Microsoft announce the first completely new Surface tablet since he Surface Go today, and it’s the 13-inch Microsoft Surface Pro X which is now taking orders with a November 5 (9:00 AM) release date:
Microsoft Store: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/new-surface-pro-x/
Surface Pro X is a Windows on ARM tablet powered by the co-developed Qualcomm and Microsoft SQ1 processor with a Adreno 685 GPU. The purpose behind it is to offer a slim and mobile tablet, with a large screen, good power, and built-in 4G LTE. This processor runs at 3 GHz and handles 2 Teraflops of graphics processing.
Configuration options are between 8GB of 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and removable 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD storage units.
The Surface Pro X has a 13-inch screen with the same PixelSense display technology that Microsoft have used on the Surface Pro, but with a display resolution of 2880 x 1920, 3:2 screen ratio, and 450 nits brightness so that it will be possible to use it outdoors too.
It has built-in 4G LTE through the Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem which is carrier unlocked, as well as dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, and it features 2x USB C ports.
As for portability, the Surface Pro X is just 5.3mm at the thinnest point, but is considered 7.3mm overall. The weight is 774 grams without the keyboard. Not bad considering that this is tablet with a built-in kickstand on the back of it. The Pro X is made of anodized aluminum with carbon composite and comes in black.
The keyboard is the brand new Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard that acts both as a cover too as well as a secure housing for the new Slim Pen that charges wirelessly and automatically every time it’s placed in its holder on top of the keyboard.
I’d say that’s the most clever invention in tablets and 2-in-1’s in a very long time. Grabbing the pen can also be used to automatically ready digitizer apps for you, so you can write down anything immediately, just the way technology should work.
Despite its portability, Pro X still has 2 watt stereo speakers, dual far-field mics, a 5MP front camera, a 10MP rear camera with 4K video recording, and front facial recognition for Windows Hello support.
Surface Pro X sensors includes accelerometer, gyro, magnetometer, ambient light sensor, GPS, A-GPS, and GLONASS. Other features includes fast charging for the battery with its 13 hour battery life, and TPM for added security.
It runs regular Windows 10 Home and not Windows 10 S, together with a 30 day trial of Office 365 included.
The price for a Microsoft Surface Pro X starts at $999 for the 128GB model.
– Tom Bowen