Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro, Touts Unit as 'Most Versatile Laptop'

Launching on June 15, the new Surface Pro gets 13.5 hours of battery life.


Following last week's leak of images, Microsoft announced its new Surface Pro. The new-and-improved Surface, billed by Microsoft as "the most versatile laptop," will launch on June 15 starting at $799.

The new Surface Pro is the fifth iteration of Microsoft's laptop/tablet hybrid, known simply as Surface Pro sans numbering going forward. The company touted several new features and improvements, all of which look to make good on the versatility referenced in its branding. A seventh-gen Kaby Lake processor purrs under the hood; that, combined with improvements rolled into Windows 10, result in a battery life of around 13.5 hours—a 50 percent increase over the Surface Pro 4.

Microsoft will offer the Surface Pro in several models. The Core m3 and i5 versions do not offer fans, while the top-of-the-line choice, powered by an Intel Core i7, will include a fan. "This isn't just a processor change," Panos Panay, Microsoft's Surface chief, told The Verge in an interview. "We did take Kaby Lake, it's the latest generation, of course. But it's the integrated SSD on the motherboard. It's the fundamental architecture changes that we do in Windows and Surface. It brings 13.5 hours of battery. It's lighter than the previous generation product, and it's more powerful with no fan."

Panay explained that the key advancements made to Surface Pro are all found inside. "There are about 800 new custom parts in the new Pro," said Panay. Other changes include models sporting up to 16GB of RAM and a hinge design that you can utilize by converting the laptop into its three unique modes: laptop mode, used by opening the kickstand and connecting Microsoft's Signature Type Cover; studio mode, whereby you lower the hinge to its new 165-degree angle, so that it's nearly flat but raised just enough for you to write and draw comfortably; and tablet mode, accessed by folding back the Signature Type Cover and closing the kickstand.

Microsoft's Surface Pro launches on June 15 starting at $799. The most expensive model retails for $2699 and includes 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD. Check out Microsoft's overview page for more information.

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    May 23, 2017 11:40 AM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Microsoft Announces New Surface Pro, Touts Unit as 'Most Versatile Laptop'

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      May 23, 2017 11:53 AM

      Gonna have to see if there are more configurations available after launch. I don't think I can justify $2100 for the i7/16/512gb model. If I'm going to upgrade from the SP4 I have now it's gotta have 16GB of RAM.

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      May 23, 2017 12:28 PM

      Definitely going to wait awhile past release to make sure these ones are actually good laptops / tablets and not unreliable

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      May 23, 2017 1:06 PM

      I feel like MS announces a new surface every day

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      May 23, 2017 1:15 PM

      I'm interested. It's not like I need to have a better pen but the Surface Pro 4 pen drives me batty with the way the cursor lags behind the pen. I'm curious what the performance difference will be, not that I really need a faster laptop.

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