Microsoft is set to release its 4th generation of surface series tablets on the 26th of October. It touts a number of improvements over previous models including more efficient computer power through an updated CPU which provides both power efficiency and processing upgrades. Microsoft is offering more options with an expansive list of models that contain variety of ram and solid state storage options. Most models have a larger display and touts a greater pixel resolution. However even with these upgrades, Microsoft have been committed to making sure their tablets are compatible with all of its predecessor’s accessories. An important feature buyers will be looking for when they considering whether or not to make the upgrade.
Microsoft has managed to create a larger display within the same device size as its predecessor. This was attainable through a reduced bezel size to accommodate the larger screen. In addition it has also boosted the resolution from 2160×1440 to 2736×1824. An improvement consumers have come to expect with each new generation of tablet technology. Once again Microsoft has partnered with industry leader Intel to provide CPU and GPU processing power. They have chosen to go with the newest generation of “Skylake” CPU’s which are developed with Intels latest 14nm manufacturing node.
Similar to previous generations Microsoft will offer three varieties in terms of processing power. The core m3, i5 or i7 depending on your processing needs. Each has a significant increase in price for the consumer. The lower TDP of the m3 models allows Microsoft to offer its first completely fanless model. Memory offered varies between the three models in the form of 4GB, 8GB and 16GB. All models offer a solid state storage drive in varying sizes including 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. With quite significant prices increases between each.
Microsoft have also released a number of new and updated accessories to complement the Surface Pro 4 release. Most notably is the newly revamped type cover. Previous models offered limited space between keys and the trackpad. However the newest iteration now rivals that of many market leading ultrabooks and provides space between each of the keys which notably makes a huge difference when typing. Extra accessories include a new eraser for the surface pen and a newly revamped surface dock.
Overall the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is still an expensive buy, however this is backed up by performance and quality. If you are looking for a tablet that doubles as an ultrabook and handles intensive tasks effortlessly then you should consider the Surface Pro 4.