Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro 4, complete with the expected Windows 10 and sixth generation Intel Core processor. The company is claiming that it is 30-percent faster than its predecessor, which is a substantial jump in performance considering that the internals do not appear to be that much more improved.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will feature a sixth generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, and 1TB of storage. Its display has been bumped to a 12.3-inch screen, without increasing the footprint. Admittedly, the 0.3-inch increase would probably have been difficult to notice in the first place. It also features Microsoft’s Pixelsense technology and G5 chipset, which are intended to work with the new Surface Pen.
There was a massive emphasis on the features of the Surface Pen, which looks like what Microsoft is pushing this time. The presentation may have wandered melodrama territory with a video demo of a musician composing a symphony, but it did demonstrate the purpose of the stylus.
A variety of five colours will be available for the Surface Pen, and it will also have a selection of nibs for different performance. Microsoft has included an eraser on the end of the Surface Pen for erasing things as well, just like a real pen. Cortana is also integrated into the Pen, and can be activated by holding the button down and speaking to the AI assistant.
Unfortunately, it looks like Microsoft has not provided users with a proper way to store the Surface Pen. At the moment, it looks like the stylus attaches to the side of the Surface Pro 4 via magnetic hold. This is not entirely ideal for storing a stylus, unless those magnets are ridiculously strong. On the plus side, the battery of the Surface Pen will last for a whole year before it needs replacing.
Finally, the Surface Pro 4 will also have an optional Surface Dock. This hub mainly features a large number of connection options in four USB 3.0 ports and a pair of Display Ports capable of outputting 4K video. Presumably to take advantage of the Intel processor’s ability to dual output 4K video.
Pre-orders of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 open on 7 October. Prices start from $899 (about RM3,875) and it will begin shipping on 26 October.