What did Microsoft gain from releasing the Surface Pro X last year?

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People within Microsoft seem to treat Panos Panay as some kind of genius, but he seems like a one trick pony, who’s basking in the success of the Surface Pro 3. Apart from that, he seems to have released devices before they’re ready. One of the latest examples seems to be the Surface Pro X (another is the Surface Duo, but at least it has apps). It’s a beautiful device, but terribly underpowered for the price. What did they get by releasing it in 2019? Why not either: A. Go the Amazon route and releases plasticky $200 tablet where people expect poor performance or B. Do what Apple did and release it when ready. Surely when they used the device, they would’ve noticed that the performance was crappy. I just don’t get how he gets away with this.

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