(VIDEO) Microsoft Introduces Surface 2, Surface Pro 2 Tablets

Microsoft unveiled new Surface tablets at an event in New York today.

The Surface Pro 2 will ship with Windows 8.1. on Oct. 22 and cost a base price of $899. Users will get free Skype calling to landlines for one year and 200GB of SkyDrive storage for two years.

Microsoft is also unveiling several new accessories for its Surface tablets. The Surface Pro line is getting a docking station that will transform the tablets into something closer to a traditional PC by providing USB ports, for connecting a mouse and keyboard to, as well as a Mini DisplayPort for adding an external monitor. There’s also a new attachable keyboard called the Power Cover, which includes a built-in battery for extending the tablet’s daily longevity, in addition to a backlit keyboard called the Type Cover 2, among others.

The Surface 2 is thinner, lighter and faster than the original tablet, Microsoft said. The company also promises it will last for up to 10 hours while playing back video. A 32GB Surface 2 will cost $449.

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