It's the moment Surface fans have been waiting for: Microsoft has finally lifted the lid on the Surface Pro 4 and it's available for purchase in the US and Canada.
Thinner, lighter and more powerful than the Surface Pro 3, the Redmond company's latest 2-in-1 laptop makes numerous iterative improvements over its predecessor. Added together, they once again make Surface tablets a force to be reckoned with.
And some say Microsoft needed it: in the time since the Surface Pro 3 launched, Apple brought out the iPad Pro, Lenovo introduced the IdeaPad Miix 700 and Toshiba unveiled the Satellite Radius 12 - all impressive hybrids.
If you're feeling like you've seen it all before, check out the Surface Book that was also unveiled alongside the Surface Pro 4.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A brand new Surface Pro
- When is it out? It's available today in the US, Australia and UK
- What will it cost? Starts at $899 (£749)
Surface Pro 4 release date
If you've been waiting patiently for a new Surface tablet, there's not long to go. Microsoft's Surface Pro 4 is on sale today in the US and Canada.
Surface Pro 4 design
The Surface Pro 4's design has gone under iterative change, rather than a full transformation. Microsoft has slimmed down the 12.3-inch display's bezel to accommodate more screen, making more room for Office and other applications while keeping the same physical footprint as the Surface Pro 3.
Getting one up on the Surface Pro 3's 2,160 x 1,440 pixel-resolution display, the Surface Pro 4 features a 2,736 x 1,824 pixel-resolution display, lending a PPI of 267. Its aspect ratio remains 3:2, which provides a little extra vertical space over traditional 16:9 displays.
Surface Pro 4 specs
Microsoft is offering the Surface Pro 4 in two flavours, depending on the levels of power you're looking for. Five of the six configurations on offer come with Intel's Core i5 or Core i7 processor and can be configured with a lower or higher amount of storage and RAM. Microsoft is offering a Surface Pro 4 with 1TB of SSD storage in addition to the configurations below.
The configurations and pricing include:
- 128 GB 6th Generation Intel® Core™ M3 with 4 GB of RAM $899 ERP
- 128 GB 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 with 4 GB of RAM $999 ERP
- 256 GB 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 with 8 GB of RAM $1,299 ERP
- 256 GB 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 with 8 GB of RAM $1,599 ERP
- 256 GB 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 with 16 GB of RAM $1,799 ERP
- 512 GB 6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 with 16 GB of RAM $2,199 ERP
Microsoft reckons you'll squeeze nine hours of battery life out of the Surface Pro 4 based on the Core i5, 256GB, 8GB version of the machine.
Surface Pro 4 accessories
Microsoft's Surface tablets have always gone hand-in-hand with their accessories, and the Surface Pro 4 is no different. Dissatisfaction with previous Type Covers led to suggestions that Microsoft would create an entirely new Type Cover - perhaps one similar to the one that comes with the Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 700. Instead, it refined what was already in place.
The new Surface Pro 4 Type Cover features redesigned backlit keys that use a new scissor design for smoother typing. The new keys feature a low 1.33mm travel and are joined by a redesigned trackpad that's 40% larger than the before. Surface Pro 3 fans shouldn't look at Surface Pro 4 owners with envy, though, as the new Type Cover also works with Microsoft's older tablet.
The Surface Pro 4 also gets a new Surface Pen that has 1,024 degrees of pressure sensitivity. Better yet, it has "all-year" battery life, according to Microsoft, so you won't be reaching for the charger in-between doodling sessions. It's also available with a number of interchangeable tips that are customised for carrying out different tasks on the display - such as drawing or selecting.
The button on the pen can once again be used to launch OneNote, in addition to Cortana. You're less likely to lose the pen now as it can be attached magnetically to the side of the Surface Pro 4.
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