Microsoft has just taken the wraps off the fourth generation Surface Pro, which will include a larger display and a faster processor while coming in thinner and lighter than its predecessor, but also with a higher price.
This upcoming Windows 10 Pro tablet will have a 12.3-inch display with a 2736 x 1824 resolution, giving it a pixel density of 267 ppi. That’s up from the 12-inch one in the Surface Pro 3. This change will come by decreasing the size of the screen bezels rather than increasing the overall dimensions of the casing, so that accessories designed for last year’s model will work with this latest version.
The Surface Pro 4 will use a six generation Intel Core “Skylake” processor which Microsoft promises will make the device 30% faster than its predecessor and 50% than a rival MacBook Air.
There will be Core M, Core i5, and Core i7 versions, and ones with 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of RAM, and versions with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of storage.
Overall, the magnesium body will be 11.5 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches. The device will weigh 1.73 pounds without the optional keyboard, and it will keep the kickstand from its predecessor.
Accessories, Optional and Not
The stylus/pen than comes with the Surface Pro 4 has also been redesigned. It will now cling magnetically to the side of the device, will have an eraser on its end, and there will be a range of removable rubberized tips designed for different tasks.
An updated keyboard cover will also be offered. This will include a 40% larger touchpad with a smooth surface, and a fingerprint scanner for biometric security. It will cost $129.99.
For adding additional accessories, this device will include a single full-size USB Type A port, as well as a Mini Display port and a microSD card reader. It will not have a USB Type-C port.
Availability and Price
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is available for pre-order now. The U.S. and Canadian launch will be on Oct. 26, with additional markets to follow.
The base model with m3/4GB/128GB is $899. One with i5/4GB/128GB is $999, and one with i5/8GB/256GB costs $1299. A i5/16GB/256GB version is $1499, a i7/8GB/256GB costs $1599, one with i7/16GB/256GB sells for $1799, and an i7/16GB/512GB model is $2199. A fully loaded model with i7/16GB/1TB will sell for $2699 when it’s available on the Microsoft Store.