Microsoft Surface 2 goes on sale amid the Nokia Lumia 2520, iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 launches

We're officially coining the phrase "Tablet Tuesday" as today, 22 October, we're being swamped by the things.

As well as Nokia announcing the Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 tablet during Nokia World in Abu Dhabi this morning, Apple is fully expected to unveil both the fifth-generation iPad and iPad mini 2 during its press event this evening (UK time). But that's not all. Microsoft also chose this day to release its latest tablet devices in stores around the world - in 21 regions, no less. 

The Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 both went on sale today and are available, in the UK, from a variety of stores, including John Lewis, PC World & Currys, Game and Argos. You can also order them from Microsoft's own online store.

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Prices range from £359 for the 32GB Surface 2 up to £1,439 for the 512GB Surface Pro 2. The original Surface and Surface are also still available too, starting at £279 and £569 respectively.

Microsoft has also released The new Type Cover 2 and Touch Cover 2 keyboard and case accessories, as well as a new Docking Station. They start at around £100.

All of the tablets come with their own versions of the new Windows 8.1 - there is a free upgrade available for the original Surface.