Microsoft Surface Pro 2 details emerge

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 details emergeMicrosoft has made it clear we can expect second-generation Surface and Surface Pro tablets running Windows 8.1 and 8.1 RT, plus the introduction of a smaller-screened Surface mini.

That's all still true as far as we know, and some new details have emerged giving us a better sense of what to expect from the most high-end of the trio, the Surface Pro 2.

The details come from the equally trustworthy Neowin and Paul Thurrot, and reveal that first of all the Pro 2 will look pretty much identical to the Pro 1. No complaints there, though – regardless of whatever faults Microsoft's tablet does or doesn't have, poor design and sub-standard build quality aren't among them.

Battery life is a different story, so you'll be happy to hear the new model sees an increase in claimed battery life from 5 hours to 7 hours.

That'll be mainly to do with the newer spec Intel Haswell Core i5 processor, which will be accompanied by a choice of 4GB or 8GB of RAM.

Naturally, Windows itself will also have evolved. Most criticism has been directed specifically at Windows RT, but the Pro will still be a better prospect having jumped from Windows 8 to 8.1.

The kickstand is reportedly undergoing a rethink, and the “refined” two-position design should be more robust than before.

One question we'll be interested to see answered is whether the second-gen Surfaces will come in at the prices the originals were launched at, or at the recently revised lower prices. Competition in the tablet market is only getting fiercer, and that's driving prices downwards, so hopefully it'll be the latter. But then we would say that.

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nickkelly  Sep. 6, 2013 at 21:45

I feel sorry for anyone that bought a 1st generation dud Surface tablet when the 2nd generation duds will be out so soon.

ArthurDent1  Sep. 6, 2013 at 22:20

It sounds great. Nobody will buy it because there are no apps so nobody will develop any apps because nobody's buying it so nobody will buy it and nobody will develop apps...

If Microsoft are serious they need to sell 'em at a loss for a lot less than an ipad (not just 10% less, but something like half the price) in order to shift enough that somebody will bother to start developing apps. Either that or just pay developers to produce apps.

I'd buy one for £150 if it came with a keyboard and Office and was able to play youtube videos and use the BBC iplayer (unlike my Windows 7 phone). Otherwise I'd rather have pretty much any other tablet and/or a cheap laptop.

barrybarryk  Sep. 7, 2013 at 02:30

An i5 tablet with 4GB of RAM and an SSD for less than an iPad? Are you on crack?

£150 with a keyboard and Office? You can't get Windows and Office for that cash let alone some respectable hardware to run it on too.

It's not an iPad, stop comparing it to one.

AhmadCentral  Sep. 7, 2013 at 03:29



I'd buy one for £150 if it came with a keyboard and Office and was able to play youtube videos and use the BBC iplayer (unlike my Windows 7 phone). Otherwise I'd rather have pretty much any other tablet and/or a cheap laptop.


I'd buy 1,000 for £150 each with a keyboard and office and sell them on for a healthy 200%+ profit. -

ArthurDent1  Sep. 7, 2013 at 10:29

It's not an iPad

That's true; people want ipads.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 7, 2013 at 10:36



I'd buy one for £150 if it came with a keyboard and Office and was able to play youtube videos and use the BBC iplayer (unlike my Windows 7 phone). Otherwise I'd rather have pretty much any other tablet and/or a cheap laptop.


I'd buy 1,000 for £150 each with a keyboard and office and sell them on for a healthy 200%+ profit. -

Oh HP Touchpad, how this reminds me of you ;).

Carlingday  Sep. 7, 2013 at 11:08

I feel sorry for anyone that bought a 1st generation dud Surface tablet when the 2nd generation duds will be out so soon.

I feel for people who post negative comments based on what they read on the net rather than actual user experience

barrybarryk  Sep. 7, 2013 at 12:14

That's true; people want ipads.
People that want to browse the web on the move want iPads.

