A new Microsoft video shines the spotlight on a few of the new and improved features in the Surface 2 tablet.
Available via YouTube, the "Making of Surface 2" video highlights the new Touch Cover, showing how you can create touch gestures by swiping across keys, thanks to a high-resolution sensor. The original Surface embedded a pressure sensor under every button. But the new Surface uses a matrix of sensors spread out across the entire keyboard, thus allowing for gestures, as well as more accurate keystrokes.
Available in a wider array of colors, the Surface 2's Touch Cover also adds backlighting to the keyboard. Finally, a new kickstand offers a couple of different angles -- one designed for a flat surface and another designed for your lap.
The Surface 2 is available for preorder. The 32GB version sells for $449, while the 64GB edition will cost $549. Microsoft said last week that the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 are in short supply, though it didn't reveal specific preorder numbers.
The Surface 2 will run Windows RT, while the Surface Pro 2 will be outfitted with Windows 8.1. Both models are due to reach stores October 22.