It was pretty much public knowledge that Microsoft is going to unveil a new Surface tablet at its event in New York City today and that’s what it has done, aside from unveiling its first ever laptop. The new Surface Pro 4 has been officially announced, it’s thinner, lighter and more powerful than its predecessor and also comes with a new Surface Pen. As expected, it’s powered by Windows 10 and brings features like Cortana and Windows Hello to the tablet.
According to Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is the “thinnest, most powerful” PC powered by Intel Core processors ever. It’s powered by the latest Skylake Intel Core processors and features up to 16GB RAM and 1TB of onboard storage. Despite having a larger 12.3 inch display the tablet is thinner at 8.4mm.
The company claims its new tablet is 50 percent faster than a MacBook Air and 30 percent faster than the previous Surface Pro. It supports a new dock which includes four USB 3.0 ports, two 4K display ports and an ethernet port. It will work on the Surface Pro 3 as well just like the new Type Cover.
A new Type Cover has also been announced today, it’s also thinner and lighter than its predecessor, with the trackpad being 40 percent larger and keys having more space between them and more travel at 1.3mm. It even includes a fingerprint sensor for authentication.
The new Surface Pen features an eraser at the end and has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity for greater precision and control. It can easily be tucked away at the side of the Surface Pro magnetically when not in use.
Pre-orders for the Surface Pro 4 start tomorrow, the tablet starts at $899 and will be released on October 26th.