Year and a half after the release of that Surface Pro 3 that consolidated the proposal of this manufacturer in the segment of convertible notebooks, its successor arrives. The Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft is already with us, and does so armed to the teeth.
This new convertible tablet comes with improvements in all areas: screen, pencil, processor and, of course, all the versatility offered by Windows 10. The Continuum technology makes more than ever this proposal not only Microsoft could become our laptop, but also an entire desktop PC.
An exceptional display PixelSense
The new Surface Pro 4 passes the 12.3 inch frames-but reducing the overall size allows not re-place a screen resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels (60% more than the Surface Pro 3) and density 267 dpi screen.
The display is protected by Gorilla Glass 4 of only 0.4 mm and comes with PixelSense technology with 1,024 levels of pressure and a battery that is not rechargeable but according to Microsoft, holds a whole year of work. The pointer is attached to the sides of the screen by a magnetic system.
The software offers shown in the demo-namely, StaffPad, with which to write music- made clear the capacity of a new pencil and working directly on the screen that a priori is more powerful than ever. The new pencils also come in different colors to suit the tastes of different users.
Hardware improvements at all levels
The design of the new Surface Pro 4 follows the same lines as its predecessors, and reaches, albeitwith a slightly lower thickness goes from 9.1 to 8.4 mm. The new convertible tablets come in five different colors: black, red, cyan, blue and dark green. The weight of the models varies between 766 and 786 grams depending on the configuration, without the Type Cover.
Improvements in hardware coming from all fronts. We Skylake Intel processors family (from Core to Core i7 m3), up to 16 GB of RAM, up to 1TB in your SSD, and performance that according to Microsoft is 30% higher than the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 up to 50% higher than a MacBook Air … although in both cases did not clarify what was comparing concrete models. According to Microsoft, you can get up to 9 hours of battery life on this machine.
Besides the integration of Windows Hello to facial recognition we have a fingerprint sensor that allows us to also verify our identity with this type of biometric support.
The new docking station which is also compatible with Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has four USB 3.0 ports, two DisplayPort ports with support for 4K screens, and Gigabit Ethernet port.
The new Type Cover also comes with significant improvements: the touchpad is 40% larger -fantástico-, and now the layout of the keys is much more similar to that of a conventional notebook.The keys are separated rather than together, and the new design allows the scissor key travel and work in general with this keyboard by Microsoft especially remarkable. One thing more: it is compatible with the Surface Pro 3.
The front chamber is provided that support the Windows Hello technology and integrates a sensor 5 Mpixel, while the rear chamber is provided with a sensor 8 Mpixels and auto-focus. Connectivity is assured thanks to 2×2 MIMO 802.11ac WiFi support and Bluetooth 4.0 LE chip.
We have a USB 3.0 full-size, one mini DisplayPort, microSD reader, headphone jack and connectors for Surface Type Cover and Connect to connect to the mains and the docking station if acquired this special accessory.
Price and Availability
Microsoft has indicated that it is possible to reserve units of the new Surface Pro 4, and that these will be available from next October 26 at a price that will build on the $ 899 for the basic model.
In this case we have a Core m3, 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM and the price goes up from there until you reach the configuration with a Core i7 512 GB of SSD and 16 GB of RAM, and It goes for $ 2,199. Available model with 1TB SSD.
No prices have been confirmed for other countries We’ll see how increase with parity and taxes in our country, for example, nor have data on the price of the new Type Cover or new pointers. We will update this information as we have it available.