Microsoft Surface 2 now available for pre-order in 23 countries

By Tom Warren, on 17th Nov 11 3:27 pm with 16 Comments

Microsoft Surface 2.0

Microsoft’s next-generation Surface computer is now available for pre-order in 23 countries.

The Surface 2 computer will be available in early 2012 and Samsung started to take pre-orders for the unit on Thursday. “Customers across a wide range of industries currently integrate Microsoft Surface and make it relevant to their business needs, creating immersive, collaborative and meaningful experiences,” said Somanna Palacanda, director, Microsoft Surface. “With the Samsung SUR40 available for pre-order in 23 countries worldwide, Surface computing will now be more readily available for education, financial and professional services, healthcare, hospitality, retail, manufacturing and resources, and other commercial business environments to help deliver interactive digital content, drive sales, showcase brands, and increase customer satisfaction and loyalty.”

Microsoft originally unveiled its second generation Surface computer at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The Surface 2.0 is a vast improvement from the original Surface and allows retailers to purchase the system at a much lower cost. Popular Science named the Surface 2 the “best of what’s new for 2011″ on Wednesday.The Surface 2.0 will be priced at around $8,400 and features a multicore CPU and GPU by AMD. The samsung SUR40 is made up of an AMD Athlon 2.9GHz dual core processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD, AMD Radeon HD 6750 GPU and a 40-inch HD LCD display.

The display at the heart of the Surface 2 allows for more than 50 points of contacts and is coated in Gorilla Glass for protection. The top part of Microsoft’s Surface 2 uses the biggest piece of gorilla glass that has ever been bonded to an LCD. Microsoft has worked hard with Samsung to ensure the product is suitable for use in locations such as night clubs, bars and food outlets. Although the unit is not “water proof”, both Samsung and Microsoft worked to create drain channels on the device for instances when liquid hits the unit. Microsoft’s Windows 7 will power the new Surface. Samsung manufactures the device in partnership with Microsoft and the new model is just 4-inches thick. Due to the new size of the Surface 2, customers have the option to mount it vertically.

The Surface 2 also responds to objects using optical tag recognition and the ability to read objects using Microsoft’s new PixelSense technology. PixelSense is a proprietary Microsoft technology developed by the company over the past few years. An infrared and optical sensor powers every display pixel and gives an LCD display the power to recognize fingers, hands and objects placed on the screen. As a result there’s over a million sensors in the device seeing what’s on the screen.

Microsoft delivered its Surface 2.0 SDK in July which features a greater Metro style design. Application developers can now target Surface and Windows 7 touch enabled PCs thanks to the fact the Surface runs an embedded version of Windows 7.

  • Anonymous

    does it have a mail client?

    • Aleksandar Toplek

      thinking about courier? :P

    • Anonymous

      yeah.. 

  • http://www.andrew-stockdale.co.uk Andrew Stockdale

    If only I had $8400. Well, I do, but if only I had $8400 of disposable money :(

    • http://www.philipturnbull.com Phil Turnbull

      “Opportunity cost”

      Do you really need that roof over your head?? ;)

    • http://www.andrew-stockdale.co.uk Andrew Stockdale

      If only it was large enough to live under, hobo style ☹

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastian-Swann/100001887920756 Sebastian Swann

    What advantages Surface have when compared to recently showed 62″ Android driven screen ? Because if there are none, maybe Microsoft picked wrong approach to push it to the marked ?

    • Guest

      Did you bother to even watch the video?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastian-Swann/100001887920756 Sebastian Swann

      Yes and I’m still wondering. Before they put this into our homes Android will be there already. And people will no care about one or two options more. Have you bothered to watch Android 62″ tablet ?

    • Guest

      This isn’t aimed at the home. It’s aimed at enterprises and commercial establishments. It’s not simply a single-user input OS like Android, it’s multi-user multi-input and can see and adapt to physical objects being placed on the screen. That’s not “one or two options more”. That’s night vs day.

      What 62″ inch Android tablet are you talking about? Google has a TV strategy which hasn’t gotten off to a good start. MS also has a TV strategy which is separate from this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sebastian-Swann/100001887920756 Sebastian Swann

      Can’t reply to your post so I reply to mine :).

      i’m talking about this (65″ not 62″) tablet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0X1NyZRX_Tk

    • Guest

      @facebook-100001887920756:disqus 

      (below)

      That’s just a large screen running Android. Nothing new there. Just bigger. Look, for regular consumers that may be be enough and interesting. Apple is likely to introduce something similar but higher end running iOS and using SIRI voice control. Neither is a direct Surface competitor, nor is Surface being positioned by MS as its competitor against them, at least at this time. I don’t know that MS is doing anything in fact on the embedded TV side any more. But maybe someone here has more current information. Their (front end) TV strategy for better or worse seems to revolve around Xbox and Kinect.

    • Major Plonquer

      Android is at best a toy.  The only apps that have been developed for it run on a small 4″ or smaller phone screen or a 7-10″ tablet.  I’m sure they’ll look just fine on 62″ though since Android is so blazingly fast. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jairo-Luciano-Alves/100002545369889 Jairo Luciano Alves

    The concept is great, but maybe it should stay a bit more in development and performance optimization.

    • http://twitter.com/BosDev Luc Bos

      I hope the demo didn’t show the final version of the software because it didn’t look very finished to me.

    • http://twitter.com/BosDev Luc Bos

      I hope the demo didn’t show the final version of the software because it didn’t look very finished to me.