Surface Pro 6 announced: familiar external design, big internal upgrades

Surface Pro 6 announced: familiar external design, big internal upgrades
Right on schedule, Microsoft has announced the new Surface Pro 6 which, while similar to the previous-generation device on the outside, brings some significant upgrades internally.

Kicking things off with arguably the most important detail, the newest Surface Pro model can support processors with up to four cores. Specifically, the entry-level model is set to ship with the eight-generation Intel Core i5, although if customers wish to they can upgrade to the i7 chip. In any case, both of these are coupled with an improved cooling system that, when combined together, permits a huge performance gain of 67% over the outgoing model and a battery life of up to 13.5 hours. Elsewhere on the spec sheet is the choice of either 8GB or 16GB of RAM. Also, it’s worth noting that, while the base model ships with 128GB of internal storage, this can rise to 1TB depending on the options chosen.

As mentioned above, the external design of the Surface Pro 6 remains largely unchanged thanks to the trademark hinge and aluminum casing. However, Microsoft has used the opportunity to update the 12.3-inch PixelSense display – it now offers the highest level of contrast ever seen on a Surface Pro tablet. Another detail is the fact that the company has included an 8-megapixel autofocusing camera that is designed for video chatting and Windows Hello logins.

In regards to a release, the Surface Pro 6 is available to pre-order today and will begin shipping on October 16. As previously leaked, the device will be available in a new matte Black color, in addition to the usual Platinum variant. Lastly, when it comes to pricing, the Intel Core i5 model starts at $899. Also, the keyboard is still an optional accessory that costs $129 and is available in Black, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue, and Platinum.


source: Microsoft

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13 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 613; Member since: May 02, 2016

Thats soo apple, ..

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

But these devices kill apple products! The fruit products does not even come close.

10. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

You’re kidding right? I have both the Surface Pro 3 and a 2014 Macbook Pro. (Both released the same year) Guess which one I’m still using? In terms of performance, the Surface “doesn’t even come close” The 4GB RAM in the Surface “Pro” is a goddamn joke, you can’t turn the thing on without immediately hitting the pagefile. I’m just glad to see MS is finally smart enough to bump up the RAM to 8GB.

12. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

But that's your problem right? You know you can configure the Surface Pro when buying, you can have bigger SSD and more RAM!

13. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Actually, yes. That is why I will never waste my hard earned money on another Surface. Your problem is, you speak from your anti-apple bias, whereas I speak from actually experiencing having both devices.

2. tyger11

Posts: 293; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Leaked photo suggests new Surface Studio is also coming. It'll be interesting to see if it's obsolete like the original was when it launched. These look sharp in black.

3. joshuaswingle

Posts: 630; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

It's already been announced. Microsoft's US store has all the info

6. tyger11

Posts: 293; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Thanks. I'll have to check that out when their site isn't overloaded. It won't even begin to load for me right now.

4. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lack of Thunderbolt 3/USB-C is such a stupid exclusion

9. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Huh? USBC-C for charging?? You realise you can just use the USB 3.0 port with a USB-C cable right? lolz

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Still no Thunderbolt 3 Could an adaptor but then you can't use your USB 3.0 port for something else Would have been far better if they at least replaced mDP with Thunderbolt 3 But for its price I'd expect at least 2x Thunderbolt 3 (along with 2x USB 3.0)

7. gamehead unregistered

The only thiNg I like about the show was the phone app

8. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I love the music in the background.. :P

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