As expected, Microsoft just announced the new Surface Pro 4 models will be available for pre-order Tomorrow (October 7th). In a surprise move, they also announced the Surface Book… along with two new Microsoft phones, and the new Microsoft band.
But, who cares about those other things, right? This is Love My Surface. Let’s talk about the new Surface Pro 4 first. You can watch the official Surface Pro 4 launch video below:
Don’t worry, If you want to read about the Surface Book then follow this link!!!
Surface Pro 4 Announced: Tech Details
While we don’t have all of the details yet, we do know that the new Surface Pro 4 will be available for pre-order tomorrow (October 7th) and will be shipping October 26th.
From the information presented at the briefing, we know it will offer the following:
- Will start at $899 USD
- 6th Generation Intel Core (Skylake)
- Up to 16GB RAM
- Up to 1TB Hard Drive
- 12.3″ Screen
- Only 8.4 mm thick (can’t get any thinner because of USB 3.0 connectors)
- 5MP Screen offering 267 PPI
- 8MP Cameras
- Hybrid cooling system (to cut down on fan noise)
- A new Pen with 1024 points of pressure, the return of the “eraser” function for the end button, 1-year battery life, and magnetic storage.
- Laptop class keyboard in the new Type Cover
- 40% larger trackpad with 5-points of touch.
- Dual front-facing speakers
Like I said above, the SP4 will be available for pre-order tomorrow and will be available in brick and mortar Microsoft Stores as soon as October 26th (depending on where you are in the world).
Surface Pro 4 Announced: First Impressions
Let me sum it up this way; “I can’t wait until October 26th so I can get my Surface Pro 4!!!!”
As a gamer, I’m particularly excited about the new Skylake CPU and it’s integrated IRIS GPU. It will really improve my gaming performance. I’m also excited about the larger RAM and hard drive options as I do occasionally run out of space on my current Surface. I’m also surprised that the camera seems to be capable of supporting Windows Hello (facial recognition) as most tech writers (myself included) thought there simply wasn’t enough space to cram it in there.
However, it’s not really revolutionary, it’s “merely” evolutionary. For the revolutionary piece, give me a few minutes to write up my impression on the Surface Book.
That said, I’m really excited about the Surface Pro 4, I think Microsoft really stepped up their game with this announcement. Since the competition was already playing catch-up with the Surface Pro 3, the Surface Pro 4 will be the “tablet to have” for some time.
Now, on to the Surface Book…
Tim Rolston is a professional geek with over 23 years of experience working in Information Technology and dealing with everything from large-scale storage to remote systems management and automation for organizations such as Texas Instruments, Mobil Oil, and the University of Michigan (where he was an Academic IT Director).
He co-founded JTRTech along with Joanna to realize his long-time dream of working for himself.