Instead of following the logical numbering, Microsoft has decided to rename the Surface Pro 5 and now this new device has been christened Surface Pro (2017). This device is basically a component upgrade, since at the design level the same chassis and same connectors are maintained in order to guarantee compatibility with all previous accessories in the range.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017: new tablet with Intel Kaby Lake processors
Despite all this, Surface Pro introduces a few changes even on a physical level. We found that the new hinge of the device allows you to drop it even more than before just in case if we want to write in it in a way more parallel to the table, and reminiscent of the possibilities of use that Microsoft added in the Surface Studio.
Internally, the changes are quite substantial and it was something to be expected. The most important of these changes is that the Surface Pro now has 7-generation Intel Kaby Lake processors with more optimizations (hardware HEVC codec decoding) and consumption that will allow tablets to enjoy longer battery life than devices (Up to 13.5 hours, according to Microsoft, 50% more than Surface Pro 4), coupled with better performance Surface Pro 4 which itself had battery problems with the Skylake processors, in what was known as Surfacegate.
The Core i5 and Core m3 processors will not require active ventilation, so the Surface Pro models that equip it will be completely silent. The screen remains unchanged, with a size of 12.3 inches and 267 ppi.
To make sure that all the problems were solved, Microsoft has taken the launch time between Pro 4 and Pro (2017) with ease. We recall that Pro 4 was launched in October 2015, and it has been practically a year and seven months since then.
Along with the launch of Surface Pro, Microsoft has also included a new Surface Pen with better latency (only 21 ms) than the previous model, 4096 points of pressure detection and tilt detection, as well as the stand we mentioned and new covers with keyboard called Surface Pro Type Covers. These are compatible with Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4, having the same connectors and the same chassis as the new Surface Pro of 2017. The keyboard now has the same Alcantara finish we saw on the Surface Laptop in early May.
Even though many users have criticized the use of this material instead of metal or plastic, the fact remains that after testing, many tests determine that it is much more comfortable and enjoyable to use. Additionally, Microsoft implies that we must get accustomed to this finish as it is planning to bet on it in virtually all its products.
The colors of the sleeves will be the same as those found with the Surface Laptop with a red vermilion finish, gray, gold and blue green. The sleeves will be available along with the launch of the device that is on June 15, for a price that will be around $ 150 if we guess based on the prices of the previous covers.
Microsoft Surface Pro 2017: technical specifications
Finally, we close the article summarizing the technical specifications of Surface Pro, which again does not equip USB Type C ports.
- 10-point multi-touch display with 12.3 inches PixelSense Display and 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
- 2.1 Stereo Speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
- 3.5mm Jack
- Intel Core m3 7Y30 (Intel HD Graphics Graphics 615)
- Intel Core i5 7300U (Intel HD Graphics Graphics 620)
- Intel Core i7 7660U (Intel Graphics Plus Graphics 640)
- 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM LPDDR3 to 1866Mhz
- Micro SD card reader (SDXC compatible)
- Wi-Fi 802.11ac
- Bluetooth 4.1
- LTE Advanced for models at the end of the year
- TPM chip for business security
- Xbox Wireless Built-in Chip
- Windows Hello, with login through the camera
- 5 megapixel front camera with 1080p video recording
- Weight: 770g
- Battery: up to 13.5 hours playing video
- Core m3-7Y30, 4GB, 128GB, $ 799
- Core i5-7300U, 4GB, 128GB, $ 999
- Core i5-7300U, 8GB, 256GB, $ 1,299
- Core i7-7660U, 8GB, 256GB, $ 1,599
- Core i7-7660U, 16GB, 512GB, $ 2,199
- Core i7-7660U, 16GB, 1TB, $ 2,699