During today’s Windows 10 Devices event, Microsoft unveiled the newest Surface successor, the Surface Pro 4. After the success of the previous model, inspiring other big name companies to introduce similar models, Microsoft has made even more improvements to make sure that the device is more portable than ever, without compromising power.
First off, the display is slightly larger at 12.3 inches, while still retaining the same footprint as its 12″ predecessor (more on this later). It’s thinner at 8.4mm, which was achieved in part by the 0.4mm-thin Gorilla Glass 4, along with PixelSense technology and Microsoft’s own G5 chip allowing a thin optical stack with a screen squeezing 5 million pixels for a ppi of 267. Microsoft’s lead engineer, Panos Panay, claimed that the only reason it’s not thinner is so they could fit a full USB port.
As for the internals, the Surface Pro runs full Windows 10 on Intel’s 6th generation Skylake Core M3, i5, and i7 processors which are quieter and cooler, with 4, 8 or 16GB or RAM and up to 1TB of storage. Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 4 is 50% faster than a Macbook Air, putting this full-size tablet firmly in the same class as an ultrabook. You also get an 8MP rear camera and 5MP front facing with full-HD and HD recording, respectively, and front-facing Dolby stereo speakers. The front-facing camera is also Windows Hello compatible with an infrared iris scanner. As far as battery life goes, Microsoft claims up to 9 hours of video playback, which should be enough to get you through the day.
Accompanying the Surface Pro 4, of course is the new Type Cover, which is thinner and lighter but also more productive than the previous one. The trackpad is 40% larger and the keys have been spaced out for easier traveling when you type. There’s also a fingerprint scanner for Windows Hello biometric security. And remember when I said that Surface Pro 4 has a larger screen but similar footprint to the Surface Pro 3? Well that means that the new Type Cover keyboard can also be used for the latter device as well.
Lastly we have the new Surface Pen, which now includes an eraser at the end of it and now supports 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. There’s also Cortana integration by holding down the button on the pen, and OneNote can be opened with just a double-click. The Surface Pen will be available in a variety of colors.
The Surface Pro 4 is available now for pre-order for $899, and will available October 26th.
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