Microsoft Launches Surface Pro X With New Ultra-Thin Design, Slim Pen, Type Cover

Posted on October 2, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Microsoft, Microsoft Surface, Mobile with 28 Comments

Microsoft is finally introducing a new design for the Surface Pro line. After years of the classic Surface Pro design, Microsoft is finally moving forward with a new design and it’s actually really pretty. Put simply, Surface Pro has never looked this beautiful.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is the next-gen of Surface Pro. It’s a 13-inch device with an edge-to-edge PixelSense display, with a resolution of 2880×1920 pixels and 267 PPI. The device is incredibly thin at only 5.3mm and weighs only 774 grams. The design of the device is really sleek as you can see from the pictures above, and Microsoft’s also making a number of changes to the hardware with the new Surface Pro X.

Surface Pro X is powered by a new Microsoft SQ1 processor, with LTE Advanced connectivity. The SQ1 chipset is a custom chipset built by Microsoft for the Surface Pro X, built on a Snapdragon ARM processor. The SQ1 apparently offers more power (exactly 7-watts of power) than usual ARM chips, and Microsoft worked with Qualcomm to enhance GPU performance, with the Pro X offering 2 teraflops of graphics performance. The Surface Pro X is also the first Windows PC ever to ship with an integrated AI engine. All in all, the Pro X features 9 teraflops of computing power.

Oh, and, Microsoft’s finally introducing Type-C on the Surface line, with two USB 3.2 Type-C ports on the Surface Pro X. There’s also a new pen for the Surface Pro X: the Surface Slim Pen. It has almost the same functionality as the regular Surface Pen, with 4,096 pressure points, but it now features a slimmer design and can be recharged. Surface Slim Pen will be sold separately, though, and it can be stored on the new Type Cover keyboard of the Surface Pro X.

Yep, there’s indeed a new keyboard — say hello to the Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard. It’s almost the same Type Cover as the regular Surface Pro devices, but it includes a storage area where you can dock the new Surface Slim Pen for it to charge. And yes — you can close the device while the Pen is inside, which is pretty cool.

Inside the Surface Pro X, there’s up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM, and up to 512GB of SSD storage. In terms of the battery, Microsoft is promising up to 13 hours of battery life with fast charging capability. There’s an 11MP autofocus camera on the back, 5MP full HD camera on the front, and audio from Dolby Atmos.

Surface Pro X will be available for pre-order today, starting at $999. It will be available on November 5.

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