Surface 2 specs, features, and analysis

Here's what you need to know about 2013 Surface 2 including price, display info, CPU, RAM, storage, battery, and more.

Availability

Surface 2
Released2013
Release Date
  • Introduced: September 23, 2013
  • Pre-ordered: September 24, 2013
  • Released: October 22, 2013
PricingSurface 2 Wi-Fi
  • $449 - 2 GB | 32 GB
  • $549 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Surface 2 4G LTE
  • $679 - 2 GB | 64 GB
Generations
Surface 2 Price
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - Platinum (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB) - Platinum (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$247.99
$304.99 19% OFF
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 64GB - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
New Microsoft Surface Go 2 - 10.5" Touch-Screen - Intel Pentium - 4GB Memory - 64GB - Wifi - Platinum (Latest Model)
By Microsoft
$229.98
$249.00 8% OFF
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 (2023) - 14.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i7, 64GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, Windows 11, Platinum Color Copilot
Microsoft Surface Laptop Studio 2 (2023) - 14.4" Touchscreen - Intel Core i7, 64GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Nvidia GeForce RTX 4060, Windows 11, Platinum Color Copilot
By Microsoft
$2,849.00
$3,699.99 23% OFF
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - Platinum (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 (Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB) - Platinum (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$364.00
$434.00 16% OFF
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Tablet PC Backlit Keyboard Touchscreen Laptop 13.5" 2K (2256x1504), Intel Core i5-8350U, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, WiFi, CAM, BT Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 Tablet PC Backlit Keyboard Touchscreen Laptop 13.5" 2K (2256x1504), Intel Core i5-8350U, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB SSD, WiFi, CAM, BT Windows 10 Pro (Renewed)
By Microsoft
$309.00
$335.00 8% OFF

Exterior

Surface 2
Dimensions10.81” x 6.79” x 0.35” (275 mm x 172 mm x 8.9 mm)
Width: 10.81” (275 mm)
Height: 6.79” (172 mm)
Thickness: 0.35” (8.9 mm)
Weight
  • Surface 2: 1.15 lbs (522 g)
  • Surface 2 with Keyboard: 1.7 lbs (771 g)
Colors
Silver
Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Surface Type Cover
    • Not included
  • Keyboard:
    • Activation: Moving (mechanical) keys.
    • Layout: QWERTY, full row of function keys (F1-F12).
    • 4 directional keys; Windows and Media Controls Keys.
    • LED backlighting.
  • Trackpad:
    • Two-finger multitouch gesture trackpad.

Display

Surface 2
Size10.6 Inches
Info
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 (2M Pixels)
  • Density: 208 PPI
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9
  • ClearType Full HD Display
  • Touch: 5 points multi-touch

Ports

Surface 2
Ports
  • 1 x Full-size USB 3.0
  • 1 x microSD™ card reader
  • 1 x Surface Charging Port
  • 1 x Headset jack
  • 1 x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1 x Cover port
  • 1 x Nano SIM card slot (Surface 2 with LTE only)

Internal Specs

Surface 2
Processor
  1. NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
    4 cores, 1.70 → 1.90 GHz, 2MB Cache,
Integrated Graphics
  1. NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
    NVIDIA GeForce ULP graphics
    72 Graphics Cores, 672 MHz
Memory2GB of RAM
Storage
  • 32GB 64GB
    eMMC

Connectivity

Surface 2
Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi 4: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n compatible.
Bluetooth
  • Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology
MoreOptional LTE
  • Nano SIM Tray
  • 2G GSM (Quadband: 850/900/1800/1900)
  • 3G UMTS (Bands 1, 2, 5)
  • 4G LTE (Bands 4, 7, 17)

Battery

Surface 2
Size31.5 Wh
Battery LifeUp to 10 hours of video playback
Power Supply
  • 24W proprietary power supply

Software

Surface 2
OS
  • Windows RT 8.1
Built-in AppsMicrosoft Office Home and Student 2013 RT with Outlook

Camera & Audio

Surface 2
Camera
  • 3.5MP front-facing camera with 1080p HD video
  • 8.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Audio
  • Dual microphones
  • Stereo speakers with digitally enhanced for fuller sound

Misc

Surface 2
Sensors
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
In the box
  • Surface 2
  • Power supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Safety and warranty documents
Warranty
  • One-year limited hardware warranty
More
  • Casing: Magnesium
  • Kickstand: 2 positions
  • Physical buttons: volumes, power

Key Features

Surface 2
At Glance
Released in Late
2013
16:9 FHD
10.6”
1080p 60Hz
Weight
1.15 lb
0.52 kg
Powered By
NVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
4C/1.70 → 1.90 GHz
With integrated
NVIDIA GeForce ULP graphics
72 Graphics Cores, 672 MHz
2GB
DDR3L Memory

Photos

Our analysis and reviews

Surface 2 image

What we like

Reasons to like about Surface 2.

Great battery life of up to 10-hours

According to Microsoft, the Surface 2 lasts up to 10 hours of battery life.

Up to 10 hours of video playback

What we don't like

Reasons not to like about Surface 2.

Not supports Windows 11
RequirementsSurface 2
Secure BootYes
TPM 2.0 TPM 2.0
ProcessorNVIDIA Tegra 4 T40
4GB RAM2GB
64GB Drive32GB → 64GB
2 Cores CPU4 cores
Non-upgradable storage

Surface 2 has soldered storage, and there are no M.2 slots for expansion. Learn more

Storage SlotsSurface 2
M.20 - Onboard
Non-upgradable memory

The memory on Surface 2 is soldered to the motherboard, and there is no additional RAM slot for expansion. Since you can't change or add more RAM after you buy, you want to make sure you pick the configuration with the right amount of memory at the initial purchase. Learn more

MemorySurface 2
Slots0 - Onboard
TypeDDR3L
Speed

What's new

Improvements over its predecessor.

About 24% lighter

Surface 2 weighed 1.15 pounds, 24% lighter than the 1.5 pounds Surface RT.

WeightSurface 2Surface RT
Pound
1.15 lbs.
1.5 lbs.
Kilogram
0.52 kg
0.68 kg