Microsoft launches the Surface 2 in New Zealand

Microsoft held an event tonight at the revamped Victoria Park Markets to launch the all new Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 (see the pics below).  Just about every tweak that could have been made to the original Microsoft-made tablets has been made and the new machines are ready to go on sale worldwide tomorrow.

Luckily for us Kiwis, that means we don’t have to wait months for the new Surface’s to reach our shores (as we did with the first version).  We are the first market in the world to put them on sale, which means you can buy them at your local electronics retailer from tomorrow morning.

Prices start at $649 for the Surface 2 and $1299 for the virtual laptop replacement, the Surface Pro 2.  If you are after an entry level tablet, the original Surface RT is still part of the family with a software update to Windows 8.1 and is available for a steal ($499 in real money terms).  Keyboards, covers and other accessories are additional.

What do you get for your money?

Surface 2 ($649 for the 32 GB version, $799 for the 64 GB).

  • Windows 8.1
  • 10.6 inch HD screen
  • Office programmes pre-installed
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • Free Skype for 1 year
  • 200 GB free SkyDrive storage for two years

Surface Pro 2 (various configurations from 64 GB – $1,299, to 512 GB $2,599)

  • Windows 8.1
  • 10.6 inch HD screen
  • Fourth generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • USB 3.0 port
  • Pressure sensitive Surface Pen input device

2 thoughts on “Microsoft launches the Surface 2 in New Zealand

    • You wouldn’t want to write The Luminaries on it that’s for sure. Good for on the go. I used it on the plane yesterday and it’s the perfect size for using on those rickety tray tables.

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