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Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 4, 50% more powerful than the MacBook Air

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Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 4, 50% more powerful than the MacBook Air
Today, October 6, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4. This productivity-oriented workhorse tablet that features a sleek and elegant design, Intel-powered hardware, and a bunch of accessories, such as type covers, a dock station, and a powerful stylus to enhance the user experience.

Design


The Surface Pro 4 features a large 12.3-inch display with a 2160 x 1440 resolution, which is on par with competing tablets in the Pro category, such as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Apple iPad Pro. The 12.3-inch display is able to sense 1024 levels of pressure from its stylus. Its pixel density adds up to 267 pixels per inch, which is very good for the size. The screen is covered in 0.4mm Gorilla Glass and has a very thin 1.1m backlight unit. It also has a special Touch Chipset, developed by Microsoft and dedicated to the stylus and touchscreen operations.

The tablet boasts thin screen bezels and its overall look is reminiscent of the Dell XPS 13, an almost border-less fashion piece of a laptop. The device is built out of aluminum alloy and has the typical sleek, but solid appearance of Microsoft's Surface Pro line.

Hardware


The Surface Pro 4 is powered by Intel's latest Core M processors and features integrated Iris Pro graphics. According to Intel, the improvements in the latest generation Core chips could contribute to a 50% increase in 3D graphics performance, although one still shouldn't expect to play the latest hi-end games in maximum detail. However, the Surface Pro 4 has no trouble handling 4K video at 60 frames per second, and it's actually able to output it to 3 separate 4K displays simultaneously. The Intel Skylake CPUs is kept company by up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of storage! Microsoft promises a 9 hour battery life out of this thing.

Accessories


If you own a bunch of accessories for the Surface Pro 3, good news — you won't have to buy everything all over again, for the most essential among them, such as the type covers, the power adapter, the Ethernet adapter, and the Docking station will be compatible with the tablet.

In addition, the Pro 4 sports a new and improved Surface Pen. The Microsoft Pen has improved precision and boasts a record 1-year battery life, although MS didn't want to make it rechargeable for some reason. Rather than housing it in a silo, MS simply let the Pen attach itself to the tablet through the age-old power of magnetism! The pen is available in five different colors, including gold (not rose-gold, though).

Speaking of accessories, the new type cover features a backlit keyboard with scissor mechanisms (like the 12-inch Macbook) and a precision glass trackpad that's also 40 percent larger than the Surface Pro 3's.

Price and release date


The Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 with preorders starting October 7. The Surface Pro 4 will ship on October 26.

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posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:10 3

1. TypicalGeek (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


Core M? Oh come on Ms, how can you call something with Core M a workstation?
Hope i7 is optional.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:57 14

13. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13806; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Have you ever used a Core M CPU? The fastest one normal speed is 1.2GHz, but turbo boosts up to over 3GHZ.

How much power do you need in a workstation? You don't need a XEON anymore. The Core M clocks a max i7 capability.

Someone gave you a thumbs up and they know nothing about Intel desktop class CPU's that have been shoved into a mobile package.

The mobile package isn't liek the old Centrino or Intel's ULV CPU's from the old days.

These are i5/i7 classed CPU's that have been put into a mobile package that allows them to regulate voltage to a point where they tone down the power when you don't need it, and accelerate using more voltage for more power when needed. Just like a standard desktop capable processor which doesnt need to regulate voltage as much because they are always plugged it.

The Surface can replace a laptop, because it is a laptop PC shoved into a tablet form factor and NO ONE has anything remotely close.

I thought I wanted a Surface 3, the Surface 4 is even nice.

But I want the Surface 4 Book. The ULTIMATE in desktop class technology, in a sizable package.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 15:48

38. vincelongman (Posts: 5007; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Agreed, no one complained about the Core M in the Surface Pro 3's base model
It wasn't called Core M at the time, was called Haswell Y series
Now Intel markets their Y series as Core M

I honestly was actually hoping there would still be a Core M in the base model
I have a gaming PC, I just want portability, so the Core M base model is perfect for me

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 20:39

42. joey_sfb (Posts: 6507; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Really hope they would standardized a pci-e x16 external interface for those that are interested in plugging their notebook to desktop grade GPU. Much like what alienware is doing.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:19 3

26. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13806; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


If you actually viewed the video release...the graphic shows that the CPU in the Surface is a Core i7.

What do you think is in the Surface 3 that comes with the i5/i7? It is still a mobile package, but with the power of the desktop in the package.

http://i.imgur.com/jPL26Hs.png

Thank you Ordinary Post #3

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:15

2. Pattyface (Posts: 1646; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


I'm thinking there would be more processor options as normal. Patiently waiting to hear..

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:21 7

27. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13806; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Of course there will be. This is Microsoft, not Apple.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:16 7

3. Ordinary (Posts: 2446; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


PA its intel i7 6th generation processor.

http://i.imgur.com/jPL26Hs.png

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:19

5. TypicalGeek (Posts: 142; Member since: 19 Feb 2015)


Skylake is Intel's 6th gen CPU. I'm not sure what you're referring to.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:23 2

7. Ordinary (Posts: 2446; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Skylake is just a codename for CPU.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:04

19. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Skylake is the code name for 6th gen Intel cpu it's a series not just a CPU. Wtf!?

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:38 1

29. megaSUNNY (Posts: 85; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


WTF! Those are 6th gen Intel i-series (Skylake) processors.Skylake is just a codename.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:46

31. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)


Yeah i just say that!

