When Microsoft launched Surface Laptop book earlier this month, rumors of next Surface Pro came along as well. Although its arrival was all but obvious since it’s Microsoft’s flagship product. And this time around, it’s just called the new Surface Pro. No numbers here which looks like new scheme Microsoft has adopted.
The fifth generation Surface Pro is, of course, an improvement over its predecessors. But Microsoft also acknowledges the competition from Apple iPad Pro. The 2017 Surface Pro, as Microsoft claims, has been redesigned inside out. The Core m3 and Core i5 models now totally do away with fans while the Core i7 model reduces the noise with hybrid cooling. The next big change is perhaps its battery, which lasts 50% more than that of Surface Pro 4 and 35% more than iPad Pro. Microsoft has integrated LTE-A in new Surface Pro.
Taking inspiration from its own Surface Studio, Microsoft has used a new hinge on 2017 Surface Pro which has 167 degrees range to make the experience as natural as possible. Microsoft hopes it will appeal to artists especially now that Windows 10 Creator’s update is meant for them. It is merely 8.5mm thick and weighs 1.7lbs.
The 2017 Surface Pro’s display is also inspired by Surface Studio. While the previous 12.5-inch PixelSense display with 3:2 ratio still sticks around, Microsoft has added PixelSense Accelerator to generate vibrant colors. And just as Surface Studio (again!), you can switch from regular SRGB scheme to enhanced colors.
Starting at $799 the new Surface Pro comes in total six configurations. One with Core m3 processor, two with Core i5 and three with Core i7. The base variant gets you 4GB RAM and 128GB SSD while the top-most Core i7 model has 1TB SSD, 16GB RAM coming at $2,999. You can pre-order it now while the shipping starts from June 15.