Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro tablet

Posted May 24, 2017

Panay explained that the key advancements made to Surface Pro are all found inside.

The bigger problem here, however, is that no major upgrades are on the radar, and with Apple now getting ready to launch a substantially redesigned iPad Pro, Microsoft might have a hard time to remain relevant in the 2-in-1 fight against its Cupertino rival.

The new Surface Pro comes with a slightly smaller screen than its predecessor, at 12.3-inches with 267 pixels per inch and optimised for both touch and the new Surface Pen. The new Surface Pro measures 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.5mm and the Core m3 models weighs 1.69 pounds, while the i5 and i7 models are 1.73 pounds.

There are also several versions of the device, all containing different Intel Core processors.

Prices start at £799 for the m3 model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and £979 or the i5 model with 4GB/128GB. Even though Core i7 models have a fan, Microsoft says that the device can barely be heard, as it outputs just 18dB at full tilt.

Other specs include 1x USB 3.0 connector, 1x Mini DisplayPort, microSDXC card reader and headphone jack.

Microsoft also announced a new Surface Pen that is twice as accurate as the previous model, and works with the new inking features in Windows 10. A keyboard cover starts at about $130, or about $170 for a version that feels like fabric rather than plastic. This is because Samsung had just revealed on a brand new Galaxy Book that is said to have the capabilities to compete with the Surface Pro 5.

Not only will the Surface Pro exclude the $159 keyboard -a decision reviewers have complained about for years-but the $99 pen will now be sold separately as well. The Surface Pen will come in new colors to match the keyboard. It is priced at $129. Furthermore, you will find a new hinge design and support for Surface Dial on the display. It plugs via the proprietary Microsoft Surface Connect port. These changes will be available across all platforms the Office 365 is available on.

Redmond is now testing the new Whiteboard in a private preview on the Surface Hub, but it will be available for other types of Windows 10 devices later this year.

The new colors of Surface Pro Signature Type Cover.