The Surface Pro 4 was what many people were looking forward to at the Microsoft event held on 6 October. It had been over a year since the awesome Surface Pro 3 was released and many rivals, the the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 (2015) and latest HP x360 convertible notebooks, have since surfaced to stake a claim to a great share of the market. Microsoft Surface Pro 4 wants to continue from where its predecessor left off with a bigger, improved display, slimmer design and more robust performance.
Design and Display
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 features an attractive slim design with a body made of premium magnesium alloy. It has an adjustable rear kickstand that facilitates use in laptop mode. The hybrid is both slimmer and lighter than its predecessor to make it a veritable mobile workstation of sorts. In spite of a somewhat smaller design, it still manages to cram in a bigger 12.3-inch diagonal display while the screen resolution jumps to 2736 x 1824 pixels. The intelligent PixelSense screen offers a pixel density of about 267 ppi, which is about the best you can currently get on a hybrid of this size.
This 2-in-1 laptop is engineered to deliver the level of performance its predecessor could not deliver – desktop-class performance. It is equipped with sixth-generation Intel Core processors from the Skylake range, starting from Core M3 up to Core i7. The robust CPUs are to be backed by up to 16 GB of RAM and sturdy GPUs. According to its maker, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 can deliver twice as powerful performance than an Apple MacBook Air.
Camera and Storage
Although a device this massive does not look much like one you’d be eager to use for capturing images, Microsoft has decided to bump the main camera to 8 megapixels, up from 5 megapixels, all the same. The front-facing snapper remains unchanged at 5 megapixels. Solid state drives are available for storage on the hybrid ensuring zippier performance. Storage capacity goes as high as a whopping 1 TB.
Sundry Specs and Features
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will offer a similar 9-hour battery as the Surface Pro 3. It will run on the latest Windows 10 Pro operating system to make for a good device for work. It packs an improved 1024 pressure sensitivity-level Surface Pen and an upgraded backlit Type Cover (keyboard) with more spacious key spacing and a larger glass trackpad.
In addition to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, Microsoft Surface Pro 4 also comes with a USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, a headphone jack and a microSD card reader for connectivity.
The Surface Pro 4 will start at a price of $899 (slightly under N180,000 in Nigeria) for the base model. Including stylus and keyboard, the 128GB base model will set you back by $1,030 (around N205,000) – almost $200 cheaper than the iPad Pro with similar storage capacity. Pre-ordering commenced 6 October, with the hybrid expected to go on sale from 26 October.
– 12.3-inch high-resolution display
– Surface Pen and Type Cover
– 8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera
– Latest Intel Skylake processor (up to Core i7)
– Up to 16 GB of RAM
– Windows 10 Pro
– 9-hour battery