Microsoft Unveils the Surface Pro 4

Posted by at 4:08 pm on October 6, 2015

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Microsoft unveiled a new Surface Pro 4, designed to be lighter and faster than any Surface Pro that has come before.

The Surface Pro 4 will be sold with Intel’s new 6th Gen (Skylake) processors, ranging from the Intel Core m3 up to Core i7 CPUs. With the restrictive form factor of the device, Microsoft opted to use the integrated graphics chips inside of processors. As such, graphics performance will vary considerably depending on the CPU used inside.

The Surface Pro 4 can also come with up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to a 1 TB PCI-E 3.0 SSD.

The 12.3-inch display on the Surface Pro 4 will feature an unusual resolution of 2736×1824 (267 ppi). The display supports 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, and each panel is individually calibrated. Microsoft included its PixelSense technology on this device, too, and it can support10-points of multi-touch input at a time with GPU-based processing.

Surface Pro 4
Operating System Windows 10 Pro
Exterior Dimensions: 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.4 mm)

6th Generation Intel Core m weight: 1.69 lbs. (766 g)

6th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 weight: 1.73 lbs. (786 g)

Mechanical features: Magnesium body, kickstand with full-friction multiposition hinge, magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability

Color: Silver

Physical buttons: volume, power

Display Screen: 12.3-inch PixelSense Display

Resolution: 2736×1824 (267 ppi)

Contrast ratio: 1300:1

Aspect ratio: 3:2

100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated

Touch: 10-point multitouch with GPU-based processing

Processor 6th Generation Intel Core m3, Core i5 or Core i7
Graphics Intel HD graphics 515 (Intel Core m3)

Intel HD graphics 520 (Intel Core i5)

Intel Iris graphics 540 (Intel Core i7)

 

Memory 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB RAM
Storage Solid-state drive (SSD) PCIe 3.0: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB
Security TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
Pen Surface Pen

1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity

Magnetic storage

Network 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible

Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless technology

Battery Up to 9 hours of battery life for video playback
Cameras Windows Hello face-authentication camera (front-facing)

8.0 megapixel rear-facing auto-focus camera, with 1080p HD camera

5.0 megapixel front-facing 1080p HD camera

Audio Stereo microphones

Stereo speakers with Dolby audio

Ports Full-size USB 3.0

Mini DisplayPort

microSD card reader (UHS-I performance)

Stereo headphones/microphone jack

Type Cover

Surface Connect for power and docking

Sensors Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer

Gyroscope

Magnetometer

Power Supply 24W power supply (Intel Core m3)

36W power supply with USB charging port (Intel Core i5 and Core i7)

In The Box Surface Pro 4

Surface Pen

Power supply

Quick Start Guide

Safety and warranty documents

Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty

Microsoft claimed that with this hardware, the Surface Pro 4 will be up to 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3, and up to 50 percent faster than the Macbook Air. The Surface Pro 4 will also feature a precision glass trackpad which is 40 percent lighter than the one used on the Surface Pro 3, and is nearly a full millimeter thinner than the Surface Pro 3 (9.1 mm vs. 8.4 mm on Surface Pro 4).

128 GB 6th Generation Intel Core M3 with 4 GB of RAM $899 ERP
128 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i5 with 4 GB of RAM $999 ERP
256 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM $1,299 ERP
256 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM $1,599 ERP
256 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM $1,799 ERP
512 GB

A release date hasn’t been set at this time, but users can pre-order the Surface Pro 4 starting October 7.

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