During Microsoft’s hardware event yesterday, they unveiled the new Microsoft Surface Pro 7, but due to the sheer amount of new Surface devices announced at the same time, some of the important highlights and improvements on the new Microsoft Surface Pro 7 were not announced. So here is a quick rundown of the changes to the new Surface Pro 7 that will be released on October 22:
Sometimes Microsoft has been unlucky because the Intel Core processor launches have come after Microsoft have launched new Surface devices. This time around things are different, because now Microsoft has been first in line for the new 10th gen. Intel Core processors in Windows tablets. This is important, because it means that the Surface Pro 7 will stay competitive and feel fresh for a long time.
Processor options are the dual-core Intel Core i3-1005G1 with Intel UHD Graphics GPU, the quad-core Intel Core i5-1035G4, or the most powerful quad-core Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, with Intel Iris Plus Graphics GPU for the latter two models. So product chief Panos Panay wasn’t joking when he said that the new Surface Pro 7 has 2x the graphics performance over Surface Pro 6 that was launched with 8th gen. Intel Core processors.
Even judging by benchmark power, the Intel Core i7 version has gone up from a Geekbench 4 multi-core score of 13,850 in the predecessor, to 19,000 on average with the new Surface Pro 7, which is a huge increase.
The LPDDR3 RAM has also been replaced by a newer LPDDR4x RAM, with options of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB RAM available relative to the processor, so that makes the Surface Pro 7 faster and more powerful too. Storage options are the same as before, with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD alternatives, as well as microSD card support.
Microsoft have also future proofed the SP7 by adding ax Wi-Fi which is still exceptionally rare on tablets so far, so that it now features 2×2 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi 6, so that it can handle the fastest Wi-Fi routers that most people have yet to upgraded to yet. The Bluetooth standard have also been upgraded to Bluetooth 5.0.
Surface Pro 7 have also been treated to a USB C port upon the request of many people, though it also features a more sturdy regular full-size USB A port, as well as a Surface Connect port, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.
And while Microsoft may have used different suppliers for some of the components than before, the actual specs of the other hardware is the same.
The Surface Pro 7 screen is the same award winning best in class PixelSense Display at 12.3 inches with a 2736 x 1824 resolution display and 3:2 screen ratio. So you still get that precise and responsive touchscreen that is silky smooth to touch and individually calibrated screens, and support for the 4096 pressure level sensitive Surface Pen.
The all important battery life is 10.5 hours long, but can be used to charge other devices with too, like a phone. Other specifications are a 5MP front camera and 8MP rear camera, Windows Hello IR facial recognition camera, two far-field mics, and 1.6 watt Dolby Atmos Premium stereo speakers. These speakers can be surprisingly loud.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 ships with regular Windows 10 Home now instead of Pro, and has ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer (new) for sensors.
It still features the multi-angle adjustable kickstand on the back, with a 8.5mm thick magnesium unibody that weighs 775 grams, or 790 grams for the Intel Core i7 version. Color options are Matte Black or Platinum.
In addition to the regular black or grey colored keyboards, or the Poppy Red Surface Pro Signature Cover, Microsoft is also launching a Ice Blue Surface Pro Signature Type Cover together with the Surface Pro 7 on October 22, with similar color options for the Surface Pen.
The Surface Pro 7 prices range from $749 with Intel Core i3 / 4GB RAM / 128GB storage, up to $2299 with Intel Core i7 / 16GB RAM / 1TB storage. The bestselling Surface Pro model is usually the Intel Core i5 model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage though, priced at $1199.
Since Microsoft has beat all its Windows 2-in-1 rivals due to the freshness of the specs this time around, there aren’t really any other Windows 10 2-in-1 tablets in this size and price range that functions as alternatives right now.
Both HP, Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo are behind on their upgrades at this point in time, so the only option is really just Surface Pro X for a 13-inch Windows 2-in-1 with LTE.
– Tom Bowen