Other companies came out with very compelling Win 8 Pro slates, but Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is a big improvement over the unique Surface Pro before it, too, so let's see how it stacks up against its predecessor, and against the thinnest Win 8 Pro tab out there, Sony's Vaio Tap 11, thrown in as another Core iX-powered representative.
With Haswell chipsets we get much better battery life, and that's the main advantage that the Pro 2 has both before the original, and before the Vaio Tap 11, whose slim physique doesn't have place for a bigger battery. The first Surface Pro ran for 3-5 hours before dying off, and Sony thus cites about six hours of battery life out of its 11-incher, while the 10.6" Pro 2 will run north of eight hours on average, says Microsoft, and up to 10 with light usage, which is about as much as Android and iOS slates go.
Next up is the screen, which keeps the 10.6" dimensions, Full HD resolution and ClearType tech of its predecessor, but is now calibrated for up to 46% better color accuracy, meaning it is suitable for professional use, too. Sony's 11" panel is also with 1920x1080 pixels, meaning it sports lesser pixel density, though at the distance you usually use tablets, the difference is unlikely to be noticed unless you are a screen purist. Microsoft also cites record low reflectivity for its panel, which makes all the difference between a barely noticeable and a readable screen outdoors, but we'll have to take the slates out to determine how much better sunlight visibility is in reality.
|Device type||Surface Pro 2||Surface Pro||Sony Vaio Tap 11|
|OS||Windows (8.1 Pro)||Windows (8 Pro)||Windows (8 Pro)|
|Dimensions||10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (275 x 173 x 13 mm)||10.81 x 6.81 x 0.53 inches (275 x 173 x 13 mm)||304.6 x 188 x 9.9mm|
|Weight||32.00 oz (907 g)||32.00 oz (907 g)|
the is 17.4 oz (496 g)
|Physical size||10.6 inches||10.6 inches||11.6 inches|
|Resolution||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels||1920 x 1080 pixels|
|208 ppi||208 ppi||190 ppi|
|IPS LCD||IPS LCD||Triluminous display|
|1.6 GHz Dual core, Intel Core i5||Dual core, 1700 MHz, Intel Core i5-3317U||Intel Core i5|
|Graphics processor||Intel HD Graphics 4400||Intel HD Graphics 4000||Intel HD Graphics 4400|
|4096 MB RAM||4096 MB RAM (Dual-channel)||4096 MB RAM|
|Built-in storage||64 GB||64 GB||128 GB|
|Storage expansion||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC||microSD, microSDHC|
|Camera||Yes||1 megapixel||8 megapixels|
|Camcorder||Yes||1280x720 (720p HD) (29 fps)||Yes|
|Video capture||1280x720 (720p HD)||1280x720 (720p HD)||Full HD|
|Officially announced||23 Sep 2013||18 Jun 2012||04 Sep 2013|
|22 Oct 2013 (Official)||Q4|
|Warranty period||12 Months|
|MSRP price||$ 899||$ 899||n/a|