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Microsoft Surface Pro 2: Predicting 2nd-generation features

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?

Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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mitchellvii

MS will never release a Surface Pro II. MS is a software company and only sells hardware (like Amazon) to sell more software. MS does not have the economies of scale to make a profit on Surface Tablets. Surface Pro was intended to goose MS’s hardware partners into making better hardware. They have. It was intended to goose Windows 8 sales. It has. Mission accomplished. With impressive devices like the Dell XPS 11 and the Samsung ATIV Q coming along, what is MS’s motivation to sell another SP device only to lose money on each unit sold? THIS is why… Read more »

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Michael Lang

I am very interested to see what the Surface Book is which is comming soon. But I would be happy to see the standard 10.8″ surface pro just get an update with the new haswell processor. I am holding out for haswell for sure. I have been fighting back the urge to just cave and run out and buy the current Surface Pro but for a poor person like me a $1k purchase means its gotta be something that is gonna get me through the next 5 to 7 years of my life. I did upgrade my old laptop to… Read more »

Hemakumar Vajjha

Love you MS

Mike E. Delta

I like my Surface RT, they just need to get the Apps rolling in a lot faster…I really wish they could threaten these fools to make ’em but that’s not friendly is it? I also don’t agree with any talks of abandonment, wouldn’t this just feed into everyone’s argument that they leave consumers high and dry with products? I really wish there was still a way for me to get a Zune-like device, but for me I suppose that will have to be the Surface. Hot Hardware with Slick Software. It is, I don’t care what you say… =|~)

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