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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery given 25% boost thanks to software update

Luke Johnson


Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery given 25% boost thanks to software update
Microsoft Surface Pro 2

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery has been bolstered, with a new software update helping increase the tablet’s staying power by almost 25 per cent.

Despite the tablet having only hit retailers on October 22, a firmware update has already been issued, with the software patch used to re-jig the tablet’s power management systems, allowing the device’s Marvell Wi-Fi chip to consumer less power and thus improving the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life.

According to tests carried out by Anandtech, the software update has seen the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life jump from a piddley 6.6 hours to a more reasonable 8.3 hours during standard web browsing tests.

Although this software patch has introduced major improvements in the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 battery life, the Windows 8.1 powered tablet is still a noticeable step behind some of its lead rivals. Facing the same tests, the iPad 4 achieve a 9.5 hour battery life while the second-generation Google Nexus 7 hit an unbelievable 12.2 hour staying time on a single charge.

Attempting to justify this still reduced lifespan, Microsoft has claimed that the tablet’s higher resolution display, active digitiser and array of integrated sensors all cause the Surface Pro 2 to be more demanding on its battery’s capacity.

Introduced last month, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 is a direct rival to the new iPad Air, with the 10.1-inch display featuring a 1920 x 1080p Full HD resolution.

With Microsoft suggesting its second-generation tablet is “faster than 95 per cent of laptops in the market today,” the Surface Pro 2 comes in an array of specifications, with storage capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB.

Due to the premium collection of innards, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 price starts from a hefty, and laptop rivalling, £719.

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November 4, 2013, 4:38 pm

Direct rival to the iPad Air? Seriously? I do question some of the flame-baiting comments that are posted on this website sometimes. Anyone that follows tech, knows that the iPad is a toy and this can be either a fully fledged computer or tablet. The closest rival that Apple produces to this would be a MacBook Air. Also, regarding the battery life, I don't think that a 1 hour deficit compared to the iPad4 is bad at all


November 4, 2013, 7:15 pm

"Due to the premium collection of innards, the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 price starts from a hefty, and laptop rivalling, £719."

Obviously, as it is laptop in tablet format, unlike the iPad which is a phone in tablet format. An iPad is fine for consuming content or as a basic computer for Joe Average, but they can't run the desktop applications that people use laptops for.

I was looking for the Surface Pro 2, but bought a Vaio Pro 13 (256 Gb PCIe SSD + i7 + 8 Gb = speed demon) instead. You guys can keep your bobo/champagne socialist status symbol toys, as with the sheet battery runs it runs for an unbelievable Nexus 7 and iPad Air busting 14 to 15h, or sometimes even more.


November 4, 2013, 10:11 pm

Wow, the Surface Pro 2 can't rival the battery life of an arm based tablet... who da guessed?


November 5, 2013, 9:02 am

Start comparing x86 Hardware to Arm-based one when Arm-based one finally can catch up to x86 one... last I checked, the iPad still ran iOS instead of Mac OS, you still had to do with PS Touch instead of the full Photoshop, not to mention the fact you can only use stubby-fingers-wannabe-pens instead of real wacom built digitizers (and the new wacom pen for the iPad is NOT a substitute).
25% more battery life is nothing deserving such a lame comparison, especially when 8.x hours is nothing shabby in the Ultrabook world, where this table-laptop-hybrid safely sits in. Especially when most rivals lack the so important digitizers, that turns touch-screen-toys into real workhorses (As a hobby-artist with a wacom-enabled Samsung Slate 7 AND a Wacom Cintiq 24HD I am not to fussed about the current crop of tablet digitizers, as they are shite compared to a real cintiq, but any digitizers is 1000 times better than finger painting :).

Clive Dunn

November 6, 2013, 11:42 am

Where's the dislike button? The comments here are spot-on and the article retarded: It's not an under-powered, limited use, proprietary-laden, incompatible, fiddly to use iPad or similar, it's a fully-functional Windows PC! Perhaps you could complain it lacks the battery life of your cell phone and so isn't as good whilst you're at it! Ridiculous. As somebody else said, compare it to a MacBook before you sell it short as an iPad clone.

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