Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Teardown

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Teardown

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Today, Microsoft adds a new surface to their tablet line. No, not a third dimension—leave those 3D glasses at the theater. Instead, let your friends at iFixit break out the X-ray specs and show you what's inside the new Surface Pro 2.

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Edit Step 1 Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Teardown  ¶ 

  • What's beneath the surface of Microsoft's latest tablet? A fair number of puns, but also some familiar, and improved, hardware:

    • 10.6 inch ClearType Full HD Display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080

    • 4th generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor

    • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n) + Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy technology

    • 64/128 GB or 256/512 GB storage capacity

    • 4 GB RAM (models with 64/128 GB storage) or 8 GB (models with 256/512 GB storage) RAM

    • Two 720p HD cameras, front and rear-facing

    • Full-size USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, and microSDXC card reader

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  • The Surface Pro 2 sports a 2-stage kickstand, with options for a 24 or 40-degree viewing angle.

  • The kickstand is secured with two screws. Happily, our new Pro Tech Screwdriver Set includes the perfect T5 Torx driver to reach in and get this teardown started.

  • The kickstand comes off with little fuss, but if the previous model is any indication, repairability issues will soon begin to … show themselves.

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  • As pacifists, we prefer our trusty iOpener. But when pushed, we're not afraid to push back with the big (heat) guns.

  • Time to poke a plethora of picks under the now-molten adhesive. The use of oodles of dainty picks over brute force ensures our ribbon cables' protection.

    • Let the record show that you can fit at least 21 iFixit Opening Picks under the display of the Surface Pro 2.

  • We slowly but surely free the Surface Pro 2's display, trapped like a baby diplodocus in a treacherous tar pit of black adhesive.

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  • We flick aside four ribbon cables, and with that, this tablet's internals are revealed to the world.

  • At first glance things look eerily similar to last time, although the motherboard is a pretty new shade of ...blue? Green?

  • Before we can poke or prod any components, we'll first have to extract the dozens of screws holding this sucker together.

    • And whaddya know—it's the same 52 screws (of 3 different sizes) seen in the previous generation, holding in a plastic bezel and two metal brackets.

  • As much as we love screws, 52 seems like overkill, and we've only just scratched the...exterior of this device.

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  • Finally, the motherboard is free and we can get at the fun stuff.

  • Changes to the cooling methods from the original Surface Pro are strictly software-based: the fans remain the same, but run less frequently to minimize power usage.

  • If you fancy a little copper with your tablet, the Surface Pro 2 has it: a notebook-worthy heat sink rounds out the cooling.

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  • We've got storage! This time around, Microsoft shifts from a Micron/Marvell combination to one single IC manufacturer, SK Hynix.

  • SK Hynix HFS128G3AMNB 128 GB mSATA 6.0 Gbps SSD, using:

    • SK Hynix H27QEGDVEBLR 32 GB NAND Flash (four ICs for 128 GB total)

    • SK Hynix H5PS2G63JMR 32 MB DDR2 SDRAM

    • Link A Media LM8700AA SSD Controller

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  • The ICs on the front side of the motherboard may look like little black squares on the (ahem) outside, but underneath they house some high-tech brainpower:

    • SK Hynix H9CCNNN8JTML 8 Gb (1 GB) LPDDR3 RAM (total of 4 * 1 GB = 4 GB)

    • Atmel MXT154E Touchscreen Controllers

    • Atmel UC256L3U 256KB Flash, 32-bit AVR Microcontroller

    • Winbond 25X40CL1G 4M-bit Serial Flash

    • Parade PS6625

    • Realtek ALC3230 Audio Codec

    • Atmel U1320J

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  • Yet more ICs adorn this side of the motherboard:

    • Realtek RTS5304

    • MXIC MX25L4006EZNI 4Mbit SPI (Serial Peripheral Interface) Flash

    • Novatek NT96132QG

    • Texas Instruments TPS5162 (ACTIVE) 2-Phase DCAP+ Step-Down Controller

    • ITE IT8528VG

    • Texas Instruments TPS51367 Integrated FET Converter with Ultra-Low Quiescent

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  • The ICy party continues on the back side of the motherboard:

