Microsoft at its much-anticipated “Microsoft Event” in Shanghai launched the all-new Surface Pro 2-in-1. The Redmond giant touts that the new Surface Pro is the company’s “most versatile laptop.”
Starting at $799, the exterior of the Surface Pro looks a lot like previous models. A close looks reveals a slightly more rounded, less edgy design, but you still get Microsoft’s 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display, an adjustable kickstand that supports up to 165-degree hinge and a sturdy magnesium body. Ports haven’t changed either. The Surface Pro sports one USB 3.0 Type-A port, a mini DisplayPort, Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect port and a microSD card reader hidden behind the kickstand.
The all-new Surface Pro will come with optional 4G LTE connectivity support. The LTE enabled model of the Surface Pro will be priced slightly higher than regular model.
The biggest difference for the new Surface Pro is on the inside. Not only does the tablet features an Intel 7th Generation Core Series CPU, but the Microsoft says that battery life has improved by 50 percent.
The new Surface Pro will be available in a number of configurations, from Intel Core m to Core i7 CPUs, 4GB to 16GB of RAM and varying amounts of SSD storage. Both the Core m and Core i5 version will be fanless. On top of that, there will also be a model with 4G LTE, a first for the Surface Pro line.
Microsoft will be selling the Surface Pro Type Cover with Alcantara fabric separately at $159 while the regular black Type Covers have been priced at $129. The next-generation Surface Pen will be sold separately at $99. Microsoft Surface Pro will start shipping from June 15, and Microsoft says that it will be available in 25 countries.
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