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Microsoft Surface Pro 2 now comes with faster processor


Microsoft Surface Pro 2

Microsoft has quietly upgraded the processor in the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, just two months after it first hit shops.

The second Windows 8 tablet to emerge from Microsoft HQ was released on October 22 with a dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U processor clocked at 1.6GHz.

It’s been noticed, however, that recent retail models have been running on an Intel Core i5-4300U chip clocked at 1.9GHz. Besides the increased clock speed, the new chip also features Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology, which improves software security.

Various benchmark reports suggest that Microsoft made these hardware changes some time in late December, just two months on from release.

A company spokesperson told The Verge that "Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers."

With stocks of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2 reportedly low over Christmas, it seems as if Microsoft has refreshed its entire next batch of tablets. There’s every chance that when you pick up a new model, it will feature the new and improved processor.

One thing this does do is address the reversal in clock speed from the original Microsoft Surface Pro, which shipped with a 1.7GHz processor. Of course, the initial Surface Pro 2 model remained a seriously fast machine regardless.

Whether this speed bump also affects the Surface Pro 2’s improved battery life over the original and its cooler, quieter running state remains to be seen.

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January 3, 2014, 6:00 pm

Ouch for those who have forked out for a nice new Surface Pro with the 'old tech'!!!


January 4, 2014, 5:52 pm

You can certainly look at it that way.

Or you can realize that it's only a wait of less than a year before the next named version comes out, which will certainly have a shipload of improvements. And of course, competitors are certain to introduce their own newer/better models in the meantime. By focusing on those facts you can keep holding off purchase forever, in the almost certain knowledge that something better is always just around the corner, so it never makes sense to jump in and buy now.

It's the most elegant way to save money on tech purchases - indefinite deferral.

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