"Because we power the covers through the device we want to make sure we don't steal that from the people that use it." There's a proximity sensor, so the light turns off to save battery.
All of these are truly good, useful additions.
"So that's Surface Pro 2." He's running down the highlights. Kickstand, battery life, performance, the new keyboard...
"You now have the full ability to use, literally, what I believe is the most powerful tablet for professional use in the world."
Now we go to the bigger challenge...Surface 2.
Time to talk about the other tablet, Surface 2.
"Surface 2 is the product we are introducing to you today that is not subtle, but it is a revamp. It is not the simple changes that everybody wants but it is the revamp that people need."
Name is just "Surface 2" -- no mention of RT yet.
"The revamp that people need."
"We had a vision. We went out to create a product where people can buy and get away from just consumption, and get away from either their iPad or their tablet in a way that allows for them to get more productive."
"We had a vision in the first generation to do that. We have a long pipe of products that enable that. We now move to the next generation of Surface. We continued to work to realize that vision. The vision to work to get more done."
He's saying you can be productive AND have fun, but we're thinking that depends on the job.
"get away from just consumption." Where is that place?
We're having fun, of course. Are you?
Question -- do actual consumers ever think of their products or product choices in terms of "consumption?"
Okay, it's video time. We're seeing a moody presentation of some dust blowing off a podium...
Video: sands blowing. Looks like "Prometheus."
It's revealing the new Surface 2...
"Lighter, thinner..." very fancy video. Metals resonating and being honed away to reveal the new shape.
...the new shape that is basically the old shape.
Lots of ferrofluid in that fluid.
"The team is super proud of that video. I really wanted to show it to you... Ladies and gentlemen, Surface 2 is ready."
Interesting to note that Surface 2 (RT) has gotten a much bigger makeover than the Pro (Win 8) version.
"This product really is a revamp. This is the fastest product I have used relative to a personal tablet. This product is faster in every single way."
"We've increased the CPU speed dramatically. You're using this thing at speeds that are unprecedented."
Thinner body, new CPU (Tegra 4?), silvery magnesium color.
It's a lighter color now to show the "true color" of the magnesium.
Surface 2 looks more Surface Pro-like.
I'd have love to see this thinner design in the Pro.
There's a subtle "Surface" logo on the back now, not a Windows logo.
"This wasn't just a stage for Windows 8. This wasn't just about something you can do in Office. This product is about everything Microsoft has to offer."
It's the Surface Pro 2 display here, full 1080p.
It's 3 - 4x faster than the last generation, says Panos.
"In the last product we talked about tradeoffs, we really did... Speed, heat, weight, the angles."