Microsoft revealed the Surface Pro 4 today at its media event from New York City. Microsoft is calling it the “thinnest, most powerful” tablet-cum-laptop yet, starting at $899. It will be released on October 26.
It’s one of the first major product reveals for Microsoft since Windows 10 was released widely ten weeks ago. According to Microsoft, there are now more than 110 million devices globally running Windows 10.
The Surface Pro 4 comes with a Skylake 6th generation Core processor and is 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 50 percent faster than the MacBook Air, said Panos Panay, Surface VP, with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.
The dimensions of the tablet remain the same but the screen is larger by making the bezels smaller. The screen is now 12.3 inches and comes with a 267 ppi display. This means the Surface Pro 4 is still compatible with Surface Pro 3 docks.
Surface Pen, which is bundled, has been upgraded too with an eraser on the end and new colors and interchangeable pen tips. Windows Hello and Cortana are all built in too. For example, you can activate Cortana through the button on the stylus.
Microsoft meanwhile has built in another biometric authentication feature through a fingerprint reader that comes in the keyboard rather than the tablet itself.
The screen of the device lives up to the “thinnest” claim too with a 0.4mm Gorilla Glass screen, running via a G5 chipset, and promises 60 percent more pixels on the screen. The trackpad of the device is also 40 percent larger than before.
“We have competitors you may noticed, they’re chasing it,” said Panay, saying the Surface Pro was the head of the pack. The new laptop/hybrid is the latest from Microsoft and will be going head to head with Apple’s new iPad Pro. Surface devices have even been enjoying a sales boost of late, at least according to Microsoft’s last earnings call.