Microsoft has announced Surface Pro 2 along with some interesting (good) upgrades. The screen resolution continues to support 1080p and USB 3.0 ports are still included. However, the Surface Pro 2 boasts better colour accuracy and when docked will support up to a whopping 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. The CPU has been given an upgrade to Haswell, no surprises here but what did surprise many was that Microsoft opted not to go with the Y series (designed specifically for low powered portable devices). Instead, Microsoft have gone with the Core i5-4200U (what you would find in an Ultrabook) 15W Haswell. Still, even with the more powerful processor, Microsoft claim a 75% battery performance improvement.
|Surface Pro 2||Surface Pro|
|Dimensions||10.81" x 6.81" x 0.53"||10.81" x 6.81" x 0.53"|
|Display||10.6-inch 1920 x 1080||10.6-inch 1920 x 1080|
|Weight||2.0 lbs||2.0 lbs|
|Processor||Core i5-4200U with HD4400 Graphics (15W Haswell ULT)||Core i5-3317U with HD4000 Graphics (17W Ivy Bridge)|
|RAM||4GB or 8GB LPDDR3||4GB|
|Storage||64 or 128GB (4GB RAM)|
256GB or 512GB (8GB RAM)
|64GB or 128GB|
|Battery||42.0 Wh||42.0 Wh|
|Price||From USD$899||From USD$899|
The Surface Pro for me was good enough to be a desktop replacement, this new Surface Pro 2 with a more powerful processor and accessories such as the dock places a number of Ultrabooks and desktops in the firing line.