Microsoft to launch Surface 2 on Sept. 23 with Windows 8.1, Tegra 4 processor and more, press invites sent

Microsoft is holding a press event on Sept. 23 in New York where the company is expected to launch its second-generation Surface tablets.

The next-generation Microsoft tablet will have Windows RT operating system; however, 'RT' will be removed from Surface and the upcoming device will be called Surface 2.

The press invite (published by GigaOm) says "You're Invited" with the date of the event listed as Sept. 23, 2013. The press invite looks like a screen of a tablet, probably the Surface 2.

Microsoft announced its first Surface range of tablets in June 2012 and the Surface RT tablet made its way to the shelves in Oct. 2012. However, the Surface tablets didn't attract as many customers as the company hoped for.  

"The story of the Surface RT is a bit complex as Microsoft introduced the RT with the general availability of Windows 8 but since its introduction, the tablet has not been selling all that well in the market. This was likely because the device was priced too high and to make the product more appealing to consumers, the company slashed the priced by $150," reports Neowin.

Rumors of the next-generation Surface tablets have been surfacing in the technology space for many months.

The current Surface RT features a Tegra 3 processor and a 10.6-inch display with 1366 x 768 pixels resolution and a pixel density of 143 pixels per inch (ppi). Some rumors suggest that the tablet will look very similar, if not identical to the original Surface RT tablet, but will have a faster Tegra 4 processor and a better 10.6-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution.

The Surface 2 is expected to have Wi-Fi 802.11, full-sized USB 3.0 port, micro-SD expansion of up to 64 GB, and HD video-out port. The tablet is also rumored to include Office Home and Student 2013 RT with Outlook RT.

Technology blogger Paul Thurrott also hints that the tablet will run on Windows RT 8.1 and may also be available in a white color option. Other speculated features for the tablet include VaporMg casing, integrated two-position kickstand, ClearType Full HD display, front- and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth 4.0 and more.

We are still a few weeks away from Microsoft's Sept. 23 event, so we will have to wait a bit more before the company takes the wraps off its next-generation tablet. 

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