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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor 147

SmartAboutThings (1951032) writes "Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2 tablet in October 2013 with several hardware upgrades, like the new 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor specifically optimized for longer battery life and increased performance. Three months later, Microsoft decided to upgrade the CPU with a 1.9GHz Core i5-4300U unit that would be capable of taking these improvements even further. Although Redmond kept quiet about the improvement, tech savvy buyers were aware of the change. Now, according to some new reports, it seems that the company is still shipping the old models to buyers, despite the fact that Microsoft promised to deliver only upgraded models featuring the new CPU."
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Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets With Wrong, Slower Processor

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  • Re:I Predict (Score:3, Insightful)

    by EvolutionInAction ( 2623513 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @08:42PM (#46570145)

    I doubt it. A lot of people probably don't have a use for a surface, but I find that a tablet/laptop hybrid was exactly what I needed. 95% of the time all I want is to be able to read documents, but that other 5% of the time I really need to use office, or would quite like to play a game. Windows 8 actually works reasonably well on it, which shouldn't be a surprise - it's pretty obvious that it was designed around the surface. The price point isn't sustainable but if they fix that, I see no reason that the Surface line can't stick around for quite a while.

  • clickbait (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 24, 2014 @08:50PM (#46570187)
    The article explicitly says Microsoft store and site makes no such promise of an upgraded processor, all they is one report from a user that supposedly got told from someone in Microsoft that if they ordered they would get a newer processor (despite the website making no such promise). Why is this even a story?
  • Smart move, (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Antony T Curtis ( 89990 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @08:58PM (#46570241) Homepage Journal

    Lets face it: They're probably sitting on a huge amount of old inventory and for every 1 semi-tech savvy customer who specifically wants the faster CPU version, there will be 1000 customers who wouldn't know the CPU from their elbow.

  • Not news (Score:4, Insightful)

    by PPH ( 736903 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @08:58PM (#46570243)

    Customer buys Microsoft product. Gets less that they were led to expect. Customer buys another Microsoft product, gets screwed again.

    Sounds like their core business plan. Nothing to see here, move along.

  • Re:I Predict (Score:0, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 24, 2014 @08:59PM (#46570247)

    Yeah, considering the business predictions of every other Slashdotter? I may as well buy MS stock now.
    Slashfags know about as much about business as I know about 13 century french opera.

  • by tlambert ( 566799 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @09:00PM (#46570249)

    Don't these things sell a bit more slowly than MS predicts?

    Not when Microsoft buys them from the vendors themselves, and then warehouses them. The problem is that old stock is removed from the front, and new stock is loaded in at the back, so unless they hit their predicted sales numbers, you get the older stock.

    Microsoft just promised that they would ship (eventually); the only date involved is the date they made the promise, not a dealine by which the new stuff would be shipping exclusive of the old stuff, and certainly not the unsold stuff already in the channel.

    What we have here is the use of an ambiguous generational designator that has nothing to do with the clock speed, and a journalist suffering sour grapes over not getting the faster model that has exactly the same description.

  • Re:clickbait (Score:5, Insightful)

    by msobkow ( 48369 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @09:18PM (#46570345) Homepage Journal

    Because you're supposed to froth at the mouth about Microsquishy instead of learning the facts.

  • by Mr_Wisenheimer ( 3534031 ) on Monday March 24, 2014 @09:33PM (#46570417)

    The Surface Pro is a great computer, basically a high end ultrabook in tablet form. Thanks to advances by Intel, this makes Windows 8.1 tablets available in almost every price range, and with the same battery life as an iPad, often at a cheaper price point if they are using the new Atom netbook processors rather than the high end ultrabook core processors like the Surface does.

    Given these developments, Windows RT tablets seem about as useful as Microsoft Bob. On the high end, they cannot compete with their own Windows x64 tablets. On the low end, they are too pricey and with too small of an app store to compete with Android. Also, the fact that the two tablet series carry similar names just drags down the market potential of the x64 Surface line and confuses consumers.

    It's time for Microsoft to take Surface RT, roll it into Windows Phone, and get out of the ARM tablet business. Let Apple and Android fight over the toy tablet market. Pulling stunts like shipping older CPU's in new products without telling anyone is just going to hurt Microsoft's business in the long run. A $350 tablet that can run Windows desktop apps is a potential money maker. A $400 Surface RT tablet that can run Office, browse the web, and do little else offers nothing over Android or iOS.

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