Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the successor to the highly popular Surface Pro 3. The newly-unveiled Surface Pro 4, a supposed Apple iPad and MacBook beater, improved on an already awesome hybrid, offering a slimmer design, a bigger and better display and enhanced performance.
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Design and Display
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 features similar premium design as its predecessor with a body fashioned out of magnesium alloy. But it comes in slimmer and lighter at 8.4 mm and 766 g respectively, compared to the Surface Pro 3’s 9.1 mm and 794 g.
Surface Pro 4 retains that 2-in-1 design which means you can either use it as a tablet or pair with a keyboard (Type Cover) to use as a laptop. The new keyboard, which you still have to buy separately now comes with more spaces between the keys for more typing comfort.
The new Type Cover also adds a fingerprint scanner.
Display size has been bumped to 12.3 inches with a better screen resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels. The improved touchscreen is protected by rugged, scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and has a 3:2 aspect ratio.
Surface Pro 4 also boasts a PixelSense technology which enables it optimise response to touch by finger or stylus instantly.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is configured to deliver desktop-quality performance with latest Intel Core processors codenamed Skylake. The base model comes with an M3 CPU, but you can have a unit with up to Core i7.
With as much as 16 GB of RAM and powerful GPUs supplied, you should expect nothing but very robust performance and responsiveness.
Miscellaneous Specs and Features
Unlike the Surface Pro 3, this new 2-in-1 laptop will run on latest Windows 10 (Pro Edition). Surface Pro 4 is expected to also offer up to nine hours of battery runtime.
Its rear camera has been upgraded to 8 megapixels while the selfie snapper still uses a 5-megapixel sensor. The 2-in-1 laptop comes with between 128GB and 1TB solid state drive, depending on configuration.
The Surface Pro 4 offers a USB 3.0 port, a microSD card reader, a Mini DisplayPort, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, amongst others, for physical and wireless connectivity. In terms of accessories, it has an upgraded Type Cover and Surface Pen.
The Type Cover features key backlight, wider key spacing and a glass trackpad that is 40 percent bigger; it is backwards compatible with the previous-generation Surface Pro. The new Surface Pen boasts 1024 pressure sensitivity levels.
Pricing and availability
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is not yet available in Nigeria, but will launch on October 26, 2015 in the United States starting at $899. When available, the tablet will be available at leading online stores in the country. Microsoft Surface 4 Pro Price in Nigeria is expected to start at around 180,000 Naira.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 Tablet:
- Platform: Windows 10 Pro
- Processor: 6th Gen Intel Core m3, Core i5, or Core i7 Processor
- GPU: Intel HD Graphics (Core M & Core i5) or Intel Iris Graphics (Core i7)
- Memory: 4 GB RAM, 8GB RAM, or 16GB RAM
- Colours: Silver
- Dimension: 292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 mm)
- Weight: 766 g or 786g (Core i5 or Core i7)
- SIM Type: No SIM support
- SIM Count: Zero
- Display: 12.3-inch PixelSense Touch Display, 2736 x 1824 pixels (267ppi), 3:2 Aspect Ratio
- Display Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- Rear Camera: 8 MP Camera, 1080p HD Video
- Rear Camera Features: Geo-tagging, autofocus
- Front Camera: 5 MP Camera, HD Video, Skype
- Built-in Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB Solid State Drive (SSD)
- Memory Card Support: Yes
- Bundled Cloud Storage: Yes
- 2G GSM: No
- 2G CDMA 1X: No
- 3G WCDMA: No
- 3G CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: No
- EDGE: No
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: No
- HSPA+: No
- CDMA EVDO: No
- 4G LTE: No
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: No
- Bluetooth: Yes, Bluetooth 4.0
- Mini DisplayPort: Yes
- Cover Port: Yes
- USB Port: Yes, full USB 3.0 port
- SMS/MMS: No
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: Yes
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
- Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
- FM Radio: No
- Loudspeaker: Yes (Dolby Audio)
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: No
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: –
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: –
- Light Sensor: Yes
- Barometer: No
- Pedometer: No
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: No
- Iris Scanner: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Traditional Voice Calls: No
- Security: TPM chip for enterprise security
- Wireless Charging: No
- Surface Pen Support: Yes
- Keyboard Support: Yes (Buy the Type Cover Separately)
- Water Resistant: No
- Dust Resistant: No
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: –
- Use Time: up to 9 hours (Video Playback)
- Music Playback: –
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