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Surface Pro 2 gets faster processor just months after release

Microsoft has stealthily augmented the Surface Pro 2’s processor just months after its launch with new owners able to benefit from a faster version of the tablet PC.

The firm confirmed to The Verge that the latest retail version of the device is shipping with an Intel i5-4300U chip clocked at 1.9GHz as opposed to the original i5-4200U that had a speed of 1.6GHz.

"Microsoft routinely makes small changes to internal components over the lifetime of a product, based on numerous factors including supply chain partnerships, availability, and value for our customers. With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent," a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge.

When Microsoft made the change is unclear with Geekbench scores over the past month suggesting that the tweak happened in December and as well as being faster the processor includes Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology that provides better software security.

Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 2 in September alongside the Surface 2 with the former increasing battery life by 60 per cent when compared to the predecessor, the Surface Pro.

The company has dubbed the Surface Pro 2 a “true laptop replacement” and as well as the more powerful processor it has a 10.6in display and is equipped with a redesigned kickstand that allows it to be propped at two angles as opposed to one.

It comes in a range of different configurations with 64GB and 128GB memory sizes having 4GB of RAM, and 256GB and 512GB memory capacities benefiting from 8GB of RAM.

Sales of second generation Surface Pro were a marked improvement on the original version with Microsoft reporting just two weeks after the release that the tablet was close to selling out.

Jamie Hinks
Jamie Hinks

Jamie is a freelance writer with over eight years experience writing for online audiences about technology and other topics. In his time writing for ITProPortal he wrote daily news stories covering the IT industry and the worldwide technology market, as well as features that covered every part of the IT market, from the latest start ups to multinational companies and everything encompassed by the IT sector. He has also written tech content for our sister publication, TechRadar Pro. Jamie has since moved into sports betting content and is Content Manager at Betbull.