While early reports suggested a new Surface Pro device would launch alongside the Windows 10 Creators Update, we now have an official date courtesy of Microsoft's online store. Why the decision was made for waiver of the number 5 in the title, remains unknown, but still, this is a new professional tool for the job.
With its new Kaby Lake chip, Microsoft is claiming up to 13.5 hours of battery life, a healthy boost to the estimated nine hours of the Pro 4.
A week after introducing the Surface Laptop to the world, he's sitting in a room in Microsoft's Building 88 ready to show off his team's latest creation: the new Surface Pro.
Combined, the battery life and the LTE support will make the Surface Pro a much more mobile-friendly device, Ferguson said.
Twice as accurate as the previous version and enhanced by PixelSense Accelerator custom silicon, the new Surface Pen and new Surface Pro together set the industry standard for faster, more fluid writing and drawing and now Surface Pen supports tilt for more natural shading.
At the Shanghai event on May 23, the Surface Pro was revealed to come with a base model that's priced at $799 in the USA, £799 in the United Kingdom and AU$1119 in Australia.
Business users may be interested in a new collaboration app called Microsoft Whiteboard on Surface. The difference is obvious when you place the fully tilted (150 degree) Surface Pro 4 next to the tablet, so it may be worth the upgrade if your Surface Pro 3 or 4 doesn't recline far enough for your tastes. The company is billing it as a fast and powerful alternative to devices like the iPad Pro and is avoiding the "tablet" label by calling it a "versatile laptop".More news: Trump administration sending Congress $4.1 trillion budget
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The Surface Pro now joins the standardised naming scheme of Microsoft's product range, including the Surface Laptop, Surface Studio, Surface Book, and the rumoured Surface Phone. Base price is US$799 for a model with an Intel Core m3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 128-GB solid state drive.
The new Surface Pro will launch in the United Kingdom and 26 other markets on 15 June.
As Panay explained, "This isn't just a processor change.We did take Kaby Lake, it's the latest generation, of course".
The addition of cellular connectivity rounds out the capabilities of the Surface Pro. At 13.5 hours, it's a huge leap from its predecessors and the Spectre x2's 8 hours.
Other features that caught partners' attention were the new kickstand hinge that allows the device to be pushed back to a 165-degree angle that mimics the working angle of the desktop Surface Studio, the new ability to use the Surface Dial on the screen rather than as strictly an off-screen accessory, and the improved screen resolution. The Core m3 and Core i5 versions of the new Surface Pro are fan less designs, which means not only are they quieter, they are lighter as well.
"If you were looking for a major redesign of Surface, this isn't it", said Ross Rubin, principal analyst at Reticle Research.
Accompanying the new Surface Pro is a new Surface Pen as well which too has been refreshed thoroughly.