By Stephen Schenck | September 5, 2013 5:04 PM
All the way back in February we heard about an interesting accessory that seemed destined for Microsoft’s Surface tablets, a new spin on the company’s keyboard covers that would also include an extra battery, augmenting the built-in cell. We heard a Microsoft employee talking about building support for such an accessory into the Surface Pro – a move we assumed would mean that this new cover would be forthcoming – but it never ended up appearing. Now, as we’re looking towards the launch of Microsoft’s second generation Surface tablets, this idea is finding some new life, and rumors suggest Microsoft finally intends to release this so-called Power Cover.
Basically, the Power Cover would be a Type Cover, complete with its mechanical keys, but also implementing this battery pack. We don’t yet have specifics on just how great a charge it would hold, but we have heard a little about its physical dimensions: supposedly, the Power Cover would be a little under twice as thick as the Type Cover, measuring 9.75mm, while a bit over twice as heavy, weighing 1.1 pounds.
It would work with both new Surface 2 models, Pro and RT, but only the original Surface Pro, as the current RT lacks cover connectors designed to handle the electrical load. The Power Cover would charge Surface tablets while in use, and would itself recharge straight through a Surface tablet, when that itself was plugged-in.
The Power Cover may not be available right when the new Surface tablets launch, but should arrive before the end of the year.