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Microsoft Surface 2 will have a new Power Cover with a built-in battery

dgstorm

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There are new Microsoft Surface tablets on the horizon. We've seen Microsoft drop the price on last year's models, as well as dropping the price of the Touch Cover. But, new word has it that the next generation of Surface tablets will have another cover to go along with the Touch and Type Covers. This time, there will be a Power Cover, which as you could guess will have a built-in battery.

The Power Cover will obviously be compatible with the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, as well as the original Microsoft Surface Pro. The only device that will be left out is the original Microsoft Surface. It seems that one of the improvements to the Surface Pro was a new connector which would allow for covers with battery packs, so the original RT Surface tablet won't be able to use the new accessory.

According to the news, the Power Cover will have the same style keyboard as the current Type Cover, meaning it will be a proper keyboard, and not just the rubber nubs of the Touch Cover. The Power Cover will add a fair bit of heft though at .38 inches (9.75 mm) and 1.1 pounds (520 grams), which is quite about double the size of the Type Cover.

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oion

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The Power Cover will obviously be compatible with the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, as well as the original Microsoft Surface Pro. The only device that will be left out is the original Microsoft Surface. It seems that one of the improvements to the Surface Pro was a new connector which would allow for covers with battery packs, so the original RT Surface tablet won't be able to use the new accessory.
Surface RT definitely doesn't need an extra battery, anyway, and low weight is a bigger selling point for the RT devices than Pro.

According to the news, the Power Cover will have the same style keyboard as the current Type Cover, meaning it will be a proper keyboard, and not just the rubber nubs of the Touch Cover. The Power Cover will add a fair bit of heft though at .38 inches (9.75 mm) and 1.1 pounds (520 grams), which is quite about double the size of the Type Cover.
As I'd expect, both timing and weight. Releasing at the same time as Pro 2 and backwards compatible with Pro 1 means at least the first gens will retain some market longevity, especially the ones already in user hands, so that's great. Looks like MS made wise business decisions there. About time. :p
 

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Surface Pro 2 with the Power Cover will weigh 3.146 pounds and be 0.911" thick. Assuming a base use time of 3.5 hours and power saving of 20% from Haswell plus 30Wh extension which is 71% of the Surface's 42Wh, you would get 7 hours 12 minutes or 205%.
 
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