Microsoft is currently holding a special event in Shanghai, China, where Microsoft's corporate vice-president of Devices, Panos Panay, has just announced the completely redesigned new Surface Pro, which Microsoft says is “upgraded, versatile, and exceptionally powerful, with iconic Surface design.”
"The Surface team never stops growing and learning" said Panay. "We listen to our customers, asking them what will help them better create and be more productive. Their input guides us to discover and build new ways to streamline and enhance creative processes – helping people use one device instead of two, eliminating the need for pen and paper, removing barriers so their ideas can flow freely."
The “beautifully crafted” new device is “the lightest, the best sounding, the fastest…the quietest,” Surface Pro, according to the launch video from Microsoft. It has 13.5 hours of battery life, which is 50% more than a Surface Pro 4 and 35% more than an iPad Pro. LTE Advanced, Windows Hello, a “next generation” hinge, and Studio Mode. Microsoft says that the LTE Advanced will be available "in units shipping later this year," and according to The Verge, these models will support micro SIM and eSIM and will cost slightly more than the non-LTE models.
The all new Signature Type Cover comes in three tone-on-tone colours: Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue Alcantara. The improved keyset is designed to produce a laptop-type experience, combined with the soft-touch of the material.
At 1.7lbs and 8.5mm thin, the Surface Pro is the lightest ever Surface Pro.
As far as the 7th generation Intel Core processors are concerned, the Core m3 and i5 devices are both fanless, with the i5 being the first ever of its type to boast fanless architecture. Even the core i7 runs at just 18dB.
The “next generation” Surface Pen, which is also compatible with older Surfaces, has 4096 levels of pressure, and tilt sensitivity.
The 12.3-inch PixelSense Display has 267 pixels per inch and 3:2 aspect ratio, which is 50% more pixels than a 12" MacBook. With the colour-switcher you can switch to enhanced colour from SRGB in a flash.
It will also be the first laptop to support Dial, which has until now been exclusive to Surface Studio.
The new Surface Pro and Type Cover is available to pre-order today and will ship in 26 countries, including Japan, the UK, the US, Australia, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, on June 15, with prices starting at $799 USD. The Surface Pen will be available in the coming weeks.
Sources: Microsoft, Meet the new Surface Pro - Microsoft Devices Blog, Microsoft's new Surface Pro has 13.5 hours of battery life and LTE option