Microsoft has already confirmed to be working on the new Surface, although they haven’t made an official comment. According to rumors, Surface Pro 2 seems to introduce some substantial updates in hardware specifications, compared to the current generation.
Neowin has learned from close sources that the Surface Pro 2 will have a 4th-gen Intel Core i5 processor (Intel Haswell chips) with doubled RAM, which should rise from 4 GB to 8 GB. Upgrading to Haswell chips, will help to increase the battery life for a total of about 7 hours of use, and improve the performance. Even resource extensive software like Photoshop will be convenient to use on the device.
Apparently, Surface Pro 2 will have a similar appearance as its predecessor on the market today, but it will also feature a redesigned kickstand, and according to the source, the kickstand “might be a more robust stand or a stand designed to offer alternative viewing angles.” Microsoft has already filed a patent regarding its improved kickstand that stops the Surface hinge at two locations.
Besides, Microsoft is reportedly planning a new marketing campaign aimed to stimulate consumer interest in the Surface series. As of now, we don’t have any information on the price and release date, but the new Surface Pro 2 and Surface RT 2 are expected to arrive by the end of 2013 or in the Q1 of 2014.
Recently, the Redmond group has cut the price of the current-generation Surface tablets, with a goal to reduce the inventory to make room for new market, and fiscal loss of $900 million in the last quarter.