MICROSOFT is refreshing its Surface Pro tablet with longer battery life and faster processors. Microsoft Surface has more viewing angles for the screen. Microsoft made the declaration Tuesday in Shanghai, in its first Microsoft Surface launch outside New York. It’s a reflection of the company’s opportunity of growth among residents that prizes premium gadgets from American brands.
The new, fifth-generation device simply called Surface Pro won’t look or feel significantly different from its predecessor.
But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it compete with newer laptop-tablet hybrids from Samsung and others. Not to mention Apple’s iPad Pro.
Microsoft is making the announcement in China, a reflection of the company’s expectations of growth there. The Microsoft Surface has a non-compulsory keyboard cover that turns the tablet into a laptop.
Even though Microsoft pioneered this type of device, Samsung and others have been making their own, contributing to a 26 percent takings decline in the Microsoft Surface business in the most recent neighborhood.
Microsoft promises about 13.5 hours of battery life, or about 50 percent more than the nine hours on the earlier device, the Surface Pro 4. The processors inside will be faster and lower-end models will ditch the fan.
A keyboard cover turns the tablet into a laptop. But originality has slowed down since 2014, when the Surface Pro 3 got a fully adjustable kickstand to give the screen a broader range of viewing angles, similar to real laptops.
The Microsoft Surface’s stylus will now mimic pencil shading when twisted, much like the Apple Pencil for iPad Pro tablets. Along with this, Microsoft plans upgrades to its popular Office software with new pencil-like features.
Microsoft will sell the stylus individually for about $100. The new Microsoft Surface Pro will go on sale in Australia on June 15th and will start at $1119 for the fanless Core m3 version. The Core i5 models start at $1499 and the top-spec Core i7s start at $2499.