Introducing & Review of The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

Introducing & Review of The Microsoft Surface Pro (2017)

Introducing the new Surface Pro
Introducing the new Surface Pro

The latest version of the class-leading detachable-hybrid 2-in-1 tablet is simply named Microsoft Surface Pro ($799). It has the same dimensions as the Surface Pro 4, and shares peripheral compatibility with that tablet and the Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Pro 4 is Microsoft’s latest high-end tablet/laptop hybrid. Its incredible desirable design and powerful hardware still, more than a year on, make it one of the most desirable devices on the market.

The Surface Pro measures 0.33 by 11.5 by 7.9 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.73 pounds without the Type Cover, matching the Surface Pro 4 exactly. Side by side, you’ll notice slightly rounder edges around the case, as well as thinner vents for the Core i5 and Core i7 processors, but this is undoubtedly a Surface Pro tablet.

Introducing the New Microsoft Surface Pro

The most versatile laptop

Microsoft Surface Pro view in Laptop Mode

Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop Mode
Microsoft Surface Pro Laptop Mode

Transform Surface Pro into Laptop Mode by opening the built-in Kickstand and adding our new Surface Pro Signature Type Cover,* featuring luxurious Alcantara® material and an exceptionally responsive, full keyboard experience.

Microsoft Surface Pro view in Studio Mode

Microsoft Surface Pro view in Studio Mode
Microsoft Surface Pro view in Studio Mode

Microsoft Surface Pro view in Studio Mode Lower the Kickstand — now featuring a deeper, next-generation hinge — to place Surface Pro in Studio Mode for the perfect writing and drawing angle with the new Surface Pen.*Lower the Kickstand — now featuring a deeper, next-generation hinge — to place Surface Pro in Studio Mode for the perfect writing and drawing angle with the new Surface Pen.

Microsoft Surface Pro view in Tablet Mode

Microsoft Surface Pro view in Tablet Mode
Microsoft Surface Pro view in Tablet Mode

Close the Kickstand, and remove or fold Surface Pro Signature Type Cover* back for a powerful, stand-alone Intel® tablet.

Microsoft Surface Pro Features

Determined  Surface Pro Mobility

Create, study, work, and play virtually anywhere. Better than ever, ultra-light Surface Pro gives you total mobile productivity, all-day battery life, plus a softer, ultra-portable design with rounded edges.

Extra Battery

The highlight of Microsoft’s new Surface Pro is its battery. According to Microsoft, the 2017 model delivers up to 13.5 hours of battery life, which in comparison with Surface Pro 4 is 50 percent more battery life.


The new Microsoft Surface Pro features a high-resolution (2736 x 1824 pixels) 12.3-inch display with new PixelSense technology, 267 ppi pixel density, and 3:2 aspect ratio. It can additionally support up to two 4K monitors via Surface Dock. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 4 featured a PixelTouch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection last year, but of the same size and resolution as the new Surface Pro. Both also support 10-point multi-touch.

7th generation Intel processors

Last year’s Surface Pro 4 shipped with Intel’s 6th-generation Core processors – Intel Core M3, Intel Core i5 and Core i7, but latest Microsoft Surface Pro as expected comes with 7th generation Intel Core processors configuration going from Core M3 to Core i7.

New Surafce Pen

The new Surface Pen as briefed by Microsoft is its most responsive Surface Pen ever. It can detect over 4096 pressure points with just 21 milliseconds of latency, and it even has a new tilt functionality. This in comparison to last year’s Surface Pro 4 is much responsive stylus, because the Surface Pen that shipped with Surface Pro 4 could detect 1024 points of pressure.

Processor, RAM, Storage

The Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch comes with 32GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. Apple’s iPad Pro comes with A9X chip with 64‑bit architecture, and there’s an embedded M9 co-processor as well. The device reportedly comes with 4GB RAM of RAM, but this is something Apple never confirms officially.

With the new Surface Pro, Microsoft is introducing three processor variants, which are all 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processors. The Intel Core M3, Intel i5 and i7 processor variants will be available with the Surface Pro.  It also comes TPM chip for enterprise security.

RAM offered on the new Surface Pro is 4GB RAM, 8GB RAM or 16GB RAM. For graphics, Microsoft has will be using Intel HD Graphics 615 (m3), Intel HD Graphics 620 (i5) or Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 (i7) depending on the processor.

The new Intel i5 processor on the Surface Pro come with a fanless architecture, says the company. On the storage side, Microsoft is giving users the following SSD options 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB.

Ports, Connectivity Features

Now with Apple’s iPad Pro you’re only getting the Lightning Connector port, and a headphone jack. So you can’t really plug in a USB stick or whatever else. Apple’s iPad Pro comes with WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac; dual band (2.4GHz and 5GHz); HT80 with MIMO and Bluetooth 4.2. There’s also Cellular LTE version of the Apple iPad Pro.

The new Surface Pro has one full-size USB 3.0 port, microSDXC card reader and the Surface Connect port. It also comes with Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology. There’s no LTE version shipping right now, but it will come in the later half of 2017. Sensors on the new Surface Pro are Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer and Gyroscope.

Camera, Microphones

Apple’s iPad Pro has a 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front camera, which is a little outdated. The newer 9.7-inch iPad Pro has a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, for those who consider this important in their tablet. Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro can record 1080p videos, but the newer one has capability for 4K recording as well.

With the new Microsoft Surface Pro, you’re getting an 8MP rear camera and the front camera is 5MP with 1080p Skype HD video supported. The rear camera can also record and shoot 1080p Full HD video. There’s also support for Microsoft Windows Hello face authentication with the front camera.


When it comes to this part, Apple’s iPad Pro is pretty powerful. It has four speakers for audio, and dual microphones for calls, video recording, and audio recording.  With new Surface Pro, you’re also getting 1.6W Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium and this has dual microphones as well.


Microsoft’s new Surface Pro will come with enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in and Windows 10 Pro. It will also come with Office 365 30-day trial free.

No Noisy Fans

Surface Pro m3 and i5 models feature a new fanless cooling system, plus improved hybrid cooling on the i7 model, so you can work or stream your favorite shows in peace.

The Best of Microsoft Feature at your fingertips

Surface Pro works perfectly with Surface Pen, Surface Dial and Office, and runs the full Windows experience, including 3D creation tools. Enjoy fast, secured, password-free sign-in with Windows Hello.

Tech specs
Tech specs

Surface Pro that’s perfect for you

Get the power and memory you need for your favorite apps, plus great battery life and an Intel® Core™ processor that runs full desktop apps.

Intel® Core™ m3

Intel® Core™ m3, a powerful, cool running processor.

Microsoft Surface Pro tech specs
Microsoft Surface Pro tech specs


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