Microsoft has refreshed its Surface Pro – the most popular two-in-one hybrid available worldwide.
The announcement was made during the Redmond-based company’s annual hardware event in New York City, where Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Laptop 3, which is available in 13-inch and an all-new 15-inch screen size. It also unveiled a new dual-screen device called Microsoft Surface Neo with a next-generation Surface Pen, keyboard cover, and an all-new version of Windows 10 designed to work on gadgets with two touchscreens. In the packed event, there was also an Apple AirPods challenger – dubbed Surface Earbuds, and a new 4G-enabled, ultra-thin two-in-one called Microsoft Surface Pro X.
If you’re familiar with the previous Surface Pro devices, there’s nothing al that surprising about the design of the Surface Pro 7.
It’s a large unibody tablet design with a 12.3-inch display and a reflective squared-off Microsoft logo emblazoned on the back.
In fact, the biggest change to the hardware is the arrival of USB-C on the device, which was absent last time around. That means you’ll be able to connect your Surface Pro 7 directly to your smartphone, tablet, or any number of USB-C connected accessories available right now.
The Surface Pro 7 is available in a black and white finish. Unlike the Surface Laptop 3, there’s no sign of a gold colour.
The latest tablet has “studio miss”, which are designed to focus on your voice. That means your Surface Pro 7 should be able to hear you perfectly – even if you’re talking to the digital assistant in the middle of a busy coffee shop.
Microsoft also lets you take phone calls from your Android smartphone on your Surface Pro 7, which will use the new microphones to offer better call quality.
As you’d expect from a Surface Pro device, the Surface Pen places a huge role in the new experience. Microsoft has updated Excel to finally work with the pen. That means you’ll be able to handwrite notes onto cells, which will then be converted into text and placed in the correct Excel cell.
Surface Pro 7 is available to pre-order from today. Prices start at $749 for the entry-level model with an Intel i3 with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. This rises to a eye-watering $2,299 for the maxed-out Intel i7 with 16GB of RAM and 1TB of built-in storage.