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Surface 2

Slightly thinner

45

Color covers

Ports

Camera upgrades

The other side

Backlight

The Surface 2 is a definite improvement over 2012's Surface RT. It's faster with a sharper screen, but it still suffers from a lack of apps.
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The Surface 2 is only slightly thinner than its predecessor. So slight, in fact, that you probably won't even notice the difference.
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The Surface 2's new 45-degree kickstand angle makes it easier to balance on your lap.
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Both the Type and Touch Cover 2 come in multiple colors.
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The Surface 2 features the same ports as the Surface RT. Along the right edge are full-size USB and Micro-HDMI ports.
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The new cameras deliver sharp pics and video, and their low aperture allows them to capture a lot of detail even in low light. The 3.5-megapixel front-facing camera is the best front shooter on any tablet yet. It captures clear, colorful images with lots of detail.
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The Surface 2's volume rocker, headphone jack, and speaker grill. Excited yet?
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The glowing backlight of Microsoft's new covers.
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