1. Microsoft launches new Surface Pro before Apple iPad Pro update: Here are the interesting new features

Microsoft launches new Surface Pro before Apple iPad Pro update: Here are the interesting new features

The next generation of Microsoft Surface Pro has finally arrived. At a Microsoft event in Shanghai on Tuesday, the all-new Surface Pro 4 was unveiled.

By: | Published: May 24, 2017 11:36 AM
The new Microsoft Surface Pro will be made will be available in 25 countries. The pre-ordered devices will start shipping from June 15.

The next generation of Microsoft Surface Pro has finally arrived. At a Microsoft event in Shanghai on Tuesday, the all-new Surface Pro 4 was unveiled. Meanwhile, Apple might expectedly update its MacBook lineup at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, and it may also include the long-neglected MacBook Air. The new Surface Pro is a 2-in-1 tablet-cum-laptop device and the pricing begins from $799 and is up for pre-orders too. The company will be offering a special price of $719.10, but that will be available only for students, teachers or staff at colleges and universities. From the looks of it, the new Surface Pro is a beautiful device, as its design features clean lines and curved edges.

While the Surface Pro has continued with the basic iconic look of the popular Surface Pro device, Microsoft has redesigned it from inside out. The company has said that the new Surface Pro will be made will be available in 25 countries. The pre-ordered devices will start shipping from June 15. Along with the device, customers can also buy a new Surface Pro Type cover separately, whose pricing starts at $129 and the new Surface Pen at $99.

Here is a list of features and what’s new in the device:

1. Battery: It is the highlight of the new Microsoft device. The Surface Pro packs up to 13.5 hours of battery life. According to Microsoft, it is 50 percent more than Surface Pro 4 and 35 percent more battery life than an iPad Pro.

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2. Performance: Microsoft says that the Surface Pro can produce upto 2.5 times more computing performance than the Surface Pro 3 and 1.7 times than that of iPad Pro. In 2016, the Surface Pro 4 came with the Intel 6th-generation Core processors – Intel Core M3, Intel Core i5 and Core i7. However, Microsoft will go with the 7th generation Intel Core processors configuration going from Core M3 to Core i7. Also, it will be a very ‘quiet’ device, as the processors will contain no fans.

3. Display: The Surface Pro has a high-resolution (2736 x 1824 pixels) 12.3-inch PixelSense display screen. The device features an impressive resolution of 267ppi and 3:2 aspect ratio, and according to Microsoft, the Surface Pro’s PixelSense screen has 50 percent more pixels than a 12 inch MacBook. The company had developed custom silicon, the PixelSense Accelerator, to enhance colours in the display. Interestingly, the laptop can additionally support up to two 4K monitors via Surface Dock.

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4. Pen: The is the most interesting innovation that Microsoft has introduced this time. The Surface Pro works well with an on-screen Surface Dial, but this time the company has also come up with a new Surface Pen. It will be a very responsive pen, as it contains more than 4096 pressure points, only 21 milliseconds of latency and new tilt functionality. More than two times more accurate, with four times more pressure sensitivity than the original Surface Pen, Microsoft claims to have engineered Surface Pen to be the fastest pen ever.

5. Price: The Microsoft Surface Pro with Intel Core M3, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD comes at $799.
The variant with Intel Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD model is priced at $999.
The variant with Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM & 256GB SSD is available at $1299.
The Pro model with Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD comes at $1599.
There are two 16GB RAM variants with 512GB SSD and 1TB SSD, are also up for grabs at $2199 and $2699 respectively.
Microsoft Surface Pro runs on Windows 10 Pro, and buyers are offered a free 30-day Microsoft Office trial with the purchase.

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    Geoff
    May 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm
    The surface pro 4 has been out for a year, the Surface Laptop is the new product. Surface pro 4 - can be just a tablet, have a keyboard attached, 6th generation chipset. Surface book - all metal finish connected keyboard can hinge out of the way to be a tablet. Surface laptop this is the new device with 7th generation chipset, multi color connected keyboard and touch screen. The article is misleading and confused.
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