Now we're talking kickstand.
"When you look at me you probably think I'm about 6'5''. But the truth is I'm only about 5'8''. I know, it's shocking."
He's saying MS designed the perfect angle for 5'8'', but the kickstand isn't good enough for those who are taller...people like me.
Improvements in performance/graphics/battery -- all come largely from Haswell (fourth-gen Intel Core i-series), but likely with MS design/architecture tweaks for additional boosts.
People have also said that it's not particularly lap-compatible. So, now there's a new kickstand that goes further. It opens to two separate positions.
Surface getting the MB Air advances.
Panos just took a seat up on the stage to show it off. "Sometimes, subtlety can be the most impactful force." He's saying it's far more secure on his lap. "This is the evolution of the kickstand. The Surface team is very proud of this... This is something that will change this product in ways that you cannot expect."
"We gave you a better screen, we boosted the speakers, we added 50% graphics performance to the product, we increased the speed by 20%."
"Everybody who bought the Pro said they love the Pro, but what's the one thing people who bought the Pro want?"
"Batteries" is the call from the audience. "You can tell me," says Panos.
Extra kickstand mode is great, I'm surprised so few tablets have that (see, something nice for the Twitter commentator who accused me of "hate-blogging" this press conference).
Yes, it's a Haswell device, but Panos is saying there's a lot more to it than that. "The point of this product is to work fast. The need of the product is to work all the time."
"We couldn't miss either one of those, so we pushed the battery life further." Further than the Haswell chip could offer on its own.
I think 2013 will be remembered as the year battery life really took off for mainstream, full-power potable PCs.
The new system is cooler and quieter. "With every element of the redesign the team focused on one thing on top of everything I've talked about here." Panos is saying it's a 75 percent improvement over last time!
"Pound-for-pound, watt-for-watt, it will be the most efficient device you ever use."
"Our team, the team, Surface wants more. They are relentless in what they do. So, we decided to go from Surface Pro to Surface Pro 2 with Power Cover."
Intel takes a good deal of the credit, but MS is doing their own internal hardware tweaks to add additional battery life.
2.5x battery life with the new battery keyboard!
"This is Surface Power Cover." It's a 30wHr battery cover that clips on just like the Type Cover.
The Power Cover, looks very much like the original Type Cover, still pretty thin.
"It clicks right in. It forms like a book. It feels great, it's elegantly integrated. It's wrapped in fabric, so it's super-comfortable."
Scott will agree, no doubt, but that Type Cover was the best thing about Surface -- it's good that they're not standing still on those.
I'm still thinking about the kick-backier kickstand.
So...that should be a little under 8 hours of battery life?
"When I say it is the most productive power tablet in the world, I mean it."
The Power Cover...pretty smart, pretty smart.
"Now I talked about the power of the PC a bit, but the one thing I haven't talked about is how much of a workstation this thing can be."
Panos is saying people tell them they want a single product they can use in all situations. He's showing off a PC docking station.
I wanted that docking station back in January.
Maximum display output resolution fo 3,840x2,160 pixels.
It has 3x USB 2.0 ports, 1x USB 3.0 ports. Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, audio in and out, and a power input of course.
I do love a good docking station. Too many these days are standalone boxes that you just plug in via USB.
"You can power two monitors right off of this docking station... That is massive resolution on this PC. And if I'm telling you, and you believe, that this is more powerful than any PC you've ever used... In fact I'm looking at many of these PCs that it's faster than."
"It's an amazing product, so what we decided to do was show you the most computationally intensive situation we could find."