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 12:25

32. Ordinary (Posts: 2446; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Clearly the point I tried to make is out of the window after few posts

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 15:58

39. vincelongman (Posts: 5007; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Skylake is the name of the microarchitecture
Skylake is Intel's 6th gen of their Core microarchitecture
i.e.
Skylake = 6th gen
Broadwell = 5th gen
Haswell = 4th gen
...

There are different series of Skylake/Haswell CPUs
e.g.
Skylake-U (e.g. i5 used in the $1000 Pro 4 )
Skylake-Y (e.g. m3 used in the $900 Pro 4)
Haswell -U (e.g. i5 used in the $1000 Pro 3)
Haswell -Y (e.g. i3 used in the $800 Pro 3)

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:17

4. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


Is this the new skylake processor ? They are using the latest cpu from intel or not ?

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:09

22. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Yes, they are. The core M is piss poor and will have the same performance of a macbook as the macbook has core M too.

Or maybe it's the skylake core M. Skylake is a codename for 6th gen. The regular core M is broadwell core M. So this one can be skylake core M.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 13:09

33. Lycan155 (Posts: 254; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


I see thank u

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 14:47 3

34. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13806; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Piss poor? YOU ARE WRONG. The guy with the release said, the Surface 4 is 50% faster than the Macbook Air and 30% faster than the last generation Surface 3 which is using the 5th generation Core M, which is what the the present MacBooks are using now.

The Macs are using 5th Gen Core 5. So yes, the Mac may have piss porr performance, but the Surface wont. Please get your facts straight. I watched the whole release live and the Mac is a toy considering what Apple is chargign for it and what it does.

What is funny yoo, the guy also snickered a bit when he said, about how others are trying to come after the Surface. I know he was talkign about Apple and also Samsung who both have a 12" tablet. But, the Surface > Note Pro > iPad Pro.

if I decided I don't want a Windows PC, the Note Pro is way better than the iPad Pro. It has Splitview years ago. The rpesnet Note Pro is basically a 12" Galaxy Note 3 as they share the same SnapDragon 800 and also there is a Exynos variant, but reviews placed the SD version better so I recently bought it since its now $200 less at $550 and still does more than the brand new Ipad Pro at 799.

Not on;y does it have splitscreen and multi-window, I can split the screen with 4 apps -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIT9Fp5M98E

Here Apple is later with using 2 apps at a time. Samsung released this years ago and Apple comes year later and they dont even equal this capability.Windows? Offers near infinite Windows. With 16GB of RAM and Virtual memory turned on, I think you could literally open 500+ windows with no issue depending on what content is in the window.

Microosft and Samsung are the true innovators. I cant wait to get the Surface Book. That was a total surprise from Microsoft.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:22

6. bucky (Posts: 3075; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


beauty.

Now is the time to grab an pro 3 :D. If i didnt have a macbook pro retina, id be all over this.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:59 2

15. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13806; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You can always sell it...right?

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:32 1

8. magnanimus (Posts: 557; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Time for Google to step up. Apple and Microsoft are really going all out defining their brand with awesome products. Google hasn't released anything that amazed me since Android L. Kudos to Microsoft on all the releases

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:42 3

9. Tziggy14 (Posts: 515; Member since: 02 Sep 2014)


The difference is that Apple and Microsoft makes their money from selling hardware and software. Google makes theirs from ads, that's limiting them.

Google is not in the same league as the other two companies that have decades of experience.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:50

11. magnanimus (Posts: 557; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Not just the products. Their software is also amazing. Google is a software company and even the Android M was pretty meh.

I was expecting more focus on integrating chromebook and android or even more focus on sync like apple with continuity or Microsoft with continuum but they decided to add fingerprint authentication instead.

Overall I'm not impressed with Google so far. Even the new nexuses are nothing to be impressed for

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:02

16. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13806; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


You can't explain how different Google is to some people.
Google doesnt need to step up their game. They are a different type of brand. Microsoft has been making hardware for years.

What MS is doing now is really what they should have done since Windows XP. They should have created their own laptop, desktop, tablet and smartphone.

Next year? I am thinking Microsoft is going to make a desktop Surface PC. which will probably be an AIO solution

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:06

20. magnanimus (Posts: 557; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


They don't need to be like Microsoft to impress. Remember Glass? How they world lost it when they released that. Remember material design that debuted with Lollipop? Remember the Nexus 4? Remember project butter?

All these are things that wowed us with Google. But they haven't done anything groundbreaking in the mobile space lately hence why they need to step up

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:48 1

10. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1594; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Well no matter how much google tries its chrome os will never have the apps and productivity a pro has on windows and mac os. So they can only stay in mediocre tablets and nice phones.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 10:54 1

12. magnanimus (Posts: 557; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Chrome OS is not productivity based. Its the go to laptop that allows unparalleled web experience for an unbeatable price. Most people need a laptop that's just for the web (I use chrome 95% of the time on my powerful laptop). But they didn't even introduce anything new in that aspect. I say it again, Google is the most disappointing of the trio this year.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:03

18. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 13806; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Google isn't in the same class as Microsoft or Apple and that is simply the point.

posted on 06 Oct 2015, 11:07

21. magnanimus (Posts: 557; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Refer to post 20. And offtopic but shortest comment of yours I've seen

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