Microsoft today introduced the new Surface Pro, choosing that name over Surface Pro 5, at a media event in Shanghai, China.
Microsoft said the new Surface Pro delivers up to 13.5 hours of battery life on a single charge, a 50 percent increase over the Surface Pro 4 and 35 percent more battery life than the iPad Pro’s advertised 10 hours.
The notebook-tablet hybrid features Intel’s faster Kaby Lake processors, including Core m3, i5, and i7 chips depending on the model. Microsoft says the high-end Surface Pro with a Core i7 processor is 2.5× faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 1.7× faster than the iPad Pro with Apple’s own A9X chip.
The new Surface Pro also has a refined design with cleaner lines and curved edges, a “visually softer” camera, and an improved hinge with a 165º range of motion allows it to be placed in Studio Mode.
It’s also the lightest Surface Pro ever, starting at 1.7 lbs. By comparison, the 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro weigh 0.96 lbs and 1.57 lbs respectively.
The new Surface Pro is available for pre-order later today and will ship on June 15 worldwide. Pricing starts at $799.99 in the United States. LTE Advanced models will be available later this year.
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