11:38AM EDT - I think we're wrapping up here, off to get hands on shortly

11:33AM EDT - Specs are up, preorders start 9/24 at 8 AM, launch on 10/22

11:32AM EDT - Surface Remix Project being shown off with those buttons being used for more than just QWERTY

11:30AM EDT - We're looking at how the touch cover sensors can be used for other things like instrument control with pressure sensitivity

11:27AM EDT - Looking at a video of Surface 2, coming 10/22

11:24AM EDT - Gestures on top with these new sensors, new experiences beyond just typing

11:22AM EDT - Many more sensors, 1092 sensors in Touch Cover 2

11:22AM EDT - Touch cover is also backlit now, thinner, more rigid, turns itself off when not being used

11:21AM EDT - Going over everything in Surface 2 - price $449

11:20AM EDT - 200 GB of SkyDrive for 2 years with Surface 2

11:17AM EDT - That front facing video demo was pretty compelling, the lights went down very low in here but exposure looked great on the video preview

11:14AM EDT - Unique lens, able to filter light through the product (need more on this), very low light inside the room right now but the video looks great

11:13AM EDT - Looking at Skype now and how the adjustable angle on Surface 2 helps the front facing camera experience

11:11AM EDT - Surface 2 cameras - back camera is better by 5x (not sure what metric they're referring to), front facing camera is improved

11:10AM EDT - Working and playing at the same time on Surface 2 with Spartan Assault next to Office apps as a crazy example

11:09AM EDT - 72 cores on the GPU right now, Tegra 4 in the Surface 2

11:08AM EDT - Looking at Surface 2 running all four Office apps at the same time

11:06AM EDT - Office comes with Surface 2, full Office Suite

11:05AM EDT - 100k apps in the Windows Store right now

11:05AM EDT - Talking about Surface 2 running RT 8.1 and multi user scenarios at home

11:02AM EDT - 25 percent battery life improvement on Surface 2

11:02AM EDT - Also has the 2-stop kickstand for use on the lap, 2 pieces of magnesium, same process as in the past, less display reflectivity

11:01AM EDT - Moved from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 on Surface 2

11:01AM EDT - Screen on Surface 2 is full 1080p clear type display, 3-4 times faster

11:00AM EDT - Added a surface logo to the back, color now shows off the alloy used as well

10:59AM EDT - Doubled bus speed for Wifi, memory, increased CPU speed

10:59AM EDT - "Lighter, Faster, Full HD"

10:58AM EDT - Watching a summary video now for Surface

10:57AM EDT - Vision with Surface was to move beyond consumption and enable creation on a tablet without having to move all the way up

10:56AM EDT - Moving on to Surface 2 now

10:55AM EDT - That wraps up Surface Pro 2 – better display, better speakers, Haswell, and improved accessories

10:54AM EDT - Keyboard is backlit as well, and dims in 9 seconds

10:54AM EDT - Very quiet keyboard, feel but not hear the keypress

10:53AM EDT - Better key switch, full 1 mm removed from travel, Type Cover 2 is now almost as thin as the original touch cover

10:52AM EDT - Type Cover 2 with colors

10:50AM EDT - Optically bonded display with the least amount of reflectivity in the industry

10:49AM EDT - Raw 6K image data, 9x the resolution of Full HD going to Surface Pro 2

10:48AM EDT - Now that RED camera on stage makes sense

10:46AM EDT - USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports, miniDP, ethernet, audio, and power in the docking station

10:46AM EDT - Surface docking station

10:45AM EDT - Surface Pro 2 now has all day battery life with the Power Cover keyboard and battery

10:44AM EDT - 30 Whr battery added to the device

10:44AM EDT - 2.5 times battery life from the original device with Power Cover

10:43AM EDT - More battery life - 75 percent improvement in battery life

10:43AM EDT - Surface Pro 2 operates cooler, quieter

10:42AM EDT - Surface Pro 2 now has Haswell inside

10:42AM EDT - Looks like Surface Pro 2 has two kickstand positions now

10:41AM EDT - Able to use it on the knees at a great angle now, evolution of the kickstand

10:41AM EDT - Surface Pro 2 has a tweaked kickstand, more than just 22 degree tilt now, needs to work better in the lap

10:39AM EDT - Improved performance by 20 percent

10:38AM EDT - Increased graphics performance on Surface Pro 2 by 50 percent

10:38AM EDT - Surface Pro 2 is faster than 95 percent of all laptops in market today, it's a full PC

10:38AM EDT - "People love Surface Pro because it's fast"

10:38AM EDT - Dolby Pro 2, better sound with boost, subtle changes

10:37AM EDT - Color accuracy is much better on Surface Pro 2

10:37AM EDT - ClearType HD display, wanted to make it as productive as possible, true to color true to life images, 46 percent more color accuracy

10:36AM EDT - 'Surface Pro 2 has been the best selling device in its class'

