Firmware update greatly improves battery life of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Firmware update greatly improves battery life of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2
According to a report published on Saturday, a firmware update that was received by the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 has improved the battery life of the tablet. Before the update, the Windows 8.1 Pro powered tablet lasted 6.6 hours while browsing and 6.65 hours while playing video. After the update, those times improved to 8.3 hours for browsing and 7.73 hours for video.

The update was desperately needed as Microsoft admitted that the slate has a number of things that require power from the battery such as the higher resolution display, active digitizer and capacitive touch. Following the update, the Surface Pro 2 jumped over the Microsoft Surface RT, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1, the Microsoft Surface 2 and the Google Nexus 10  when measuring battery life while browsing. When it comes to viewing video, the update enabled the Surface Pro 2 to hop over the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

Any Microsoft Surface Pro 2 owners spot the improved battery life with their tablet?


source: AnandTech via MicrosoftNews, WMPoweruser

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Surface Pro 2
  • Display 10.6" 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Processor Intel Core i5, Dual-core, 1600 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB

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15 Comments

1. DFranch

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

That is pretty impressive considering the Surface pro 2 is a full fledged computer with a core i5 processor, and the rest are simple mobile devices.

2. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I agree. It's actually really nice in person. The price is the only thing stopping me. My lenovo x220 pretty much has it beat in every department for less.

4. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

except form lol

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

yea the form is much better but my x220 isnt exactly huge either

3. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

just needs to be a little bit cheaper, IDK I think the whole Tech industry is still too expensive. Loving the Amazon/Nexus pricing model though!

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Quad core bay trail windows 8 tablets still beat any android device and they get 12+ hours of battery life.

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Commoditizing the market seems great from an individual point of view, but it is bad for the industry in the long run. All you need to do is look at the health of OEMs in the tech business, or the nearly two decades of awful Windows beige box desktops and brick laptops. That is what happens when only one or two players makes the majority go the money.

14. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

finally a wise guy. kudos

6. hafini_27

Posts: 944; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Now, only if it is cheaper

9. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 883; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

Veery impressive... Now MS is doing a good job

10. papss unregistered

I think it's priced right for what you get and I'm all for the better battery life for such a full featured ultra tablet. I will be purchasing one right after the first of the year.

11. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

If only it were easy to use on the lap in weird positions

12. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

How do we know if we got the updated firmware? Is there a rev change?

13. timezone

Posts: 87; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

Went to updates and forced the update.

15. makio9

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

ummm...what firmware update?

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