Just few days back we reported that the upcoming next generation Surface will have a two-step kickstand as opposed to the current model. A latest patent filing from Microsoft has almost confirmed the same and details how the kickstand works.
A device kickstand is described. In at least some implementations, a kickstand is rotatably attached to a mobile computing device. The kickstand can be rotated to various positions to provide support for different orientations of the computing device. In at least some implementations, hinges are employed to attach a kickstand to a mobile computing device. One example hinge utilizes preset hinge stops that enable the kickstand to be placed at different preset positions. Another example hinge exerts pressure on an edge of the kickstand, providing stability and vibration dampening to the kickstand.
The upcoming second generation Surface RT will be reportedly called Surface 2 and is expected to launch in October.