Leading up to today's big Surface event in New York City, Microsoft promised to bring "new and innovative things" to the table. The Surface Pro 7 is... one of those things, building on the power and versatility of last year's sixth-generation hybrid tablet without radically altering its design.
Right off the bat, Corporate VP Robin Seiler (half) jokingly revealed one of the Surface Pro 7's most important upgrades over its predecessor. Are you ready for this? The 2-in-1 Windows 10 powerhouse comes with a USB Type-C connector, which really should have been a standard feature on this "professional" computer lineup years ago. Oh, well, at least the Mini DisplayPort is finally dead now.
Under the hood, of course, the revised tablet hides its biggest improvement, packing 10th Gen Intel Core i3, i5, and i7 processors. These are naturally expected to deliver a major enhancement in raw speed compared to the eight-generation Intel Core i5 and i7 chips inside the Surface Pro 6. Meanwhile, memory options will once again cap off at a whopping 16GB, although this time around, you'll be able to save a few bucks on a 4GB RAM variant as well.
What's perhaps more important to note is the memory standard will step up to LPDDR4x from LPDDR3 technology, which is yet another thing that should help the Surface Pro 7 perform significantly better than the already blazing fast Pro 6. In terms of storage, Microsoft will offer solid-state drive options ranging from 128GB to 1TB, with prices starting at an almost surprisingly reasonable $749.
There's not much else to highlight about the specs and features of the Surface Pro 7, which seems to retain its forerunner's beautiful 12.3-inch PixelSense display with 2736 x 1824 resolution, as well as a pair of unchanged optional Surface Pen and Type Cover accessories. US sales are scheduled to begin on October 22, and we'll be sure to return with a full pricing breakdown of all Surface Pro 7 configurations as soon as Microsoft provides these essential details.