Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 7+ for Business

Posted on January 11, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 31 Comments

Surface Pro 8 is not a thing: Microsoft today announced Surface Pro 7+, a small revision to its predecessor that’s aimed solely at commercial customers. The firm is also ready to start shipping the 85-inch version of the Surface Hub 2S.

“Today, we are pleased to share the next step in our journey to support our commercial and education customers with the introduction of Surface Pro 7+ for Business,” Microsoft corporate vice president Robin Seiler announced. “And to help organizations bridge the digital and physical divide in today’s hybrid spaces, we’re beginning to ship Surface Hub 2S 85” in select markets this month.”

As its name suggests, Surface Pro 7+ is simply a new set of models of Surface Pro 7, the 2-in-1 tablet PC that Microsoft launched in late 2019. As such, it shares the same physical design, which has remained basically unchanged in several years, and some updated internals.

Key among those changes are 11th-generation Intel Core i3-1115G4, i5-1135G7, and Core i7-1165G7 processors and optional LTE Advanced cellular networking capabilities with the middle processor choice only. The Core i3 variants offer Intel UHD Graphics, but the i5 and i7 versions include Intel Iris Xe Graphics. Each includes Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and Dolby Atmos stereo.

Surface Pro 7+ can also be outfitted with up to 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of removable internal storage. And Microsoft claims battery life of up to 15 hours, with Fast Charging capabilities that will add 80 percent of capacity in one hour.

As for the long-delayed Surface Hub 2S 85, Microsoft says that it has already begun shipping to commercial and education customers in select markets. And in addition to Windows 10 Team, customers can now take advantage of more mainstream Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise configurations if desired.

“As different parts of the world plan for their returns to the office or classroom or rethink what hybrid and satellite environments mean for their organizations, Surface Hub will be there to ease that transition, helping to bridge the digital and physical divide,” Seiler says.

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