Microsoft launches new Surface Pro

KUALA LUMPUR: Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro, the latest in its 2-in-1 Surface product line.

Touted as the company’s ‘most versatile laptop’ to date, the new Surface Pro – essentially the Surface Pro 5 except Microsoft has chosen to drop the number – is claimed to provide 50% more battery life than the Surface Pro 4 while also being 2.5x faster than the Surface Pro 3.

It packs more power too. Just 8.5mm thin and weighing from 0.766kg, the new Surface Pro is claimed to be lighter than the bag it will be carried in, yet has the seventh generation Intel Core processor in a new fanless design.

The design updates also extend to its edges, which are now softer and more rounded, and to the two cameras – a 5-megapixel front facing with 1080p HD video and a 8-megapixel rear one – which have been built to fade into the bezel.

Like its predecessors, the new Surface Pro also doubles as a tablet with its colour-calibrated 12.3in PixelSense Display with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 (267 pixels per inch) and 3:2 aspect ratio.

Designed for use with the new Surface Pen – which now boasts 4096 point of pressure sensitivity with tilt and “virtually imperceptible latency” meaning no noticeable lag – and a new hinge that adjusts to 165° to provide a deeper angle to draw and write with in Studio Mode, Microsoft aims to deliver an “amazing inking experience” for users.

However, unlike its predecessors, the Surface Pen is no longer bundled with the device and is sold separately at RM299. The fact that it’s now an optional accessory, along with the Signature Type Cover keyboard priced at RM669, might make this a pricier proposition than before.

But for on-the-go productivity, the Surface Pro is arguably one of the most comprehensive devices on the market.

Together with Microsoft 365 – a suite of enterprise grade applications that includes collaborative office applications such as Office Web Apps, Office desktop applications, SharePoint, Lync Online, and One Drive – the company claims that the new Surface Pro is the ultimate work companion for mobile workers.

“At Microsoft, we’re constantly pushing boundaries and with the introduction of the Surface Pro, we’re taking consumers to a whole new level of the definition of a powerhouse laptop and a mobile creative studio in one thin, lightweight device,” said Microsoft Malaysia chief marketing and operations officer Michal Golebiewski.

“Our recent Workplace 2020 study revealed that Malaysian employees feel the most important way to improve collaboration and increase their level of productivity is through better PCs (55%) and better mobile devices (34%),” he added.

With Intel HD m3, i5 or i7 graphics cards, up to 16GB RAM and up to 512GB SSD storage, Windows Hello face sign-in camera, a magnesium body and a a one-year limited hardware warranty, Microsoft says new Surface Pro offers both productivity and creativity in one slim form factor.

Priced from RM3,699 to RM9,999 depending on the technical specifications, the Surface Pro is available now.