Microsoft launched the all-new Surface Pro 2017 convertible laptop at an event in Shangai, China. With prices starting at $799 (approximately Rs 51,899), the laptop-tablet hybrid is available for pre-order, and will start shipping from June 15. Microsoft also announced the Surface Pro Type Cover separately priced at $129 (approximately Rs 8.300) and the new Surface Pen at $99 (approximately Rs 6,500). However, the India availability isn’t known yet.
The all-new Microsoft Surface Pro 2017, as the company claims, is ‘versatile, and exceptionally powerful’ and comes in the same form factor as the Surface Pro tablets. It is an upgrade from earlier devices like the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Pro 3. Here’s a closer look at what all has changed from the Surface Pro 4 to the new Surface Pro 2017.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 has a high-resolution (2736 x 1824 pixels) 12.3-inch display with PixelSense technology offering 267ppi pixel density and 3:2 aspect ratio. The PixelSense Display on Surface Pro 2017 offers 50 percent more pixels than a 12-inch MacBook, claims the company. Last year’s Surface Pro 4 also features the same display size and resolution as the new Surface Pro 2017, and also comes with support for 10-point multitouch. ALSO READ: Microsoft Surface laptop with Intel core i5, i7 processor, Windows 10 S launched: Prices, specifications and features
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 2017 boasts of an upgraded battery. The new variant is capable of delivering up to 13.5 hours of battery life, whereas the last year’s Surface Pro only offeres nine hours of video playback. Certainly, the new model offers battery life on paper as compared to the Surface Pro 4.
Intel 7th generation processors
One of the major and noticeable upgrades on the new Microsoft Surface Pro is the addition of Intel’s 7th generation processors – Core M3, Core i5, and Core i7. In comparison, the Surface Pro 4 features 6th-generation Intel Core processors, allowing you to choose between Core M3, Intel Core i5, and Core i7.
The new Surface Pro is ‘the quietest Surface yet, with no fan on the Core M3 and the i5 devices’, notes the company in their blog. “In fact, this is the first i5 ever with fan-less architecture. And at an unprecedented 18dB, even the core i7 can’t be heard.,” Microsoft claims. ALSO READ: Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 with Intel Kaby Lake processor launched: Specifications and features
On the software front, the new Surface Pro 2017 runs on Windows 10 Pro, and Microsoft is offering a free 30-day Microsoft Office trial with the purchase. Microsoft has also upgraded the connectivity on Surface Pro with the all new LTE-Advanced support. Surface Pro devices with LTE connectivity are expected to ship later this year.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 with Intel Core M3, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD is priced at $799 (approximately Rs 51,300). While the one featuring Intel Core i5, 4GB of RAM, and 128GB SSD model is priced at $999 (approximately Rs 64,800). There is one more model with Intel Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD comes for $1,299 (approximately Rs 84,300).
The higher variants with Intel Core i7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD is priced at $1,599 (approxiamtely Rs 1,03,000). Also, there are two 16GB RAM variants with 512GB SSD and 1TB SSD priced at $2,199 (approximately Rs 142,600) and $2,699 (Rs175,000) respectively.
In comparison, the Surface Pro 4 price starts at Rs 63,990 for Core M processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage, Rs 73,990 for Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB SSD storage and Rs 96,490 with Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD storage. There are also top-end variants priced at Rs 119,990 for Core i7, 8GB of RAM 256GB SSD storage, and Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD storage priced at Rs 160,000.