It’s been almost three months since Microsoft released the Surface Pro in Canada and the US, with other countries getting their hands on the device at the end of this month. However, as with all releases it doesn’t take long before there is talk of a 2nd-generation model.
However, before we get onto that subject, it’s worth remembering that Microsoft already has plans to release other Surface devices. We are not certain what these will be, but we do know there could be a 7-inch version of the Surface, which is needed if Microsoft has any hope of competing in such a competitive market.
While the current model is a decent device, it’s still far from perfect, but what isn’t? There is so much we expect to see with the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, with the first being wider availability at launch. It’s for this reason why sales have been slow, along with the fact that Microsoft has fallen for the same problems as their rival, and that’s unable to keep up with supply and demand. We also hope the next version will be released simultaneously in more than two countries.
It goes without saying that the Microsoft Surface Pro 2nd-generation should come with Intel’s Haswell processor, this would offer increased performance and improved battery life. Some users have complained that the battery life for the Pro is not acceptable, so Microsoft surely needs to address this?
One of the most requested features would be for LTE/4G, although this is something more associated with tablet devices, and we have to remember that the Surface Pro is more like an Ultrabook, although we’re sure consumer and business users would like the ability to use this fast cell service? Having said that, this will not stop people comparing the Surface Pro to the iPad and Android tablets.
Connections and onboard ports are limited, and so a docking station would be very welcome indeed, although Microsoft has already made hints that they could release a docking station for the current Surface Pro in the future. A thinner, lighter body is something being requested, but again, this is not a tablet, so we cannot expect it to be as thin.
When do you think Microsoft will release the Surface Pro 2, and what would your wish list be?