Microsoft has unveiled a new laptop which it says is “faster, lighter and lasts longer” than any other device in its Surface range. Simply called Surface Pro, it was announced at an event in Shanghai today by Panos Panay, Microsoft’s corporate vice-president of devices. The redesigned two-in-one – which can be used as a tablet or a laptop – boasts a 12.3-inch PixelSense display at 267 pixels per inch, optimised for touch and Surface Pen. It will also be the first laptop to support Surface Dial, which was launched with the Surface Studio desktop last year.
The laptop features 13.5 hours of battery life, 50% better than the Surface Pro 4, says Microsoft. Two models, the 4M and core i5, will be fanless, while the new core i7 will be “the quietest Surface Pro ever released”. Its hinge, a key feature of the Surface Book, has been enhanced so the laptop can recline almost flat to 165-degrees, making it easier for people to write and draw on the device. A new keyboard, wrapped in a coated Alcantara material that’s durable and stain resistant, offers more accurate typing, and a five-finger multi-touch trackpad. The new model’s biggest upgrade is Intel’s Kaby Lake processors, which come with better video performance and integrated graphics.
“People’s expectations for what their devices should help them accomplish are high – and the Surface team works to exceed those expectations,” said Panay. “People want beautiful and powerful devices, with all-day battery life and amazing digital inking experiences. They want to better express their ideas creatively while being able to work whenever, wherever and however they choose. The new Surface Pro delivers all that and more, building on our heritage of pushing the idea of a ‘computer’ forward while harnessing all the innovation of Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365 to empower people to do their best creative work.”
A critic’s verdict?
The new Pro certainly delivers some nice updates to the Surface, but it’s more of a spec-bumping refresh rather than a brand-spankin’-new device. After 19 months of waiting, that feels a little underwhelming.- Wired.
The event in Shanghai comes just weeks after Microsoft unveiled a range of products and services inspired by teachers and students. These included the Surface Laptop, powered by the new Windows 10 S. The devices join the Surface Pro 4, Book, Studio and Hub in the Surface family. The Surface Pro will be released in 27 markets, including the UK, on 15 June and can be pre-ordered from today.