10:35AM EDT - Starting with Surface Pro 2

10:35AM EDT - Next generation of devices, two of them, the most powerful professional use tablet will be introduced today in Surface Pro 2, and the most productive tablet with Surface 2, 7 accessories

10:34AM EDT - Working on second gen products for 18-24 months

10:34AM EDT - Just saw Surface Pro 2 flash briefly on the screen

10:33AM EDT - Here we go, getting started

10:29AM EDT - Unfortunately the event venue is below street level so LTE is shaky at best, no AT&T LTE, barely any Verizon LTE, hoping this holds up, if I go text only, you'll know why

10:26AM EDT - Hopefully this time around Tegra on RT does use the shadow core, that'd be my biggest desire from a hardware standpoint

10:24AM EDT - The event gets underway at 10:30 AM so we've got a bit of time still, which I guess we can pass with some speculation. I'd guess Tegra 4, plus possibly a S800 variant for the RT successor, and it's just a matter of which Haswell ends up inside the Pro successor at this point.

10:20AM EDT - There are some Surfaces on the podium, are any of these a Surface 2? Hard to tell from here

10:18AM EDT - WiFi is holding up, thankfully Microsoft is running some 5 GHz channels, but already down to the lowest MCS rate, Verizon LTE is holding up though, so hopefully photos will come through ok

10:17AM EDT - It's just me today on photos and text, it's going to be a busy week here in NYC



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  • Impulses - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    A) It IS actually useful and meaningful to render at a higher res and then scale down like Apple does, though it comes with a performance and compatibility penalty at times.

    B) It's not preferable on Windows because there's so many legacy apps that DPI scaling can be a nightmare, even 1080p at under 13" can cause all sorta issues.
  • Stuka87 - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    @Impulses I was actually referencing the RT/Surface 2 model. Which has no legacy apps as it is ARM based. But what you say is very true of standard Windows 8/8.1. Reply
  • ananduser - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    You can add to your "1" the added penalty that Apple cannot offer 1080p displays for their MBA and their MBP 13/15" which ship with 1280x800/1440x900(TN panels). If Windows has legacy issues with scaling, OSX is so bad that it simply doesn't address the issue at all. Reply
  • Impulses - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    MBA displays pale in comparison to current ultrabooks, totally, but it has more to do with Apple wanting to milk a larger profit out of the Airs than anything else... I don't give Apple credit for much, and I think the way iOS handles scaling is asinine, but I think for a desktop OS the OS X approach actually made lot of sense despite the early drawbacks. More horsepower eventually solves most issues and you depends a bit less on developers to comply. Reply
  • ananduser - Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - link

    Apple's approach to scaling is literally pixel doubling or bust. That's why there isn't any room for "in between" resolutions like FullHD. Using a FullHD panel on the MBA would mean making use of a non-integer scaling factor, the same one Windows applies(1.25 or 1.50 or maybe even 1.35). Apple knows the visual experience won't be as "sharp" as it would want it to be. That was my point and not ios scaling. Reply
  • Dribble - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    I see no mention of weight reduction? As someone who has actually played with a surface pro I can say it was far to big and heavy. It's basically a little laptop as you can hold it like a tablet for long. Surface 2 pro needs to be more iPad size/weight and less like a brick for it to have much chance, or it'll just be another small expensive laptop. Reply
  • kyuu - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    It's a real computer, and there's no way you're cramming real computer specs into an iPad frame. If you're looking for something that actually competes with an iPad, you should be comparing the Surface (RT) 2, not the Pro. Reply
  • Bob Todd - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    This. People need to realize the Surface Pro is a bit of niche product. Don't think of it like (or compare it to) an iPad. Think of it like a Macbook Air with a much better screen that you can use in tablet mode. When viewed through that lens it is a lot more compelling, especially if we are talking about 10+ hours of battery life now with Haswell. The 13" Air is a really nice ultraportable, but this would work even better for me for travel. I just think it needs a higher res display in conjunction with pixel doubling in desktop mode. Trying to use desktop apps like Outlook @1080p on a 10" screen doesn't sound fun. Reply
  • fteoath64 - Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - link

    @Dribble: " Surface 2 pro needs to be more iPad size/weight". This is just IMPOSSIBLE with the Haswell chip in there. Unless, it get throttled down to 800Mhz or 600 Mhz which means even the Snapdragon 800 and Tegra4 chip will beat it in both performance and power consumption at this low frequency. One ends up with a laggy Win8 experience which nobody wants at any price. This is where the BayTrail Atom tries to address where is could possibly near the "acceptable performance" with the right frequency (ie 1.6Ghz) with the target power consumption figures that are competitive to the market.
    Sure, it is not fair to compare Win8 tablet to an Android tablet or IOS tablet. But if their use was in similar capacity, then the comparison is valid and user choices will change to the preferred devices.
  • ruzveh - Monday, September 23, 2013 - link

    What a boring event Reply

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