Scratching the Surface 2 (in the Price Tag). $100 Off.

Subject: General Tech, Systems, Mobile | August 26, 2014 - 09:10 PM |
Tagged: microsoft, surface, Surface 2

While the Surface Pro 3 has just been released, the latest Windows RT version is still the Surface 2. It is powered by Tegra 4 and contains 2GB of RAM. It also cannot run anything, unless it comes from Windows Store, it is a Windows Update, or it is a website that runs in Internet Explorer 11. If what you are looking for is Microsoft Office 2013 RT (included), Netflix, Halo: Spartan Assault, and so forth, then all Surface 2 models are currently reduced in price by $100 at the Microsoft Store.

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Of course, the launch of the Surface Pro 3 without a corresponding Surface 3 suggests that this sale is a way to clear up-to year-old stock for a product refresh. In January, there were rumors circulating that a Surface 3 would appear with a Tegra K1 processor. Of course, with the first two RT-based Surface tablets containing Tegra SoCs, that could just be pattern recognition (rather than concrete information). Other rumors claim that Microsoft is interested in Qualcomm's chips, if only for a "mini" variant.

Either way, you can get a Tegra 4-powered tablet for $349 USD (32 GB), $449 USD (64 GB), or $579 USD (64 GB with LTE from AT&T). Previously, they were $449, $549, and $679, respectively.

August 26, 2014 | 10:50 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

No one will buy hardware that is restricted to one OS, and no way to side load another! RT, only, or even Android Only, is a big mistake. Give me something with the K1, and a FULL OS, any FULL OS a user wants to run! RT based devices are bound for the same fate as those ET games, and those AOL, and windows 8, CDs/DVDs. Tablets without Full OSs, are just Toys, with their crappy Apps ecosystems and their ad driven, metrics gathering bloat. Its time for tablets to get Full OSs, and crappy closed ecosystem free. The entire Tablet industry is under the control of the ad industry, and tablets are little more than extensions of the Boob Tube. Yes M$ wants to become a services company, an ad services company, with this surface floating up dead in the water.

August 26, 2014 | 11:32 PM - Posted by collie

How the hell do they expect to sell any of these? $350 for 32gb and a dead end os? What are they thinking? This one is just a waste of silicon. I could see buying a RT tablet for $100, but even at that It would be a video watching device and little more. Does RT even have Angry Birds yet? It seems to me that it's not even a real OS till it's got Angry Birds.

August 27, 2014 | 08:48 AM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

How the hell do politicians get re-elected? You have inventory back-up you want to get rid of and a dumbed-down populace to sell it too. But no worries- they can make up any "losses" overpriced keyboards, docking stations and unnecessary monthly subscriber fees.
Real dumb is ponying up $2k+ for a Surface Pro 3. But trust me- someone is out there ....

MS? I see XBox One, Surface Pro and dead people.

August 27, 2014 | 09:56 AM - Posted by ThorAxe

People buy IPads and Chromebooks for no apparent reason. I would much rather have an RT tablet than those pieces of junk. But then again I would rather have Surface Pro 3 than RT.

August 27, 2014 | 11:24 AM - Posted by BBMan (not verified)

I'm not arguing a lot of that. I'd rather have none of the above.

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