Microsoft revealed their new Surface Pro tablet and its specifications. A question now rises if it’s worth getting it, especially when compared to the Surface Pro 4.
First off, we have got to look at what the specifications are for the new tablet, before moving on to compare with the previous iteration of the Surface Pro device. As far as processors are concerned, the Surface Pro 2017 will have the 7th generation Intel Core m3, i5 and i7 available. The Display is a 12.3-inch 2736×1824 PixelSense with a 10-point multi-touch. RAM varies from 4GB to 16GB depending on which variant you buy. The graphical processing unit also varies and is related to the processor onboard, for the m3 processor you get the Intel HD Graphics 615, for the i5 processor you get the Intel HD Graphics 620, and for the i7 processor you’ll find the Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640. Storage varies from 128GB to 1TB SSD.
Of course, those are not the only specs it has but they are the main ones when looking into purchasing a new tablet and it makes comparing it to the Surface Pro 4 easier. To begin with, the Surface Pro 4 has the older Skylake CPU, while the newer cores are the 7th generation Kaby Lake. These do not only boost up the performance, but also help with battery management. The battery life is quite significantly improved, with an approximately extra 5 hours longer running time. Overall shape and size is the same on the newer Surface Pro when compared to the Surface Pro 4.
The stylus also has some improvements made to its pressure sensitivity by about 4096 levels, which ranks it on equal terms with other expensive styli. It also received tilt sensitivity which is unique to Surface stylus.
Finally, Microsoft has opted for the classical USB 3 port and doesn’t seem to want to move on to the USB-C. On the plus side, Microsoft is offering a USB-to-USB-C dongle as an optional purchase.