Microsoft has officially announced the successor to the Surface Pro tablet/laptop hybrid released last October. The new Surface Pro 2 offers some key improvements that plagued the previous model with an identity crisis last year. Namely the device’s main purpose was blurred—was it a machine for work or a simple toy for play.? With the internal improvements announced today, Mashable reports the Surface Pro 2 looks to be leaning toward the former.
The Surface Pro 2 now offers a 75 percent increase in battery life for up to seven to 10 hours on a single charge, thanks largely to the energy-saving capabilities of its new Intel Haswell processor. A refreshed docking station will allow for three USB 2.0 ports, a USB 3.0 port, as well as Ethernet, mini-display, and audio in/out ports. The company also touted the tablet’s new built-in kickstand, which now can be adjusted at several different angles for, as Microsoft puts it, “increased lapability.”
And the price? The base model Surface Pro 2 with 64GB of memory and 4GB of RAM will start at $899, while the fully loaded Pro 2 (512GB of memory, 8GB of RAM) will set you back $1,799. The Surface RT, the Pro’s lighter, low-cost sibling, has been updated and rebranded as the Surface 2, but you can still buy last year’s Surface RT as a legacy product for $349. The new lineup hits stores Oct. 22, but you can preorder them tomorrow morning.