the tablet and touch-type as one.

here is a surface commercial which you may notice that when the touch-type cover shows up it clearly says near the bottom 'keyboard sold separately'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE7AQY5Xk9w

same goes for this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EwgHXjp8Fs

green_link said,

you can say the same for apple. apple shows off the iPad with the smart cover in it's commercials but it doesn't come with an ipad. or with the new iPhone 5c they have commercials showing off the new cases for the 5c. once again sold separately. and all the apps they show their devices using those should come with them too, right?

here is a surface commercial which you may notice that when the touch-type cover shows up it clearly says near the bottom 'keyboard sold separately'.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE7AQY5Xk9w

same goes for this one
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EwgHXjp8Fs

No argument here but you do realize MS is not Apple MS does not have that luxury.

no company should have that luxury.

(this isn't towards you alex) I hate people who praise Apple so much that Apple can get away with anything. these are the people who scoff at Samsung and other manufactures for coming out with big screen phones then turn around and bow to apple making a big deal out of a 1 inch bigger screen iPhone. or laugh or dismiss at competitor prices when they are cheaper or on the same level of apple without looking at the differences in value, specs, or services they come with.

Cyborg_X said,
Price on the maxed out Pro is a ripoff.

I dunno.. As a premium piece of hardware compare this to a maxed out MacBook Air... Similar innards (including same amount of RAM and SSD storage) but a much better display which is also high quality touch too. And I say this as a very recent and very happy Air owner!