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Meet the new Microsoft Surface Pro 6, featuring 8th generation Intel processors and available in black

By Kenny Yeo - on 3 Oct 2018, 10:05am

Meet the new Microsoft Surface Pro 6, featuring 8th generation Intel processors and available in black

The Surface Pro 6 comes in platinum and black. (Image source: Microsoft)

Microsoft’s popular detachable notebook has just been given a refresh to keep it competitive. The newest Surface Pro 6 gets new processors and a brand new paint job. Let’s quickly run through what’s new.

The biggest changes are on the inside. As expected, the new Surface Pro 6 will be powered by Intel’s newest 8th-generation quad-core processors. The Surface Pro 6 can also be configured with up to 16GB of RAM and up to 1TB of SSD storage. Microsoft says that thanks to these new processors, the Surface Pro 6 is up to 67% faster than its predecessors.

The display has been improved. Size and resolution are unchanged at 12.3 inches and it still gets a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels. However, its contrast ratio is the best Microsoft has ever achieved, giving it richer and crisper colors.

And of course, the display will support the Surface Pen. Sensitivity is unchanged at 4,096 levels. Oh, the Surface Pen will continue to be sold separately.

Speaking of accessories, the Surface Pro 6 will be compatible with older Type Covers. Like the Surface Pen, the Type Covers are sold separately.

(Image source: Microsoft)

The Surface Pro 6 will support Windows Hello via its 5MP front-facing camera. The rear camera is 8MP.

As for connectivity, Microsoft is sticking with a single Mini-DisplayPort and a full-size USB-A USB 3.0 port. No Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C, sadly. Users can also connect to other peripherals via the Surface Connect port.

Impressively, despite the more powerful processors, Microsoft claims that battery life has not been compromised and the Surface Pro 6 will deliver up to 13.5 hours of battery life.

Finally, the Surface Pro 6 will be available in a new colorway - matte black. It isn’t the first time the Surface Pro came in black but the last time it did was in the Surface Pro 2 from 2013. If black isn’t your thing, fret not, the Surface Pro 6 will also come in platinum.

Prices of the Surface Pro 6 will start at US$899 and that gets you a platinum model with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. If you go nuts with the configurator, the highest spec model comes with a Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage, and that goes for US$2,299.

Local prices and availability have yet to be determined.

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