The Surface Pro 4 is on sale today for $649 with a free sleeve included as part of Microsoft’s 12 Days Of Deals. The Surface Pro 4 sale is on the 128GB version with Intel Core m3 processor and included Surface Pen digitizer.
This is the cheapest price on the Surface Pro 4 from Microsoft itself ever. The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Intel Core m3 “Skylake” model is a Windows 10 Pro tablet with many optional keyboard covers, and it has a accurate and deep 12.3-inch screen with a 2736 x 1824 resolution display with 10-point multi-touch and 3:2 aspect ratio, a 9 hour battery life, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD storage, a 5MP front camera, a 8MP rear camera, complete Wi-Fi cover, stereo Dolby Audio Premium speakers, and the versatile Surface Pen included with many features for it on the tablet.
So a great tablet, with the main rivals of the Surface Pro 4 (aka SP4) being the very similar Acer Switch Alpha 12 and the Asus Transformer 3 Pro, with the Intel Core i3 version from Acer being the cheapest option of the two, another great tablet with a sharp and deep display, as well as having an included keyboard which is also a great keyboard to write on, with very steady and highly accurate keys.
But there are two other options in the 12-inch Windows 10 2-in-1 tablet segment, that are on sale these days with the same Intel Core m3-6Y30 processor, 4GB RAM, and 128GB storage configuration as the cheapest Surface Pro 4, and those are the ultra-slim 12-inch Windows 10 tablets Samsung Galaxy TabPro S and Huawei MateBook both of which have been cut by over $300 and can be had for under $599.
These two Windows tablets are a bit different from the Surface Pro 4, but they still have digitizer support, though not as perfect as that of the Surface Pro 4, and they also achieve almost as good benchmark scores as the SP4 (though the SP4 generally wins on optimization), with a Surface Pro 4 Geekbench 4 single-core score of 2725 on average, and multi-core score of 4945 on average. Samsung scores just a tad behind the SP4, while Huawei is at about the same level as the SP4.
So considering the performance and price, these two 2160 x 1440 resolution tablets are also worth a look, if you want a powerful and very elegant 12-inch Windows tablet before Christmas.
(Updated: I would like to apologize for the typos in the first pulication of this article, when the word processor did some on-the-fly unintelligible autocorrections.)
– Tom Bowen