Microsoft intros the new Surface Pro, the lightest and fastest Surface tablet to date
As expected, Microsoft unveiled a brand new Surface Pro slate, at its hardware event held in Shanghai, China. The Redmond-based company is calling this “the new Surface Pro” since it's an upgraded version of the previous model.
Apparently, the new Surface Pro doesn't come with any meaningful innovations over the previous model so that it could be released on the market as the Surface Pro 5.
The new tablet comes with a powerful Intel Core i7 7th Gen processor (additional options include m3 and Intel Core i5) and a battery that should provide up to 13.5 hours of video playback. LTE Advanced is on board as well (but it's coming later this year), along with a brand new Surface Pen.
Microsoft new Surface Pro includes a “next generation hinge” and comes with various accessories that are sold separately, including the Surface Dial, Pen, and Type Cover. Speaking of which, Microsoft unveiled some new Alcantara keyboards, which will be available when the new Surface Pro tablet launches on the market.
The new Surface Pro sports a 12.3-inch enhanced color PixelSense display (2736 x 1824 pixels resolution). According to Microsoft, this is the lightest (1.69lbs or 766g) and fastest Surface tablet it launched to date.
On top of that, the new Surface Pro should offer the best sounding experience thanks to the Omnisonic speakers with Dolby Audio Premium support. The slate will come in multiple variations that will pack 4GB, 8GB or 16GB of RAM, as well as 128GB, 256GB or 1TB internal storage.
The new Surface Pro is available for pre-order starting today for $799. It will go on sale on June 15 in the following markets: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, U.K., and US.