Microsoft Surface tablet might use a proprietary power connector, similar to Apple's MagSafe

Microsoft Surface tablet might use a proprietary power connector, similar to Apple's MagSafe
Last week, it was discovered that Microsoft submitted a patent application for a familiar-looking connector – a connector meant to be used for battery charging and data transfer. Interestingly, it is magnets that keep it attached to the device it is implemented in, just like how Apple's MagSafe connector works. 

Well, Microsoft has apparently put this technique to use already. People who have seen the newly-announced Surface tablet in person or in close-up shots might have noticed a strange terminal on the right side of the device. It looks really similar to what is being described in the patent application, so we might be dealing with a proprietary connector that Microsoft decided to use with its slate.

Now, that is not necessarily a bad thing. Such a magnetic connector ensures that you new, shiny Microsoft Surface tablet will not be sent flying across the room the first time you trip on its charging cable. On the other hand, it is a proprietary connector, and getting spares or replacements for these can be a pain in the neck. 

But despite all that, whether this MagSafe-like connector is indeed present on the Microsoft Surface has not been confirmed yet. Therefore, this terminal on the tablet's side might have a totally different purpose. We hope to find out sooner than later.

source: Engadget, USPTO

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1. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

F* this sh*t! Do we need all these conectors? N0!! When thing were getting a bit comfortable, here comes M$ to ruin it!

2. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Well,this connnector has advantages and disadvantages. Safety is an advantage,but propiteary connnection an lawsuits are disadvantages.

3. aaronkatrini

Posts: 242; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

Ok, then lets go back 10 years ago when Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson, Motorola, Blackberry and everybody else had thier own charging system... Very annoying. For that reason some Good-willing people came together to create the Mini and later on the Micro-USB. And it was going fine. Ok, now thats not enought for some, Well lets create a new standard where everybody is happy! Am I right?

5. Techsword

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Agreed, if you have standards set in stone then innovation cannot happen. The magsafe is a good connector and represents the next level of innovation. Microsoft is trying to keep pace for obvious reasons. Just a reminder apple never got on that standard bandwagon, they made a dongle......

6. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

It's not about standards set in stone. Micro USB should be the industry standard for data and charge. It just makes life a million times easier. How would you like to have a proprietary power cable for each piece of electronic including TVs,DVD players and so on? And who cares about Apple making a ton of money with their proprietary stuff?

4. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I thought there was more or less an agreement (even an official one) that all electronics manufacturers were going to the MicroUSB charging standard? Then again, this is a desktop tablet, and I doubt that a MicroUSB would be able to transfer the power needed to run it and charge it. I just hope they make it small enough that it doesn't interfere with anything. The tablet I used to own had a good-sized audio cable-sized charging port and plug, but was at the bottom left of the tablet when in landscape mode, so I had to cup my hand around it or hold the back of the device, which was awkward

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