In a question and answer session on Reddit, Microsoft has teased that the connectors at the bottom of the new Surface Pro tablet could do more than drive a keyboard. When asked about the new connector plate, a member of the Surface team alluded in reply to future peripherals and that one or more of them could carry "more current" than conventional pogo pins.

"We haven't announced what they are for but they aren't an accident," the team member wrote. "At launch we talked about the 'accessory spine' and hinted at future peripherals that can click in and do more. Those connectors look like can carry more current than the pogo pins, don't they?"

The Verge reports that at present the only way to charge a Surface Pro is through the side-mounted port, but this comment from the Surface team could mean that a charging dock or, better still, a cover with charging properties is on its way for the device.

Microsoft won't be manufacturing its own charging dock station, however, having ruled itself out when asked by The Verge.

The company is still to announce UK availability and price for the business-aimed tablet. It will be out this weekend - from 9 February - in the US for $899 for the 64GB version, $999 for 128GB.