Surface Pro 2 is official, Haswell, dual-stop kickstand

As expected, Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro 2 and the upgrades are inline with our leaked information. The Pro 2 will include a new Intel Haswell chip, additional RAM, and a new kickstand that supports two positions.

The upgrade to Haswell will help to increase the battery life of the Pro and the updated kickstand with two-stops will increase the flexibility of the device and give consumers more viewing options.

Microsoft has also removed the Windows logo from the back of the Surface Pro 2 and it now simply says, 'Surface'. Additionally, the new Haswell chip boosts performance by 20% over the current Surface Pro.

The updated kickstand is arguably one of the biggest upgrades as it makes using the device in different scenarios even easier as you now have the ability to position the device at two different viewing angles.  While it is a small addition to the device, it will be a welcomed upgrade over the last generation of Surface devices.

The upgrade to the Surface Pro is a modest upgrade and will provide a general boost to performance. With the addition of the two-stop style kickstand, the Surface Pro 2 is finding ways to further differentiate itself from its competitors while doing so in a sleek package.

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I think its a great step up, but it doesn't entirely say upgrade for the surface pro 2 users, especially if the keyboards end up being backwards combatible.

I have a 128gb surface, and I was ready to give my money up for a surface 2 pro, but seems that they shafted me with the 4gb on the surface pro 2. I don't need 256gb of space, but I could/would need the 8gb of memory. If the pricing is anything to go by that was leaked, that's just not vaiable for just an 8gb ram upgrade. The battery life is a genuine increase but again if the Power TouchCover works on the first Surface Pro, honestly the first Surface Pro is plenty fast.

The kick-stand is great, but does it really warrant an upgrade on an already fast tablet? I guess it depends on the user.

Klownicle said,
I think its a great step up, but it doesn't entirely say upgrade for the surface pro 2 users, especially if the keyboards end up being backwards combatible.

I have a 128gb surface, and I was ready to give my money up for a surface 2 pro, but seems that they shafted me with the 4gb on the surface pro 2. I don't need 256gb of space, but I could/would need the 8gb of memory. If the pricing is anything to go by that was leaked, that's just not vaiable for just an 8gb ram upgrade. The battery life is a genuine increase but again if the Power TouchCover works on the first Surface Pro, honestly the first Surface Pro is plenty fast.

The kick-stand is great, but does it really warrant an upgrade on an already fast tablet? I guess it depends on the user.

The 8GB ram option also comes with more storage, there's no 128GB and 8GB RAM option, you can only get the 8GB of RAM with either 256GB ssd or the new 512GB ssd. So, pricing wise, it's not just a ram upgrade but also a storage upgrade together for more money.

I have been putting off buying a new laptop until there are more Haswell ultrabooks on the market. So far I really like the look of the Vaio Pro 13 however with the desktop dock if the Pro 2 is priced well I might pick one up. I really liked the build quality of the Pro but it just wasn't quite right for me. I am not a huge tablet user as I want something I can use as a tablet and a desktop which has always limited me to ultrabooks with a separate screen/keyboard/mouse when used in my study.

Having a "proper" computer as a tablet rather than what I consider to be quite limited Android/iOS tablets that dominate would be killer for me.

I know there are other options coming out from Lenovo, etc. however they all have annoying trade offs. A solid docking station would be great which is what excites me about the Pro 2. Really hope MS do it right and I will pick one up in the new year

20% faster and 75% more battery life. wow. it was already the fastest tablet in the world and I wasn't expecting a 20% boost!

Salem874 said,
I take it the quoted 75% battery life boost is the device itself (ie WITHOUT a Power Cover?

That's what it sounds like, the power cover adds quite a bit it seems and they didn't talk about it till later, so this number is just for the device itself.

neonspark said,
20% faster and 75% more battery life. wow. it was already the fastest tablet in the world and I wasn't expecting a 20% boost!

Lets do the math 5 hours + 75% + 2.5 hours power cover =~ 12 hours. Shutup and take my money