Microsoft just launched its latest Surface Pro and its creating quite the buzz. The new Surface Pro was speculated to be named the Surface Pro 5, however, Microsoft has ditched the numbered legacy and is sticking to simply ‘Surface Pro’. The new laptop-cum-tablet packs some incredible specifications and features among which, most notably, is its improved battery life.
In an interview to The Verge, Microsoft Surface Chief, Panos Panay stated: “There are about 800 new custom parts in the new Pro”. Indeed, the new Surface Pro is a level apart from its predecessor model, the Surface Pro 4. In terms of the processor, the previous machine packed the now-primitive Skylake architecture. Sure, it was impressive but it’s not the best anymore. On the other hand, the new Surface Pro is built on Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor offering faster speeds and smoother functions.
The Kaby Lake processor backed with the Windows 10 software could prove the claims Microsoft has made about the Surface Pro’s battery life to be true. Microsoft claims the machine will run for a solid 13.5 hours when normal operations are underway. This is a huge leap from its previous version which was notorious for a poor battery life and slow charging. The Surface Pro 4 also faced problems when it came to conserving battery during sleep mode. Microsoft has apparently fixed that issue with its latest device.
Furthermore, the new Surface Pro is lighter in weight than the Surface Pro 4 and it is also fan-less that increases its energy efficiency. The heating system is controlled through vents that are now being installed in many of the latest high-end laptops and tablets.
Other changes in the new machine include a unique hinge system that has employed the Surface Studio 165-degree angle which lets the Surface Pro to lay flat on the surface. Another notable change is the new stylus made for the Surface Pro – the Surface Pen. However unlike the previous stylus, you have to buy it separately since it doesn’t come along with the laptop. The Surface Pen costs an extra $99. There are other purchasable accessories too, for example, the Surface Pro Keyboard that is now in Alcantra design like the Surface Book, and is available in three colors – Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue.
The new Surface Pro also features LTE connectivity which was never seen before in a Microsoft Laptop or tablet. This means the laptop supports micro SIM cards too. However the LTE is not available in every Surface Pro laptop. The variant that offers this feature is separate and priced higher than the average tablet.
Speaking of the price, the new Surface Pro is not a cheap tablet and neither was the old Surface Pro 4. With specs as great as it has to offer, the price on it is pretty justifiable. The Surface Pro is up for pre-order and is starting at US $799. Microsoft will start shipping its tablets by June 15th and they will be available in 26 countries across the globe.