Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 7+ for Business

Posted on January 11, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 32 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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37 responses to “Microsoft Announces Surface Pro 7+ for Business”

  1. andrey_medvedev

    A BUSINESS computer without an audio jack? Yeah, sure, the batteries in my wireless headphones to run out in the middle of my business meeting is exactly what I want to worry about.

  2. chrisltd

    I’m starting to think a Pro X style refresh isn’t in the cards unless Intel can somehow reduce heat output on their CPUs.

    I guess MS could still do smaller bezels, but the weight and thickness likely can’t be reduced.

  3. illuminated

    Battery life up to to 15 hours sounds good but it takes only one crappy javascript page to bring that battery life to nothing. Would be interesting to see battery life comparison with M1 mac. 15 hours is OMG-REVOLUTIONARY-THROW-AWAY-EVERYTHING-ELSE good.

  4. will

    IMO it works better when you don't have a number after the device. Just Surface Pro, and the 2021 model year or 8th gen.

    • Paul Thurrott

      The reason Microsoft stopped using year names (mostly) was that it makes the products seem old quickly. If you are on a Surface Pro 6, or whatever, it's just a number. But if you're using Surface Pro 2017, it starts to feel old in a few years.
  5. geoff

    LTE option is back, battery is bigger, ability to remove the hard disk before disposing, 11th gen CPU . . .

    And, of course, the ability to use USB-C hubs instead of proprietary Surface Connect hubs (which arrived with the Surface Pro 7), while also keeping the Surface Connect socket for devices you already have.

    I'm actually interested again. Surface Pros are very good PCs.

  6. anthonye1778

    I wonder when MS is going to finally ditch the consumer segment. When you go on their consumer Surface site for the first time a popup appears urging you to go to the business site. "Surface is built for business" it says. So, by extension, it's NOT built for you, the consumer. It will be interesting to see where this all goes and when. Could Pro 7+ for business only be the beginning of MS's phase-out of the consumer segment?

  7. macguy59

    You would think they could have reduced the bezels, bumping up display size. Those bezels are my biggest gripe

  8. simard57

    were prices released?

    I will be replacing my Spectre 360 this year. I am hoping that a SP8 drives own the SP7 prices and I am attracted to this version due to larger battery and fast charging. the SSD replacement is gravy.

  9. simard57

    is the I3 with 8 GB RAM a suitable performer now - compared to I5 SP3?

    is 128 GB adequate given that cloud storage is integrated in?

    • Paul Thurrott

      This is one of those things where many (including me) would say, "yeah, probably for most people," but would never even consider that one for themselves.
  10. earlster

    Now, if they also had a user-replaceable battery, this might be interesting again. Without it, I'm looking elsewhere for my SP4 replacement.

    • jchampeau

      In reply to earlster:

      Are there any tablets or ultrabooks that have user-replaceable batteries?

    • kingv84

      In reply to earlster:

      Let us know what you find that has a user-replaceable battery in a Surface Pro like device.

    • earlster

      In reply to earlster:

      While maybe not accessible from the outside, with a simple clip to open, most Dell, or HP ultrabooks make it reasonably easy to replace the battery by removing the back via screws, and then easy access to the battery. See iFixit for the XPS13 for example, now look at what it takes for a Surface Pro.

      Also Dell's detachables are serviceable without being glued together. Surface is uniquely difficult to open up.

      I stand by my opinion, that MS could do a lot better here, because I love my old SP 4, but the battery is a deal breaker for me.

  11. rmlounsbury

    Removeable hard drives + extra battery are a big plus here.

    I'm hoping the Surface Pro 8 is a design refresh that brings a more Surface Pro X style display to the regular Pro line. I absolutely love the screen on the Pro X and it would be great to have on the Intel based devices.

  12. madthinus

    Curious why not consumers?

  13. Hifihedgehog

    Fantastic upgrades: 50.4 watt-hour battery and the removable SSD drawer! Thank you for both keeping the microSD card slot and adding this removable SSD option. The exclusion of the microSD card slot in the Surface Pro X was a mark against it, so I am glad to see it not being removed here. Now, just bring us a Surface Pro 8 with eight-core Zen 3 mobile processors and Thunderbolt and it will be the perfect tablet PC.

  14. RobertJasiek

    Probably, the commercial versions can be bought by individual customers from MS or retailers.

    Up-to-date CPUs are appropriate and the 11th generation should slightly increase the battery duration but my complaints remain the same: mirroring display, unreplaceable battery etc. Probably also excessive storage / LTE price upgrades.

  15. brothernod

    I really wish Microsoft would release a Surface Pro with a card reader so I could hope to get one at work some day.

  16. solomonrex

    I remember posters insisting that MS was just 'showing OEMs the way' to quality PCs or something with Surface and now they're openly competing for commercial customers, the OEMs' bread and butter. I'm all for it, but everyone should have seen this coming. I believe Intel is working their way up, as well, with NUC, which is also a laptop now.

    Taken all together MS had a huge year for their hardware, affordable laptops, new versions of their entry level tablet and Surface Duo. Hopefully they will get real x86 compability (x64) on their ARM tablet next and finally make some progress on the new world of app stores and ARM devices.

  17. harmjr

    Finally Removable Hard Drives!!!!!!!!!!!!

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