Microsoft has launched its 2017 model of Surface Pro, which also promised that has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE as optional. Announced an update to its Surface Pro 4 hybrid computer, and logically it would dictate that it would be called Surface Pro 5. But the company has instead decided to do away with the number entirely. The new Surface Pro is just that as simple as, the Surface Pro. Here are the details.
The new name relies on the changes that have gone in with this new hardware, and it’s hard to tell what the latest brings from the old, but inside, there is plenty to get excited about.
All start with the new Intel Kaby Lake processor that beats at the heart of the new Surface Pro, and fanless Core m3 and Core i5 chips are being used. Those same CPUs on Surface Pro promised around 13.5 hours out of a single charge. Microsoft tells us this represents a 50% increase over earlier models.
There will be another model with Core i7, but as expected will include a fan, and a slightly lesser battery life is likely to be a feature of that particular model. For the first time there will also be a Surface Pro offered with Advanced LTE connectivity for those need to be able to get online while on the go.
Unfortunately, owners of Surface Pro this year won’t be getting an USB-C port, Microsoft will be selling a separate dongle accessory later this year for the new Surface Pro connector to USB-C for those who need to connect those type of devices.
The Surface Pro also packs in an increased tilt-angle at 165-degree “letting you immerse yourself in Studio Mode, an angle inspired by the Surface Studio, perfect for writing, sketching, and drawing on the go.”
One absolute change regarding the whole package is that the new Surface Pen is no longer included in the box, so buyers out there should pick up one for an additional $99. The new stylus will work with previous Surface Pro, but the new tilt functionality is a feature that is reserved for the new device. This new feature allows for sharing and improved accuracy and therefore, are now 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity.
Microsoft is making a jump to Alcantara for the Surface Pro keyboard with Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt blue Surface Pro Type Covers set to become available in exchange for $159. For the standard Black Type Cover you have to spend a slightly more affordable $129.
Microsoft’s updated Surface Pro is available for pre-order as of today with a price starting at $799. Those who do prebook can expect their new computer to ship on June 15th.
Microsoft Surface Pro
This is How The New Surface Pen works
The complete spec sheet for the new Surface Pro can be seen below:
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