Microsoft has taken the wraps off the new Surface Pro, a long-awaited upgrade to 2015’s praised Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop hybrid. It’s the company’s rival to the Apple MacBook Air.
“The most versatile laptop on the planet”
Microsoft is actually moving away from the Surface’s long-time marketing tagline, “the tablet that can replace your laptop.” Instead, the new Surface Pro is being marketed as “the most versatile laptop on the planet,” signaling a move away from labeling it a “tablet” at all.
Take a look at the official Introduction video of the new Surface Pro:
Microsoft has now officially ditched the numbering of new models so it named this new tablet/laptop as ‘Surface Pro’ only.
While the Surface Pro’s specs have been upgraded across the board, including the newest 7th-generation Intel processors, the biggest single upgrade is the battery life. Microsoft claims the new Surface Pro can get 13.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, depending how you use it. By Microsoft’s calculations, that’s 50% more than the Surface Pro 4.
Furthermore, you’ll be able to buy a Surface Pro 4 with LTE cellular wireless connectivity, a first for any model of Surface Pro.
The look and feel of the new Surface Pro is pretty much the same as the previous model with minor but noticeable tweaks. It has cleaner lines and curved edges, and an improved hinge with a 165º range of motion allows it to be placed in Studio Mode like its Surface Studio desktop. Isn’t that amazing.
Plus, It’s a little thinner and lighter, at 8.5 millimeters of thickness and weight starting at 1.69 pounds, and has a 12.3-inch screen.
Other tech specs include up to a 1TB SSD, up to 16GB RAM, up to Intel Iris Plus 640 graphics, a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, Mini DisplayPort, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device has Windows 10 Pro pre-installed in it. Interestingly, the new Surface Pro lacks USB Type-C ports, showing that Microsoft don’t think its necessary to have this port in your devices, even in 2017.
To use Surface Pro at its full, you’ll need to buy the Type Cover keyboard, sold separately starting at $130 to make it into a full laptop. And sadly, unlike previous Surface Tablets, it won’t come with the Surface Pen stylus. You have to pay another $99, if you want to use the device to sketch or something like that. The good news is that if you’re an existing Surface Pro 4 owner, your existing Type Cover keyboard and Surface Pen stylus will work fine with the new Surface Pro.
Both Type Cover and Surface Pen accessories has got upgrades too:
Microsoft promises that the new keyboard is better and more responsive than ever, while the Surface Pen is more pressure-sensitive, and lets you put it flat on its side to shade like a pencil. Microsoft is making both accessories available in a set of new and complementary colors.
And, the new Surface Pen with over 4096 pressure points, only 21 milliseconds of latency, and new tilt functionality. Microsoft says the new Surface Pen is over two times more accurate, with four times more pressure sensitivity, than the original Surface Pen.
Look at the official video about the new Surface Pen:
According to the company, the new Signature Type Cover Keyboards feels soft and velvety, as the new covers are now designed with Alcantara fabric. Microsoft says that typing on the these keyboards is “easier, more, comfortable, more accurate, better sounding, and easier to do without looking” than the Apple’s 12-inch MacBook and iPad Pro.
Surface Pro 5 is available for pre-order today starting at 799$, ahead of its official release on June 15. That’s the same day the new Surface Laptop will hit the stores. The Surface Laptop was announced earlier by Microsoft.
But you have to wait for the LTE models, as the new Surface Pro models with LTE Advanced will be available later this year.
The new Surface Pro will ship on June 15 in 25 countries. Surface Pro pricing starts at $799.99 in the United States. Currently there is detail about the price of the device on the other countries.