Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro 4
The Surface series initially started as Microsoft’s idea of a perfect portable Windows 8 machine – ready to take full advantage of the new touch-friendly interface. The idea was to take an Intel Core i-series slate, and slap a magnetic keyboard onto it, to make a device that functions both as a tablet and a laptop.
While the first and second generations of the Surface were decent devices, it wasn’t until the Surface Pro 3 that Microsoft really released a true flagship device. The Surface Pro 3 slimmed down the thick body of the earlier Surface models, and turned up the screen size and resolution, while maintaining performance and battery life on par with similarly priced mainstream slim laptops. In between the Surface Pro 3 and 4, Microsoft released a lower-cost non-Pro Surface device, with a smaller, lower-resolution display and a slower Intel Atom processor.
The biggest update in the Surface Pro 4 are the new processors. Part of Intel’s sixth generation of Core chips, also known as Skylake, these processors offer improved performance and battery life. Microsoft claims the Surface Pro 4’s new processor makes it 50% faster than Apple’s latest MacBook Air. Also Reading – iphone 7
Along with the Core i5 and i7 processors, Microsoft is also now supporting Intel’s Core M-series, which are the low-power, high efficiency chips found in the 12-inch Macbook and the Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro. They claim a 9-hour battery life with the newer processors. The display size has gone from 12 to 12.3 inches, and the screen resolution is now 2736×1824. Microsoft has also redesigned the keyboard cover, with keys spaced further apart and feeling more like an actual laptop keyboard, whereas they were packed extremely tightly together before. The keyboard cover is backlit, and features an optional fingerprint reader for Windows 10’s one-touch login system.
Unlike Apple’s new iPad Pro, a stylus is included with the Surface Pro 4. The stylus has 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and Microsoft claims that the battery will last a full year. The system also includes two cameras – an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. It connects and charges through a proprietary Surface Connect cable, and features a USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader.
Indian pricing and availability for the Surface Pro 4 has not been announced, but in the US the prices range from $899 for the coreM3 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB SSD version, and go upto $2199 for the Core i7, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD version.