Microsoft Surface Pro now has improved performance with 7th generations Intel Core processor and enhanced battery life.
Performance and Battery life:
All of the Core i5 and Core i7 chips used in the new Surface Pro are from Intel’s most recent seventh-generation family of CPUs. Microsoft says the processors offer 20 percent more performance than the Surface Pro 4, 2.5 times more computing performance than the Surface Pro 3.
Microsoft also says the Surface Pro will last for 13.5 hours of continuous video looping, up from 9 hours with the Surface Pro 4. Microsoft uses different metrics than we do for its video rundown test, but we’ve found the battery life to be closer to 8 hours.
Specs and Features:
While the Surface Book offers a bit more physical space to pack in battery and discrete GPUs, the Surface Pro maintains an emphasis on portability.
The key upgrade for the Surface Pro refresh is the Intel Kaby Lake CPUs, which bring several fundamental improvements in speed and battery life. If you want something a bit slower and a lot cheaper, try the Core m model: The performance should be satisfactory for basic office tasks.
- 1GHz Core m3-7Y30
- 2.6GHz Core i5-7300U (Kaby Lake)
- 2.5GHz Core i7-7660U (Kaby Lake)
- Memory options will vary, depending on your choice of Surface Pro
- Note that there are no 8GB options for the Core i7 at this time
- 4GB: Core m3
- 8GB: Core m3 or Core i5
- 16GB: Core i5 or Core i7
- 128GB (Core m, Core i5)
- 256GB (Core i5, Core i7)
- 512GB (Core i7)
- 1TB (Core i7)
- The Surface Pro offers only integrated graphics
- Graphics performance will increase along with processor power
- Core m: Intel HD Graphics 615
- Core i5: Intel HD Graphics 620
- Core i7: Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- 12.3-inch (diagonal) PixelSense Display
- Resolution: 2736 x 1824 pixels, 267 PPI
- 3:2 aspect ratio
- Surface Pen-enabled (sold separately)
- 10-point multi-touch
The new Surface Pro’s keyboard features 1.3mm of key travel, slightly less than the 1.5mm of travel used by the Surface Laptop. If you buy the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, you’ll get an Alcantara-clad deck that’s laser-cut to fit snugly around the keyboard keys, in either platinum, burgundy, or cobalt blue. Otherwise, you can buy a standard Type Cover, in black.
Though the Surface Pro uses Windows 10 Pro, Microsoft says a version of the Surface Pro will ship later on with Windows 10 S installed.
Ports and Connectivity:
Microsoft has chosen to stick with its established Surface Connector for charging, rather than use USB-C.
- USB 3.0 Type A
- mini DisplayPort
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Surface Connector for charging
- Bluetooth 4.1
- microSD card reader
- LTE, with a Cat 0 modem on board that will support up to 20 cellular bands across the globe