Microsoft patent filing reveals Surface 2 kickstand features

It was only yesterday that Neowin revealed some of the specs that will be coming with the Surface 2, and a new patent application now defines the "refined hinge" that we discussed.

In a newly released patent application, Microsoft has filed for a patent that would allow the surface hinge to stop at two locations. Meaning, there would be two "stops" that would allow the Surface to be propped up at multiple angles. To go further, Paul Thurrott confirmed our report yesterday about the Surface Pro 2 and noted that the refined hinge matches up exactly to this newly released patent filing.

While there is no definitive proof from the filing, one might conclude that the sketches in the filing are representative of the Surface Pro 2 or Surface RT 2 (expected to be called simply the "Surface 2"). As we noted in our previous report, the two products will be nearly identical to the original Surface but the new hinge will be an obvious difference.

While we have not heard of any defined timeline for the launch of new Surfaces, with Windows 8.1 being released in October, it would not surprise us to see them hit store shelves around that timeline.

Source: Freepatentsonline.com via @H0x0d

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Folks, this diagram represents exactly what is inside the current Surface RT and Surface Pro, it does NOT represent a multi-notch multi-angle, or even upgraded concept. So if this part of the Surface 2 is redesigned then it's the wrong diagram.

So can anyone tell me what the two kickstand positions will be ?

One of the major problems with Surfact Pro and RT is that they cannot be used on the lap just like a normal laptops. But then again these are not laptops, even though the surface Pro is bulky like a laptop.

Isn't the assumption that if your sitting on the couch, the slate mode makes more sense? I can stand and hold a laptop too in a way I can't hold a slate, but is that really better?

I'm wondering why not have a "tray" extending from underneath the type/touch cover to the back of the device (acting as a flat surface for the hinge to sit on). That would (a) actually make it possible to put on your lap and (b) keep the type/touch cover on a straight angle for easier typing.

I wish there would be a feature to strongly lock the kickstand open so that you can use it to rest the tablet with a low angle (basically with the tablet up side down)

I want a Surface Laptop so bad. Just make it 13" and give me a keyboard that can support it for lap use.

Surface Pro 2 is My Next Computer\Tablet. My only wish is that I hope they would make it lighter\thinner. I know it has haswell and battery life 40% improved which is great and it comes with 8GB RAM version. so far so good.

volodoscope said,
That would be a nice new feature. Now if only Microsoft can make those bezels thinner.

It's a pretty large touchscreen. You need those bezels to hold it.

volodoscope said,
That would be a nice new feature. Now if only Microsoft can make those bezels thinner.

The bezels are a lot smaller than on some other tablets.

is it possible at all to have a bezel free touch screen ? I'm just curious. Maybe in the future

LG have some huge bezel less TVs but they are not touch screen.

People are obsessing over bezels like these are TVs or Monitors or something. They aren't. They are handheld devices and they need some space to hold your thumbs when using them.

Well it's pretty obvious that you can't hold Surface Pro with one hand for long. So what's the point. If you look at iPad mini, Samsung Tab and Nexus 10, all have much smaller bezels and it's much comfortable to hold.

Surface Pro has an Intel processor, the rest you mentioned are ARM. Can't compare apples to oranges even if they are both fruit.

I would love it if you were able to install this on the original Surface. Not that I really need the extra angle, but it's the only place I managed to get a scratch so far! Really annoyed.

I wonder if they'll update the magnetic power plug connector. Its a little bit of a pain to get it to connect to the charger. Nice that they're adding to angles to adjust the kickstand to.

Agreed. That is the ONLY thing I don't like about my RT and Pro. I have to say that I prefer the RT to the Pro in most situations.

It doesn't say when the Surface 2 is being released, it just shows that they're probably making one. Why should you have waited? Did you assume the Surface would never get a replacement?

zrlan7710 said,
Sorry for your losses. Next time be more watchful, or earn more money to buy one more!

Why? All this says is that there is a new version in development. There always is a new version in development.

The moment the Surface 2 is released there are internal documents and prototypes for a Surface 3. Should we wait for that one as well if these documents are leaked?

Besides Surface 2 will be much more expensive. It's not as if you could've gotten it for the same price a few months from now.

Boyejo said,
Wow just bought surface rt
Never buy the first generation of any consumer product. Especially from Microsoft.

JHBrown said,
Never buy the first generation of any consumer product. Especially from Microsoft.

Really? I got the Xbox, it was a great device. The second generation (X360) had PROD.. should have skipped the second generation.

I got the Surface. Love it! We'll have to see about the Surface 2.

What hardware products does Microsoft have that your rule applies to? It doesn't work for the ones I have.

Ronnet said,

Really? I got the Xbox, it was a great device. The second generation (X360) had PROD.. should have skipped the second generation.

I got the Surface. Love it! We'll have to see about the Surface 2.

What hardware products does Microsoft have that your rule applies to? It doesn't work for the ones I have.

Im happy that your Xbox worked out for you. For many it did not. The general rule for consumers is to always wait for the second or third generation. Microsofts operating comes to mind. You can sugar coat your particular experience if you want. A smart consumer will wait and do research especially when a product is at the end of its life cycle. Such as the Surface 1.

Edited by JHBrown, Sep 5 2013, 3:08pm :

JHBrown said,
Im happy that your Xbox worked out for you. The general rule for consumers is to always wait for the second or third generation. Microsofts operating comes to mind. There's one of your examples.

Naturally its better to wait for a company to get experienced in something before you buy from them. However you said Microsoft specifically. What do you mean? What is Microsoft Operating?

Ronnet said,

Naturally its better to wait for a company to get experienced in something before you buy from them. However you said Microsoft specifically. What do you mean? What is Microsoft Operating?

Operating system. I'm typing this from my mobile phone and the auto correct is a pain in the a$$ sometimes. As far as operating system, Windows 8 < 8.1.

JHBrown said,
Never buy the first generation of any consumer product. Especially from Microsoft.

And if everybody took your advice, no consumer product would ever have a second generation. Good one.

JHBrown said,
Operating system. I'm typing this from my mobile phone and the auto correct is a pain in the a$$ sometimes. As far as operating system, Windows 8 < 8.1.

What phone do you have?

Also my Surface is also getting the 8.1 update so I stil dont see why I should skip 1 gen devices from MS. So far they are pretty good.

I find it mind numbing when people complain about a year old product getting an annual update. I could understand maybe if it was only 6 months. What do people expect the product to go 3 years without hardware updates? Also I'm sure whatever you paid recently is less than what these new devices will cost.

TMYW said,

And if everybody took your advice, no consumer product would ever have a second generation. Good one.

Well, if you were expecting genius, you were looking in the wrong place... lol