The Surface Pro 2 models that were released back on Oct. 22 of last year are now slightly outdated, just two months after release. Microsoft has quietly started to stuff an updated Intel processor in the latest units, clocking the chip at 1.9GHz instead of the original 1.6GHz. The Redmond company described the update as “routine,” and said it often makes small component changes during the lifetime of a product. Or two months after said product hits.
According to The Verge, the swap was first noticed by a customer who returned his faulty Surface Pro 2 for a new unit. Geekbench scores seem to suggest the upgraded models began hitting stores back in December, though it’s unclear since Microsoft didn’t share precise timing about the change. The chips are relatively similar, though the new i5-4300U contains Intel’s Trusted Execution Technology for improved security. For all you early adopters, your new Surface Pro 2 is no longer new, depending on how you look at it. You likely won’t notice a difference in performance, though.
Microsoft’s statement on the change is broad, chalking hardware updates to varying situations such as supply chain partnerships, availability and value for customers. “With any change to hardware or software, we work to ensure that the product experience remains excellent,” a Microsoft spokesperson said.