Microsoft Unveils New ‘Surface Pro’ with 13.5 Hours Battery Life

Microsoft announced Tuesday a long-awaited upgrade to its Surface Pro series of high-end tablet PCs, dropping the number from the name and adding Kaby Lake processors, more minutes on a charge and a few dollars to the price tag.

Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro hybrid device today, coming only a couple of weeks after the company revealed the all-new Surface Laptop.

Many expected the new device to be called the Surface Pro 5 – as it’s the fifth time Microsoft has created one of these hybrid tablets. But instead, the company has gone with simply Surface Pro, reads a new report from Business Insider.

Like its predecessor, the new Surface Pro is a Windows 10-running tablet that gains laptop functionality with the addition of a Type Cover keyboard accessory. It has a 12.3-inch, 2,736 x 1,824 display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and support for the the Surface Pen active stylus. The company proudly proclaims, “Surface Pro’s PixelSense Display has an impressive 50% more pixels than a 12” MacBook.”

The new Surface Pro has refreshed internals: It contains a 7th-generation Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 chip, up to 16 GB of RAM and four possible storage tiers ranging from 128 GB to 1 TB.

The tablets also now contain larger batteries. Microsoft claims up to 13.5 hours of video playback per charge, which is 50-percent longer battery life than the Surface Pro 4.

On Microsoft’s blog post on Surface Pro’s new battery life, the company takes a jab at Apple by saying “That’s 50% more than Surface Pro 4 and 35% more battery life than an iPad Pro.”

Microsoft will sell the stylus separately for $100. A keyboard cover starts at about $130, or about $170 for a version that feels like fabric rather than plastic.

The new Surface Pro will start at about $800 USD and will be available June 15, 2017 in Canada and the following 24 markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Span, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, the UK and the US.

Check out a video of the new Surface Pro below, a polished ad that is Apple-esque:

[via The Verge]

 

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  • Andrew Viarruel

    Impressive

  • Bafoon

    sweet – but again, what is the point of these puppies?

    I work in a start up scene, and I cater to big banks as well as s/w behemoths – and none of them offer this as a portable device of choice. The space is still dominated by Lenovo, and shockingly iPad Pros.

    As a consumer, this is a grey area. Do I need this much computing power when I can buy an iPad or any of the billion cheap Android tablets? And if i need computing power; why not get a full laptop like the XPS line which has support for all the peripheral devices?

    Even comparing to an iPad pro – the iPads come with iOS – which is really the only reason why you would want a Pro at the Pro price point. The apps are streamlined, amazing and well supported. The Surface pro runs on windows, has poor apps and while it does give you laptop-capable alternative solution, who is this really for?

  • Todesengel

    As with any surface pro. Good hardware but it’s running windows which sucks on a tablet so what’s the use of it

  • Quattro

    I’m replying from my Surface Pro 4. Your logic is… well… illogical.

    Why not get a full laptop? Form factor. It’s got the capabilities of a
    laptop in a Windows tablet form. It’s awesome for light on-the-go and in-field work.

    The Surface Pro has poor apps? Seriously?!? It’s frigin’ Windows man! That’s the largest platform of *full featured* apps on the market – Especially in terms of productivity.

  • GS

    The pen is sold separately this year… Bit of a bummer.

  • Tim

    I’ve never understood the whole “kick stand” thing. If it it wants to be a laptop give it a self supporting hinge. I can’t imagine trying to work on this thing when you don’t have a desk, but want to type at a reasonable rate.

  • Bafoon

    as someone who used the SP4 for a whopping week, I do understand there will be the odd use case for which this works.

    What light on the go field work are you citing, care to share?

    And yeah, poor apps, Windows has the worst suite of apps in the market. Not to mention, with Windows comes the need to have to live with bloatware, viruses, THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH, and more. fun times.

    And again, what is the point of me having a full featured apps on such a tiny real estate.

  • Bafoon

    but its not a laptop, see. But its got all this computer power, see. its got form factor for light work, see. But its ungainly to use when on the move, see. But i can watch netflix and use excel 64 bit running vba, see. but because its tiny screen, i need to connect to multi monitor setup to do anything complex on excel, see. See, its everything, but really nothing.

    As they say, jack of all trades, master of none. There is a reason why fewer people are buying this, and it is reflected on their financials.

  • Quattro

    Light on the go field work… photography (remote camera control, instant photo analysis, editing)… music notation edits, re-arrangements and on-the-fly scoring… architectural plans and markups…

    Full featured apps are quite practical on this size screen. Otherwise, you be complaining about MacBooks too.

    Blue Screen of Death??? Viruses??? This isn’t 10+ years ago. Macs have issues too. Windows doesn’t ship with Bloatware. Never did. Your thinking about 3rd party programs like Norton.