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A Better Laptop Replacement
We asked Wes Miller, an analyst at Directions on Microsoft, for his take on the new Surface tablets. He told us not much has changed on the strategy front. Microsoft has positioned the old Surface Pro as the baseline model without a significant step down in price. Given the new hardware specs, he said he doesn't expect folks to take a step down to save a few dollars.
"When you look at the Surface Pro 2, Microsoft has counteracted anybody who looked at the first generation and said why didn't they have Haswell. More importantly, by increasing both the performance and battery life I think it's better value for your dollar than you got before. But it's still a premium," Miller said.
"If people weren't buying the Surface Pro because the first generation couldn't perform or wasn't a suitable workstation or high-end laptop replacement, they might be incentivized now," he added. "But that's not the general market."
The new tablets will be available in most markets Oct. 22. Surface 2 is available in 32GB and 64GB configurations, with prices starting at $449.