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Microsoft Surface 2 Release Date: Early 2014 Launch Expected For New PC Tablet, Upcoming Specs Include Haswell Processors, 7-Inch Option & Wireless Charging

By Staff Writer | August 10, 2013 09:49 AM EDT

Microsoft Surface 2 Release Date: Early 2014 Launch Expected For New PC Tablet, Upcoming Specs Include Haswell Processors, 7-Inch Option & Wireless Charging
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The Micosoft Surface 2 release date is expected to be launched early 2014. The second iteration of the PC tablet by the tech giant is now in-development, according to the International Business Times, as confirmed by Nvidia Corporation.

The website Associated News earlier reported that many are in the know that Microsoft began working on the future models of its Surface Tablet since releasing the Core i5 Surface Pro last January.

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Upcoming specs for the Surface 2 include Intel’s new Haswell processors and a 7-inch edition designed to compete with the Google Nexus and Apple’s iPad Mini. But the most expected (or wanted) feature of Surface 2 that everyone is talking about: wireless charging.

Surface 2 may even have a new name, dubbed Surface Plus, and will be available before Christmas according to reports.

Earlier reports note that the new Surface will feature a pre-installed version of Office 2013, which users only need to activate. Gleaning from what we’ve seen from Microsoft Build 2013, there will be a lot more small tablets like the 8-inch Acer Iconia W3.

Newer technologies like NFC and LTE will definitely make appearance in the new surface. If the launch of the new Surface 2 with the rumored features comes to pass, Microsoft will be one of the first tablet makers to use the new high-speed, low-power 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

A member of the Surface Development Team said that the Display Port on Surface Pro can drive an external monitor with resolutions up to 2560 x 1600p.

Microsoft has not commented nor hinted on the release of the new Surface 2, but many are saying that the recent price cuts of the Surface RT and Surface Pro are hints of an upcoming model to be release.

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