Microsoft launches new Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro X

Surface Pro X

Microsoft’s bestselling 2-in-1 Surface Pro line has been refreshed, and a new addition to the product family might be a bigger competitor to the Apple iPad. 

The New Surface Pro X. (Photo: Microsoft)

At their Surface Event 2019 on October 2, Microsoft announced a host of new and diverse products.

There’s a new addition to the Surface Pro line. The all-new Surface Pro X was designed with mobility and connectivity in mind. This new 2-in-1 fits a 13-inch, 2880 x 1920 screen in a 12-inch chassis thanks to slim bezels.

Surface Pro X has an interesting mix of hardware and software. Instead of the traditional desktop-class, Intel Processor, Microsoft worked with Qualcomm to create a custom-built SQ1 Processor that offers 3 times more performance per watt than the Surface Pro 6. With Qualcomm’s mobile processor inside, the Surface X offers LTE-Advanced technology for connection on the go. The mobile architecture also allows the device to be only 7.3mm thin and it weighs a mere 1.7 pounds (without a keyboard attached).

The Surface Slim Pen can be tucked away in a Pro X keyboard. (Photo: Microsoft)

Graphics are handled by a Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685 GPU that Microsoft claims outputs 2 teraflops of power. Even with a mobile architecture, the Surface Pro X runs a full version of Windows 10.

Surface Pro X is the first Windows computer to have an integrated AI engine. Microsoft showed a demo of how the system could use the AI engine’s processing power. When on a video call, the AI engine can artificially shift the eyes to simulate a user staring directly into the camera for a more personal experience.

The Surface Pro X supports Microsoft’s new Surface Slim Pen. The pen will hide away neatly in a Pro X Keyboard and stay charged up.

The device has also two USB-C ports and a nano-SIM card slot to enable LTE connections.

Surface Pro 7

There’s also a new successor to the Surface Pro 6. The new device has a familiar look with beefed-up internals.

Surface Pro 7 has the traditional Kickstand and a USB-C port. (Photo: Microsoft)

The device is powered by Intel’s 10th generation, Core processors in either an i3, i5 or i7 variant. The screen is a 12.3-inch, Pixel Sense display with a resolution of 2736 x 1824 and maintains the 3:2 aspect ratio the Surface line is known for.

The Surface Pro 7 comes with either 4, 8, or 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, coupled with 128 GB up to 1TB of solid-state storage.

Thankfully, there’s USB-C on this year’s Surface Pro 7. Though we would have liked to see more than one. There’s also a single USB-A port along with a 3.5mm headphone jack, MicroSD card reader, Surface Connect and Surface Type Cover ports.

Both the Surface Pro 7 and Pro X have Windows Hello support for face authentication and Dual far-field Studio Mics.

The Surface Pro X starts at $999 USD and will be released on November 5th. The Surface Pro 7 will start at $749 USD and will be released on October 22nd.

— Written by Renor C.