Microsoft has unveiled the new Surface Pro, the 2-in-1 laptop/tablet device and the next generation of the its Surface Pro product line-up. And yes, it is just called the new ‘Surface Pro’. The new Surface Pro delivers the most performance and battery life in a laptop that is this thin, light and quiet. Surface took the category it created and pushed it a step further with the new Surface Pro by bringing up to a manufacturer’s rating of 13.5 hours of battery life.
The new Surface Pro is considered to be a mobile creative studio with a decent-sized 12.3” PixelSense touch display that supports the new Surface Pen, the fastest pen ever, and Surface Dial both on- and off-screen. Twice as accurate as the previous version and enhanced by their PixelSense Accelerator custom silicon, the new Surface Pen and Surface Pro together provide for potentially faster, more fluid writing and drawing. The Surface Pen also now supports tilt for more natural shading. Inking in applications across Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365 including the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, will unlock ways for people to use digital ink to be more creative, collaborative and productive.
The new Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance and 50 percent more battery life than the Surface Pro 4. Everything has been streamlined and refined — from softer, rounded edges to cameras built to fade into the bezel. At just 8.5mm thin and starting at 766 grams and ranging up to 786 grams, the new Surface Pro is lighter than the bag it will be carried in, and packs the power of a 7th generation Intel Core processor into a new fanless design.
The new Surface Pro Signature Type Cover delivers a scissor mechanism and 1.3 mm of key travel. A full-size glass trackpad with five finger multi-touch capabilities allows for great precision and the entire keyboard is wrapped in soft yet durable Alcantara material, creating a comfortable palm rest.
The new Surface Pro will also be available with LTE Advanced later this year for greater mobility to let people work, collaborate and create from nearly anywhere.
The Surface Pro has a new hinge that adjusts to 165 degrees, and people can now put Surface Pro into Studio Mode, creating a more comfortable position to write or sketch.
The new Surface Pen is twice as responsive as the previous version with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity for increased accuracy and responsiveness. New tilt functionality detects the angle of the Surface Pen to enable more natural shading. The Surface Dial also works on-screen with the new Surface Pro, unlocking a set of unique experiences pioneered by Surface Studio. Placing Dial on the screen brings up app-specific digital tools, allowing people to quickly access shortcuts and move seamlessly through their workflow.
Starting at $1,349 NZD (RRP), the new Surface Pro allows people to customize their experiences with an array of colourful options for the new . Each of the new Surface accessories (the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, the updated Surface Pen and the Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse) comes in Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue colours for rich tone-on-tone looks.
The new Surface Pro will launch in 25 markets across the globe, including New Zealand, on the 15th of June 2017. You can pre-order the new Surface Pro and Surface Pro Signature Type Cover later today in select markets at the Microsoft Store. The new Surface Pen will be available in the coming weeks.
The new Surface Pen features will also be made available to the Microsoft Office productivity suite and the new Microsoft Whiteboard app.
New inking features in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint include a customizable gallery of your pens, pencils and highlighters that roam with you as a personalized setting across Office apps and devices, along with support for tilt and shading with the new Surface Pen. These capabilities will begin to release to Office 365 subscribers in June, including the more than 100 million monthly active commercial users and 26 million consumer subscribers.
Additional inking experiences will continue to roll out in the future, including the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, which offers a canvas board for creativity and collaboration with simultaneous inking between multiple people across the world. The Microsoft Whiteboard will enable people to collaborate on ideas and projects across an expanded set of ink-enabled Windows 10 devices later this year, with exclusive capabilities for Office 365 subscribers.
For more information, please visit: https://www.microsoft.com/en-nz/store/d/surface/8NKT9WTTRBJK/J4CR?icid=Cat_Surface-Hero1-Pro-052317-en-nz
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