Microsoft has used its extremely impressive media event to introduce the latest addition to its tablet range, the new Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The newly introduced hardware has a fairly tough act to follow in the Surface Pro 3, a device that managed to bring in more than $3.5 billion in revenue during its time in existence, as well as influence a number of other hardware manufacturers to take some design inspiration from the beautiful device. Thankfully, it looks as though Microsoft is on form again.
Microsoft hasn’t gone entirely crazy with the “redesign” of the new Surface Pro 4. It remains largely similar to the device that preceded it, but it does come with an improved larger display. The software giant has bundled in a 12.3-inch PixelSense display at 267 ppi, and is 0.3-inches larger than that of the one found on the Surface Pro 3. The actual physical dimensions of the hardware remain the same however, with Microsoft making room for the extra display size by shrinking the surround bezels from the equation.
The beautiful aesthetics of the device and its new 12.3-inch display is backed up by the inclusion of one of Intel’s new Skylake processors. If you are to believe the marketing hype, then it’s capable of achieving speeds of up to 50% faster than Apple’s Macbook Air. RAM has jumped to 16GB while the internal storage goes up to 1TB.
If that isn’t enough to convince you that the Surface Pro 4 is the real deal, then what about the return of the Surface Pen, which can be stored with the tablet using a magnetic connection and will offer a yearlong battery life. The new Surface Pen also carries an eraser (digital of course) on it tail, and is sensitive upto 1024 levels of pressure. Available in a 5 different colors, the stylus can also be used to trigger Cortana as well by holding down the eraser, when needed.
The continuation of the Surface is made even more impressive with the inclusion of a new G5 chip, as well as the inclusion of Microsoft’s Cortana digital voice assistant. Cortana can be invoked immediately allowing her to respond instantly to audible voice commands. Microsoft has also paid significant attention to the accompanying Type Cover by making it thinner and including an all new glass trackpad that’s 40% larger than the one that came before it. Microsoft has also packed in an integrated biometric reader on the new Type Cover to support Windows Hello.
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