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Surface Pro 2, 2013
This is the Surface Pro 2 which arrived in October 2013, powered by a fourth generation (Haswell) processor, which delivered a improved performance and battery life over the original model. It features a dual-angle kickstand with the aim of making it more comfortable to work or watch video. Our reviewer liked the performance boost but said the unchanged chassis design "feels bulkier and heavier than ever."
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This is the Surface Pro 3, a 12-inch Intel Core i7-based device with a 2160 X 1440 resolution screen and an adjustable kickstand. Microsoft is promoting this devices as "the tablet than can replace your laptop." Whether is will remains to be seen - Windows tablets still have a tiny market share compared to iOS and Android devices.
However for a 'mobile-first, cloud-first' Microsoft, having a toehold in the tablets market remains essential, so more Surface devices (perhaps including a 'mini' seven- or eight-inch screen device) seem almost inevitable.
Surface Pro 3 news
- Microsoft unveils the Surface Pro 3
- Surface Pro 3 pricing
- What Microsoft didn't announce today: An ARM-based Surface Mini
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