Microsoft launches the Surface Pro 4: thinner, more powerful than ever
The new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are some powerhouse smartphones to be sure, with advanced silicon and liquid cooling systems. Armed with Continuum, expanding their functionality close to that of full-fledged PCs, they becomes even more powerful. But even they can’t hold a candle to Microsoft’s next new product from today’s device event, as the company introduces the long-awaited Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Pro 4’s footprint stays the same as the Pro 3’s, but Microsoft has shrunk the tablet’s bezel, letting it squeeze in a 12.3-inch screen. That display is protected by a super-thin 0.4mm layer of Gorilla Glass 4.
There’s a new Surface Pen to accompany the upgraded tablet, picking up an eraser, offering 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity, and supporting interchangeable tips. It magnetically connects to the side of the tablet for storage, and gives you access to pen shortcuts for quick app access.
How about performance? Microsoft says the new Surface Pro 4 should be about 30 percent faster than the old Surface Pro 3. And despite that performance boost, the tablet is thinner than ever, shrinking down to just 8.4mm thick.
Microsoft also has a new docking station giving the Surface Pro 4 high-speed USB 3.0 connectivity, 4K DisplayPort output, and hard-wired Ethernet.
Pricing starts at about $900 – and if we know Microsoft, expect a spread of configuration (and pricing) options.