Microsoft Explains How It Made Its Windows 8.1 Pro Tablet “Fast and Furious”

The company talks about some of the improvements made to Surface Pro 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 2 was officially launched last month, with the Redmond-based tech giant claiming that it’s faster, more powerful, and provides a longer battery life than its predecessor.

The company has decided to detail all these improvements in a blog post rolled out this morning, explaining that the Surface Pro not only “feels” much faster and better than the original model, but it actually is all of these thanks to multiple upgrades.

In addition to RAM configurations that can go as high as 8 GB and storage capacity of up to 512 GB, Microsoft has also switched to the 4th-generation Intel Core i5 processor for the new Surface Pro 2.

What’s more, some of the design changes led to a battery life improvement of up to 75 percent, so the lithium-ion battery now lasts up to 7 hours on a charge.

Microsoft says that it redesigned the motherboard’s power delivery circuitry and worked together with Intel to develop new Turbo control modes. The drivers have been tweaked for optimal battery life, while SSD vendors contributed with tips on how to improve Active Idle power consumption.

“In order to replace a laptop, Surface Pro 2 is furiously fast; 10 to 20 percent faster than the original Surface Pro, depending upon the amount of RAM available. And what about graphics? The Intel HD4400 GPU is 50% faster than the original Surface Pro. This performance improvement is across the board and especially apparent in graphics-intensive apps,” Microsoft says.

And, of course, it doesn’t stop here. The Surface Pro 2 is cooler and quieter and thanks to its full HD ClearType display with a 0.7 mm glass cover it can offer richer and more accurate colors.

Better sound is provided with Dolby Digital Plus technology, while the addition of a docking station makes it possible to plug in even more USB devices, Ethernet cables and external monitors through the Mini DisplayPort.

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