Microsoft has quietly upgraded the processor in its Surface Pro 2 tablet two months after launch, a fact that may irk some early adopters.
The latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 2 brought with it various issues, going as far as bricking the tablet for some users. Those who sent in their tablets for a replacement recently started receiving new units, and these units contain the Intel i5 4300U CPU clocked at 1.9GHz (2.5Ghz via Turbo Boost), instead of the 1.6GHz i5 4200U that powered the original model. The new CPU also features faster graphics, though the increase in the graphics clock is rather minor with only a 0.1GHz bump (1GHz to 1.1GHz).
Microsoft has confirmed the upgrade, with a spokesperson saying: “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.” That is rather vague wording, and while the exact reason might remain a mystery, the snappier performance offered by the upgraded processor should be welcomed by future buyers.
However, while replacement units are now faster and more up-to-date, the Redmond company is yet to roll out a fix for last month’s botched update, meaning a lot of users are still suffering from poor battery life and other issues. Microsoft had promised to release an updated firmware soon after the holidays, and hopefully that schedule is one the company manages to meet, instead of leaving users in the lurch for another few weeks.
Via: The Verge