Microsoft launches new Surface Pro – A powerhouse laptop
Microsoft has launched its new Surface Pro, which it says is its most versatile laptop to date. The device delivers “the most performance and battery life in a laptop this thin and light”, said Microsoft. “We’ve optimised every millimetre, with over 800 new custom parts and used 99% of the space inside the device.”
The new Pro features a 12.3-inch PixelSense (2,736 x 1,824) touch display and promises to give users enough battery life for 13.5 hours of video playback. “That’s 50% more than Surface Pro 4 and 35% more battery life than an iPad Pro,” it said. The screen can be detached from the keyboard cover and function as a standalone tablet, while the keyboard attachment allows for “laptop” and “studio” modes.
Microsoft said the Intel Core i5 version of the Pro (it is also available with a Core m3 or i7, all 7th-gen) is the first i5 ever with fanless architecture – making the laptop incredibly quiet.
The Surface Pro features a new Surface Pen, Microsoft’s “most natural and responsive pen yet, with over 4,096 pressure points”. “When combined with our PixelSense Accelerator, the writing experience feels like writing on paper, picking up every expression of the pen and reacting to the subtlest of artistic movements.” Microsoft also announced the launch of a new app, Microsoft Whiteboard on Surface, which enables simultaneous collaboration and live multi-device inking across the family of Surface devices.
Moving away from the screen, the device’s keyboard is covered with Alcantara material, while the keys feature a high-quality scissor mechanism. The Surface Pro will start at £799.99.
|Dimensions||292 x 201 x 8.5 mm|
|Weight||784g (Core i7)|
|OS||Windows 10 Pro|
|Display||12.3-inch PixelSense (2,736 x 1,824) Touch|
|Processor||Up to Intel Core 7th-gen i7|
|RAM||Up to 16GB|
|Graphics||Up to Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640|
|Storage||Up to 1TB SSD|
|Camera||Front: 5MP 1080p, Rear: 8MP 1080p|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0, 3.5mm jack, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect, microSDXC reader|
|Battery||“13.5 hours video playback”|
- ^ Surface Pro (www.microsoft.com)
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