Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – Everything You Need to Know About the Flagship Tablet
Anyone who has used Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 would admit that it’s a terribly underrated device. Microsoft really improved just about every feature in its previous iteration, and now have taken it one step further with the Surface Pro 4.
The latest flagship tablet from Microsoft builds largely on the basic design and features of its predecessor, but it gives it that extra bit of oomph, both hardware-wise and in software.
The biggest and most noticeable difference is the laptop-tablet’s slightly larger 12.3” screen, which boasts an impressive 2736 x 1824 resolution reaching at 267ppi. Mind you, this larger screen does not actually mean that the Surface Pro 4 is bulkier – quite the contrary, in fact.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is actually a bit thinner than its predecessor at about 8.4mm, with the larger screen compensated by thinner bezels. It’s also a bit lighter at 766 grams. On the sides you’ll see four USB 3.0 sockets, two 4K DisplayPorts, and an Ethernet port.
That’s the main tablet’s basic different from the outside. Inside, the most powerful variant of the Surface Pro 4 will feature Intel’s latest 6th generation Skylane processor, 16GB RAM, and a lightning fast 1TB SSD.
It’s going to cost you around $2,000, but let’s not forget that this is a full-fledged laptop, and is 50% faster than the Macbook Air, while being 30% faster than the Surface Pro 3.
You also have a brand new Surface Pen, with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, interchangeable tips, and an all-year battery life – perfect for artists. It also has Cortana integration, a magnetized attachment to the back of the tablet.
The biggest tangible performance difference of the stylus though will come from the super-thin Gorilla Glass being used to enhance precision and touch experience. This is the thinnest bit of glass ever on a tablet, at 0.4mm, and Microsoft has even added a G5 chipset to handle the optical stack.
Lastly, there’s the Type Cover, which has also been revised. It now comes with a 40% larger trackpad, and chicklet styled keys. It also boasts a fingerprint reader for Windows Hello, and the best part is, it’s backwards compatible with the Surface Pro 3. Nice!
The Surface Pro 4 is up for pre-order today at $899 for the Intel Core M3 variant. Shipping will begin on October 26.