Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is here: longer battery life, better display, faster processor

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is here: longer battery life, better display, faster processor
Microsoft's Surface team VP Panos Panay took the stage to announce the second generation of the Surface tablets that marked Redmond's serious entrance in the mobile device business last year.


The Surface Pro 2 has the same 10.6" 1920x1080 pixels ClearType display like its predecessor, but this time with 46% better color accuracy and record low reflectivity, nearly identical with the sRGB color gamut coverage. That is aimed at making it a device for professionals and screen purists alike, but also to make outdoor visibility better for the average user as well.

The new Surface Pro 2 is equipped with the Haswell architecture of Intel's Core i5 processor, meaning it marks strides in battery life compared to its predecessor - 75% improvement, or between 7-10 hours, depending on the usage. The unit has also been made much quieter, though that still means you are likely to see a fan inside. 

New accessories

Microsoft didn't stop here, but added an additional battery in a Power Cover keyboard accessory, which prolongs battery life to the whopping 2.5x of Surface Pro, or north of 12 hours when you use them together.

A new docking station rounds up the offering that Microsoft straight out calls a workstation - the dock features 3 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, Audio in and out. A new Type Cover 2 is also added to the accessory range for the Surface Pro 2, shown on stage in purple, pink, blue, and black, but other colors seem to be in store, too - thinner than the predecessor, with backlit keys. A Touch Cover 2 is also arriving, with 1092 sensors this time, and pressure sensitivity, allowing you to mix your own tunes, for example, while adding very little bulk to the Surface tablet.

Other improvements

Amongst the smaller improvements of the Surface Pro 2 are the new Dolby surround speakers, and the improved kickstand, which can now open at more angles than the 22 degrees of the original, increasing the tablet's "lapability". 

Microsoft also removed the Windows logo on the back, and we get only the Surface brand etched there: "We've added the Surface logo. You're using a Surface, you want people to know you're using a Surface. Let them know," reasoned the Surface team VP. Microsoft is also throwing in free international calling and free Skype Wi-Fi hotspots with the tablet for a year, as well as 200 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage for two years.

Pricing and release date

Surface Pro 2 will be, of course, running Windows 8.1 Pro, and the 64 GB version with 4 GB of RAM will start you off at $899 on October 22 when the tablet goes on sale in 21 markets. There are three additional variations - 128 GB storage and 4GB RAM, 256 GB of storage with 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage with 8 GB of RAM - the last one will run you $1799. The Surface Pro 2 preorders will begin tomorrow, September 24th, at 8am Eastern.

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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



1. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Nice improvement. Pricing will play a big part.

15. UdhaiyaPrasanth

Posts: 76; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

Surface Pro 2 $899 Surface 2 $449 Surface RT $349

2. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

does it support SIM?

3. ihatesmartphone unregistered


4. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

If RT uses the Tegra again nVidia must have given Microsoft a juicy discount or something.

16. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

i believe the surface 2 (the second Surface RT with ARM processor) has a Tegra 4 processor, the first Surface had a Tegra 3, don't quote me on this though. This article is for the Pro 2 though, which has an Intel Haswell Core i5 processor and some version of Intel HD graphics processor, the first Surface Pro has an Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 3317U Processor and Intel HD 4000 graphics processor.

5. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Microsoft please price it right then you might actually stand a chance!!!

6. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I was expecting a fanless tablet...higher resolution, thinner and lighter. Very disappointed :( . I like the new type cover tough...

13. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Fanless wouldn't give it 'pro' performance though

18. giani

Posts: 269; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

If HP can why not Microsoft ?

7. gigantos

Posts: 63; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

'3xUSB1.0'??? Is there still USB 1.0 today, or is it a typo for 2.0?

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

it's 1xusb3 :)

9. Xavier1415

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 26, 2012


10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

A fan inside? No, really... a fan inside? Didn't even know that the previous version had a fan!

11. papss unregistered

I'm aw struck with this one.. Seems to be a beast and that battery life is amazing for what you get. It should and will be prices higher than an iPad for obvious reasons.

12. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

It comes in different colors... here's the best contribution of Nokia since Microsoft bought it! :)

14. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

But can it run Crysis 3 maxed out without lag? /s

17. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

Not without lag, but it should be able to run it without lag when its not maxed out.

19. arqjav

Posts: 55; Member since: Dec 29, 2009

What about the cameras,what tipe of cameras does it have?????

20. Evil_SaNz

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 20, 2011

Haswell gpu can run Battlefield 3 smoothly on low settings, and Intel tablets will start to be more interesting than ARM for games...getting sick of microtransaction games, finally some top notch titles (Steam / Origin on a pseudo tablet!) If Intel continues to improve we'll have a serious breaktrough in mobile gaming...If they team up with Valve we could have futureproof mobile multiplayer

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