Microsoft Unveils The Surface Pro 4

Microsoft unveiled a new Surface Pro 4, designed to be lighter and faster than any Surface Pro that has come before.

The Surface Pro 4 will be sold with Intel’s new 6th Gen (Skylake) processors, ranging from the Intel Core m3 up to Core i7 CPUs. With the restrictive form factor of the device, Microsoft opted to use the integrated graphics chips inside of processors. As such, graphics performance will vary considerably depending on the CPU used inside.

The Surface Pro 4 can also come with up to 16 GB of RAM, and up to a 1 TB PCI-E 3.0 SSD.

The 12.3-inch display on the Surface Pro 4 will feature an unusual resolution of 2736x1824 (267 ppi). The display supports 100 percent of the sRGB color gamut, and each panel is individually calibrated. Microsoft included its PixelSense technology on this device, too, and it can support10-points of multi-touch input at a time with GPU-based processing.

Surface Pro 4
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
ExteriorDimensions: 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 in (292.10 x 201.42 x 8.4 mm)
6th Generation Intel Core m weight: 1.69 lbs. (766 g)
6th Generation Intel Core i5 and Core i7 weight: 1.73 lbs. (786 g)
Mechanical features: Magnesium body, kickstand with full-friction multiposition hinge, magnetic attach for keyboard fold stability
Color: Silver
Physical buttons: volume, power
DisplayScreen: 12.3-inch PixelSense Display
Resolution: 2736x1824 (267 ppi)
Contrast ratio: 1300:1
Aspect ratio: 3:2
100 percent sRGB color, individually calibrated
Touch: 10-point multitouch with GPU-based processing
Processor6th Generation Intel Core m3, Core i5 or Core i7
GraphicsIntel HD graphics 515 (Intel Core m3)
Intel HD graphics 520 (Intel Core i5)
Intel Iris graphics 540 (Intel Core i7)
Memory4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB RAM
StorageSolid-state drive (SSD) PCIe 3.0: 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB
SecurityTPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security
PenSurface Pen
1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity
Magnetic storage
Network802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth 4.0 LE wireless technology
BatteryUp to 9 hours of battery life for video playback
CamerasWindows Hello face-authentication camera (front-facing)
8.0 megapixel rear-facing auto-focus camera, with 1080p HD camera
5.0 megapixel front-facing 1080p HD camera
AudioStereo microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby audio
PortsFull-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
microSD card reader (UHS-I performance)
Stereo headphones/microphone jack
Type Cover
Surface Connect for power and docking
SensorsAmbient light sensor
Power Supply24W power supply (Intel Core m3)
36W power supply with USB charging port (Intel Core i5 and Core i7)
In The BoxSurface Pro 4
Surface Pen
Power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty

Microsoft claimed that with this hardware, the Surface Pro 4 will be up to 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3, and up to 50 percent faster than the Macbook Air. The Surface Pro 4 will also feature a precision glass trackpad which is 40 percent lighter than the one used on the Surface Pro 3, and is nearly a full millimeter thinner than the Surface Pro 3 (9.1 mm vs. 8.4 mm on Surface Pro 4).

128 GB 6th Generation Intel Core M3 with 4 GB of RAM$899 ERP
128 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i5 with 4 GB of RAM $999 ERP
256 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i5 with 8 GB of RAM$1,299 ERP
256 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 8 GB of RAM$1,599 ERP
256 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM$1,799 ERP
512 GB 6th Generation Intel Core i7 with 16 GB of RAM$2,199 ERP

A release date hasn’t been set at this time, but users can pre-order the Surface Pro 4 starting October 7.

Follow Michael Justin Allen Sexton @EmperorSunLao. Follow us @tomshardware, on Facebook and on Google+.

This thread is closed for comments
    Your comment
  • littleleo
    Windows 10 pro... I think this model has a chance to sell more then any of the previous version, but the price seems a little high.
  • RedJaron
    So question is whether I want the SP4 or SB.
  • atheus
    These guys need to have a serious talk with whomever is selling them 8GB of RAM for $300. Also — i5 to i7 is an extra $300? 256GB SSD to 512 GB upgrade is $400? Hmm.

    This is why I always build my own PC, but when it comes to portable devices like this they've got us over a barrel. Any idea what components can be upgraded by the home user, or is it factory sealed as-is?