1Microsoft Updates Surface Pro With Powerful CPUs, Long Battery Life
Just weeks after Microsoft unveiled a new Surface Laptop computer, the company is back at it with a 2-in-1 hybrid Surface Pro that can be used as either a notebook or a tablet. The unit, which replaces the Surface Pro 4 introduced in October 2015, comes with a 12.3-inch screen and more than 13 hours of battery life. The Surface Pro supports Microsoft’s line of Surface accessories, including Surface Pen for digital writing, and runs Windows 10. Microsoft is offering multiple Intel CPU options up to the fastest Core i7 model. It can also be equipped with up to 16GB of RAM for those who don’t mind paying a premium for the extra memory. Read on to learn what Microsoft has built into the Surface Pro.
2It’s a Hybrid Tablet for Professionals
Microsoft has designed the Surface Pro as a hybrid tablet/notebook for professionals. It comes with the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, a detachable keyboard that doubles as a dust cover, and has physical keys and a touchpad for controlling the cursor. Since the Surface Pro is a hybrid, its screen has full touch controls and it can be propped in tent mode.
3Intel Offers Several Processor Options
The Surface Pro comes with several processor options based on how much power customers want. The base model has an Intel Core m3 chip with 4GB of RAM. The Intel Core i5 version includes a choice of 4GB or 8GB of RAM. The Intel Core i7 model is available with either 8GB 16GB of RAM. Microsoft says the computer should deliver 50 percent better performance than the Surface Pro 4.
4It Has a High-Resolution Screen
5It Fully Supports Surface Accessories
The Surface Pro offers full support for a wide array of Microsoft Surface accessories, including the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover. Additionally, a Surface Pen is available to write on the screen and the Surface Arc Mouse controls the cursor. Surface Pro also supports the Surface Dial for quick access to contextual app information.
6It Ships With Windows 10 Pro
7Battery Life is Google for More Than 12 Hours
The Surface Pro will 13.5 hours of battery life during continuous video playback, according to Microsoft. The company clocked the hours on a Surface Pro equipped with an Intel Core i5 processor, 256GB of storage and 8GB of memory. Actual battery life may vary depending on the model customers choose.
8Storage Options Top Off at 1TB
9Microsoft Touts Mobility
Microsoft said the Surface Pro is one of the more mobility-friendly devices it’s ever offered. Microsoft re-engineered the Surface Pro to make it “ultraportable,” with the Intel Core m3 model weighing just 1.69 pounds. The Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 models weigh 1.73 pounds. At its thinnest point, the Surface Pro is 0.33 inches thick.
10Wireless and Camera Options Are Solid
11High End Models Get Pricey
Microsoft’s Surface Pro line is available now for pre-order. The base model, which includes the Intel Core m3 processor, 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, costs $799. The most expensive version, which has an Intel Core i7 processor, 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, is priced at $2,699. Microsoft plans to release the Surface Pro on June 15.