If you find your friend’s all new Surface Pro 2 a little faster than the one you got on the first day, don’t be surprised. Microsoft has changed the processor on the new units of the Surface Pro 2 compared to the version launched 2 months ago. The change isn’t big enough to make a serious performance impact, yet the exacts reasons for the move are unknown (although, it could have something to do with overall performance and battery).
Instead of the fourth generation Intel Core i5-4200U tha came on the original, the new Surface Pro 2 comes with an Intel Core i5-4300U. There’s not much of a difference except for the marginally higher clock speed (1.9GHz vs. 1.6GHz). The new processor also comes with Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology for enhanced hardware based security.
So far, users have reported similar battery life on both the versions of the tablet. Real life usage shouldn’t see any significant impact either, so early adopters of the tablet shouldn’t be disheartened.