Surface Pro X Announced at Microsoft Event

Today’s Microsoft Event brought out a list of new tech products to check out and some to look forward to. One of these products is the Surface Pro X. It’s been seven years since the company first debuted the Surface products and this might be the biggest update yet in terms of hardware and functionality. Here’s what we learned about it.

New Design of the Surface Pro X

While the new version takes some features from previous Surface products, they’ve made some distinctive changes. There is a kickstand like the other Surface products along with a Surface pen.

The digital stylus now has its own secure charging and storage spot next to the smart keyboard. And, that could mean a lower risk of losing the pen, which previously attached through magnets.

Powerful Performance

The Surface Pro X features an ARM-based, 2-in-1 design. Microsoft created the CPU in partnership with Qualcomm. The company put a big focus on the efficiency of the Surface Pro X. When compared to the Surface Pro 6, the tablet gets three times more power out of each watt. The Surface Pro X runs at up to seven watts of power, but the majority of processing is actually done at two watts.

Microsoft’s custom SQ1 integrates the CPU and GPU into one chip. The Pro X can push up to two teraflops of graphics performance along with nine teraops of overall performance. Plus, the Surface Pro X has an integrated A.I. engine as well as offers as much as 16GB of RAM and up to a 512GB SSD; this part is user-serviceable.

Similarities and Differences Compared to the Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro X  has a 13-inch PixelSense display, a 3:2 aspect ratio, and resolution of 2,880 x 1,920 and 267 PPI. These are all similar features to the Surface Pro 7.

The Surface Pro X has two USB Type-C ports along with a headphone jack and a microSIM slot for LTE wireless connectivity. It is also significantly thinner than the Surface Pro 7. It is 5.3mm compared to the Surface Pro 7’s 8.38mm. This is sure to make it feel like a much more portable device, which leads us to the next new thing about this tablet.

A Mobile Focus

To make the Surface Pro X more relevant for today’s focus on mobility, Microsoft has adapted the Surface to become a more mobile device for users. That means it centers on its powerful, integrative app capability. The slim-line tablet has the look and feel of a Windows mobile phone experience now.

Coming Soon

The new Surface Pro X is not available until November 5, 2019, but you can pre-order it as of today. The base configuration is just under $1,000. We can’t wait to get our hands on one!

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Maybe change the title to 5 things we learned from the Surface Pro X Announcement.

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“and this might be the biggest update yet in terms of hardware and functionality.” Apart from the original Surface (ARM-based) that launched prior to the x86 Surface Pro, and flopped; and the the Surface 2 (also ARM based, also flopped). While this time around there is a kinda-sorta compatibility layer, I see this flopping just as hard: native Windows-on-ARM is going to stay dead no matter how much the horse is beaten. And right after the big push to switch over to 64-bit-by-default for applications for Windows in general, launch a system that cannot run 64bit applications? Not a smart… Read more »

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It would be useful to know which sort of applications this device will run?

Sweatshopking
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Arm32, arm64, and x86 applications. No amd64 though. No opengl support for games though, but it does have direct support. Adobe is bringing its software over natively to the platform and others should follow.

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Still no Canadian preorders…
Not that I’d buy one. My sp6 is still strong, though there is quite a bit I like more about this device.

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x86 is great and all, but we’re so many years into amd64, the no amd64 support kind of kills it for me.

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