    • Intel Core i5-4200U Processor

    • Novatek NT96132QG

    • Marvell Avastar 88W8797 Integrated 2x2 WLAN/Bluetooth/FM Single-Chip SoC

    • Winbond 25Q128FVSQ Serial Flash presumably the next generation of the previous 25Q64FV

    • Texas Instruments TPS51367 Integrated FET Converter with Ultra-Low Quiescent

    • Winbond 25X05CL Serial Flash

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  • Microsoft still adheres the battery to the rear case and still warns users not to remove it.

    • Pretty ironic, considering they clearly know their way around a user-friendly means of securing a battery—screws.

  • If you're looking for the secret of the Surface Pro 2's juiced-up battery life, look elsewhere: this is the exact same "Escalade" 42 Wh battery we saw earlier this year.

    • Instead, look to better power management and the Haswell i5 chip, which ensures that the tablet drinks in moderation.

  • The two battery cells are wrangled by a Texas Instruments BQ30Z55 cowpoke battery pack manager.

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  • Microsoft Surface Pro 2 Repairability Score: 1 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)

  • The battery is not soldered to the motherboard—so it can be replaced without soldering, if not without great difficulty.

  • The SSD can be replaced, but not without first risking damage to the tablet simply by opening it.

  • There are over 90 screws inside this device. Mechanical fasteners are great, but frankly, we draw the line at 89.

  • The display assembly consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and is extremely difficult to remove and replace.

  • Tons of adhesive hold everything in place, including the display and battery.

  • The delicate and arduous opening procedure leaves no room for mistakes: one slip-up, and you'll likely shear one of the four ribbon cables in the edge of the display.

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Who manufacturedthe antennas?

Geoff Schulteis, · Reply

Thanks. I 'll stick with a touch screen ultrabook or a PC. Both of which offer better performance and higher levels of functionality along with the ease of repair. People are being sold a bill of goods with these tablets.

Will Smith, · Reply

Is the display the same as the Surface 1?

Richard Lin, · Reply

Can you post the weight of the components. It would be very interesting to compare the weight of components of this 2lb machine vs 1lb ipad air

Vishal Shah, · Reply

Do you guys can tell me, weather the charging current is limited by the battery itself or if there is a charging controller limiting the current coming from a charger (using a different one)?

Julius Biedermann, · Reply

Is there any indication that they updated / changed the MicroSDXC slot vs. the Surface RT? Like adding extra pins to read UHS-1 / 2 cards at faster speeds?

somedorque, · Reply

I agree, any news about this?

Raphael Nocherier,

"The display assembly consists of a fused glass panel and LCD, and is extremely difficult to remove and replace."

LOL! That's a good thing. It's called an optically bonded screen, and it's vastly preferable to a non-bonded screen, for obvious reasons.

Besides, what idiot would try and repair his tablet. Send the thing in and get it fixed.

Hubert Hammack, · Reply

do you guys have any idea what kind of protocol the (cover) connector has?

tfBullet, · Reply

@Hubert Hammack. How long lasts a battery? 2-3 years! So I should throw away my surface, just the battery is damaged? Or I have to pay 300$ or more. I'm quite sure, that in 3 years, I can buy a new surface for that money. So we are just wasting again the resources of earth.

And why the !@#$ I can't change the SSD. Of course, so that I have to pay 1800$ to get the biggest 512GB SDD, instead of 899$ for 64GB. 900$ for 512GB SSD??? There is no excuse for this. It is just stupid and greedy. When MS is able to use 52 screws, why the !@#$, they can't use 4 of then for dismounting the display?!

Helli Hellsfoul, · Reply

Samsung 840 EVO 1TB mSATA SSD is only $859.

Double capacity. Same price.

Ronnie,

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