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The Surface Pro 6 is Microsoft’s latest addition to its detachable tablet line of modern 2-in-1 workstation. The device was launched at Microsoft’s Surface event held on October 2 in New York City alongside other Surface products and innovations. It comes as an upgrade to the Surface Pro (2017) that was released last year but this time, with a new colour option, improved processor, and battery life. The biggest changes are, however, on the inside. Take a look at the major specifications of the Surface Pro 6 below.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Key Specifications

  • Display — 12.3-inch PixelSense screen with 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI) resolution
  • Dimensions — 11.5 in x 7.9 in x 0.33 in (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)
  • Memory — 8GB or 16GB RAM
  • Processor — Intel Core™ 8th Gen i5 or i7
  • Graphics — Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (i5) or Intel® UHD Graphics 620 (i7)
  • Cameras — 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p Skype HD video and Windows Hello Face Authentication, 8.0MP rear-facing 1080P full HD autofocus camera
  • Audio/Speakers — Dual microphones, 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby® AudioTM Premium
  • Software — Windows 10 Home OS
  • Wireless — Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible, Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
  • Sensors — Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
  • Connection — 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x 3.5mm Headphone jack, 1 x microSDXC card reader, 1 x Mini DisplayPort, Surface Type Cover port, 1 x Surface Connect port.

Build and Design

Surface Pro 6

In terms of design, body form and build quality, the Surface Pro 6 is an exact (read: identical) twin of its predecessor. It features the same stylus pen, same keyboard, and the same functionalities as the Surface Pro. In fact, if we judge by the body build and design, the old Surface is the new Surface. The only design modifications is the introduction of a new matte Black colour which looks super appealing and feels great in the hands. And according to Microsoft, “Black is more than just a color; it’s a whole new material.”

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This isn’t Microsoft’s first time of releasing a Surface 2-in-1 tablet in Black colour but this one feels different. The Microsoft Surface Pro 2 — launched in 2013 — was the first “Black” Surface Pro tablet.

Moving on, while the new Surface Pro 6 looks and feels great (particularly the matte Black variant), that Microsoft left out a USB-C port on this device is a disappointing oversight. It might not be a deal breaker, but the Surface Pro 6 would have scored more points if it had at least one USB-C port; it’s the future. Port selection and configuration is the same as on the Surface Pro (2017).

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Surface Pro 6

But overall, the Surface Pro 6 is a visually appealing device that’s still among the world’s lightest and thinnest 2-in-1s. It is also available in the regular Platinum/Silver color option.

Display and Camera

Although Microsoft says the new Surface Pro display will have better quality and contrast ratios, the screen of the Surface Pro 6 is really familiar. It sports the same 12.3-inch display in 3:2 aspect ratio, 2,736 x 1,824 pixels resolution, and 267 pixels-per-inch density as its predecessor.

Right above the display is a 5-megapixels front-facing camera capable shooting 1080P HD videos or for making crystal clear Skype calls. The camera also supports Windows Hello Face Authentication unlock. The shooter on the rear is of 8-megapixels quality and is capable of shooting 1080P HD videos as well.

Processor and Storage

Unlike last year’s Surface Pro with 4GB as its minimum RAM, the Surface Pro 6 starts at 8GB and can reach up to 16GB. For the first time ever, a slim tablet like the Surface Pro 6 will come out-of-the-box with Quad-core 8th-gen processor. The CPUs come in options of Intel Core i5 or Core i7 and Microsoft says they would bring on about 67 percent speed boost compared to its predecessor.

Surface Pro 6

The 8GB (Core i5) RAM model of the Surface Pro 6 comes with 128GB and 256GB storage options while the 8GB (Core i7) RAM is available in 256GB only. The 16GB Surface Pro 6 on the other hand is only powered by Intel Core i7 and available in 512GB and 1TB storage configurations. To combat excess heat dissipation, the Core i7 model of the Surface Pro 6 comes with a thermal cooling system while the less powerful Core i5 model with less heat production is fanless.

Pricing and Availability

The base model of the device with 8GB/128GB storage configuration and Core i5 CPU starts at $899; $500 cheaper than last year’s Surface with only 4GB RAM and less powerful processor. The more-powerful Core i7 model with 16GB/1TB configuration will cost as high as $2,299. The Surface Pro 6 is presently available on pre-order but will officially go on sale on October 16.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Surface Pro 6 — Microsoft’s Quad-core 2-in-1 Tablet PC launched in Matte Black design was written by Olanrewaju Sodiq. The article was last modified: October 4th, 2018