Microsoft has just confirmed The Verge that they’ve started updating the Intel processor in its Surface Pro 2 tablets, and are shipping with a faster 1.9GHz Core i5 inside instead of the 1.6GHz chip that came with the earliest models. Full details after this fold!
Aware of the Microsoft’s original release of the Surface Pro 2 on October 22nd, 2013? Just after two months the latest unit now contains a processor clocked at 1.9GHz, instead of the stock 1.6GHz Intel i5-4200U chip that actually shipped with the Pro 2 tablet earlier.
Obviously, the software giant is just rolling a stealthy upgrade and why? Although it notes that “routinely” tweaks designs based on part availability and customer value. Confirmed by the Microsoft’s spokesperson that the change is a statement which “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,” and “With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent.”
According to TheVerge, one of the Surface Pro 2 owner noticed that the change after swapping his faulty unit following a recent firmware update issue. Recent Geekbench scores suggest Microsoft made a big change in late December, but the Redmond company as not provided timing to The Verge.
Apart from the speed improvement, the two Intel Core i5 processors (4200U and 4300U) are relatively similar. The new i5-4300U chipset is clocked higher, and it also includes Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology for improved software security.
It’s unclear behind a processor speed dump, and Microsoft isn’t commenting on its decision to improve the Surface Pro 2 components either, after just two months. Finally, it is expected to see the refreshed model in a now filtering into retail channels, and anytime the future stock should start to ship with the faster Intel processor.
Is it a good news for latecomers who’ll get more for their money? Getting a new refreshed model of Surface Pro 2 with i5 processor which gets a speed bump to 1.9GHz? Thoughts!
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