Microsoft working on Surface Pro 2

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The next-generation Surface Pro will look much like the original, but will feature Intel's Haswell Core processor and an adjustable kickstand.

Microsoft has reportedly finalised the second Surface Pro's design and intends to get the tablet to market before Christmas, industry sources tell The Verge.

The kickstand won't be fully adjustable, offering only two modes - laptop mode and another position designed to make it easier to use the tablet on an uneven surface.

The new processor is expected to improve battery life - currently rated at around five hours - but only by around two hours. Microsoft will also double the RAM to 8GB, but otherwise hasn't tweaked the design much.

Microsoft hasn't officially confirmed the follow-up to the original Surface Pro, but recently $100 off the price, suggesting a refresh before Christmas.

Chip-maker Nvidia has confirmed that a second Surface RT is on the way, however, and it seems like Microsoft will simply rename the new tablet "Surface".

According to The Verge, the new tablet will run on Nvidia's Tegra 4 chipset, and will also ship later this year. It's also thought the new ARM-based Surface will feature Qualcomm processors.

There's no word yet on pricing or availability.

This article originally appeared at pcpro.co.uk

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