People that want a new level of portable computing want an x86 tablet running Windows with quality accessories like a proper dock and keyboard with a decent battery life. The first surface Pro wasn't up to snuff but don't confuse it with the Surface RT or ARM tablets

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2013 at 16:52

I feel sorry for anyone that bought a 1st generation dud Surface tablet when the 2nd generation duds will be out so soon.

I feel for people who post negative comments based on what they read on the net rather than actual user experience



C'mon... Have you noticed the discounts?

barrybarryk  Sep. 7, 2013 at 17:01

Yeah, They dropped around a whole 10% from the price of a Surface Pro after only 10 months on sale and introduced a 256GB model at the old price of the 128GB. It's the sale of the century.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2013 at 20:48

Yeah, They dropped around a whole 10% from the price of a Surface Pro after only 10 months on sale and introduced a 256GB model at the old price of the 128GB. It's the sale of the century.

C'mon... the Surface RT models weren't meant to be sold in Harvey Norman's and Argos... €339. I'm not saying it's a dud by design or in functionality - I'm sure it does what it was meant to do well. But in terms of sales it's a dud. Even Ballmer not-say said as much. And if you paid full price, you may be a bit p*ssed off, no?
Having said that, the same is true for most Android tabs and phones. The market is cr*p right now. I have serious doubts even the soon to be announced iDevices will repeat last year's Q4 success. The bubble is kaputt. People have other problems.

And Windows 8 is getting a lot of heat right now. In Germany authorities practiacally barred local governments and gov agencies from using any Windows 8 products because of the NSA debacle. Again: I don't wanna single out MS - all tech companies, online service providers and phone networks played willing accomplice. But: you make the biggest bed, you sleep in the biggest puddle.

barrybarryk  Sep. 7, 2013 at 20:55

I'd say the RT is a dud both by design and functionality. A complete and total waste of money both for anyone that bought one and for MS. Though this article is about the Pro which is a completely different animal

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 7, 2013 at 21:09

I'd say the RT is a dud both by design and functionality. A complete and total waste of money both for anyone that bought one and for MS. Though this article is about the Pro which is a completely different animal Arguable.
But the problem is that most people don't get the difference, isn't it?! In that regard the RT was a disastrous idea. Especially when you start selling it in stores where the staff knows less about the products they sell than my cat... or just lie to make the sale. Not to mention that many customers are good listeners...

I think a lot comes together - laptop sales are down anyway; ultrabooks flopped, people have no money and would rather save on food than sacrifice their phones... They do stuff on tabs, pads and phones that they used to do on a laptop, and something with the MS Logo smells of work...

Oh, blah blah blah... we all know this. And why would I defend MS? :p

barrybarryk  Sep. 7, 2013 at 21:22

The Surface Pro was never meant to replace an iPad for people to use facebook and the other **** they get up to on iPads and Android tablets. Having used one on more than a few occasions over the last few months I can say I definitely want one, but there's no chance of me dropping £700 on a laptop replacing tablet that doesn't have a decent keyboard available (and no I don't count the type cover, it's about as usable for actual prolonged use as those roll up keyboards you see in pound shops) or even a decent dock for desktop use.

The battery life needs sorting to get through a few more hours of actual use as well, but laptops were the same until about 5 years ago.

The professional market might be smaller than the general consumer crowd but it's still not small by any stretch of the imagination. It's also the market that MS have consistently focused on and generally dominated.

Stelph  Sep. 9, 2013 at 09:46

I think the surface Pro does suffer from the fact that most people want to have a proper desktop keyboard, or at worst, a latop that they can actually use on their laps. It cant help that other x86 clamshell tablets like the acer w510 largely undercut it as well, even if the processor and build quality arent quite up to spec

But saying that I think MS are right in the long game, currently your average person thinks tablet they think iPad. Say Windows and they probably think Beige Desktop and needing to use a mouse. Given time and more products on the market I think people will come round to the idea that a tablet doesnt just have to be a web-broswer/simple app device but it can actually be a portable all round powerhouse, and MS's policy of not having a seperate OS for their tablets may then win more people round

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