Boasting 13.5 Hours of Battery Life
Microsoft’s Next-Generation Surface Pro Is Here
Microsoft announced the next generation of the Surface Pro, and it’s simply called the Surface Pro. The improvements are largely internal, focused on performance rather than appearance, but there are a few notable design tweaks.
The new Surface Pro boasts 50 percent more battery life (lasting up to 13.5 hours), a faster Intel Kaby Lake processor, and, according to Microsoft, the fastest startup and resume times of any Surface Pro yet. It also boasts up to 16GB of RAM, Intel HD/ Iris graphics and a fan-less cooling system, so you won’t hear the whirring noise from prior models.
Microsoft redesigned the Surface Pro with curved edges to make it easier to hold, and it has a kickstand that now tilts almost flat. The Surface Pen ($100) has been updated as well, with greater pressure sensitivity for more accurate doodlings. The Surface Pro will also support the Surface Dial ($100), just like the Surface Studio desktop.
The Surface Pro is available for preorder now, starting at $800, and will ship June 15. The Type Cover ($130) — a.k.a., the keyboard — and the Surface Pen ($99) are sold separately. The Surface Pro will be available in LTE models, as well, in case you want to work off the grid. Expect these LTE-enabled models to be expensive, though Microsoft hasn’t announced pricing on those yet.
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