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Microsoft's Surface Pro 7 gets subtle refinements and new hardware

By Vijay Anand - on 5 Oct 2019, 9:59am

Surface Pro 7 gets subtle refinements and new hardware

The new Surface Pro 7.

Increasingly, Microsoft's main 2-in-1 device is reaching a level of refinement that gives it less to shout about in each iteration. Case in point was the Surface Pro 6 and now the Surface Pro 7. Perhaps the most exciting update of the new Surface Pro 7 is that it boasts Intel's new 10th Gen Ice Lake processors for a notable jump in performance, efficiency and even graphics crunching prowess - enough to play some online some MOBA games comfortably - as the higher tier variants come with Intel Iris Plus graphics. And thanks to the new hardware platform, networking capabilities have been updated to support Wi-Fi 6.

The three main CPU options that are made available for the Surface Pro 7 is as follows:-

  • Intel Core i3-1005G1 (Intel UHD graphics)
  • Intel Core i5-1035G4 (Intel Iris Plus graphics)
  • Intel Core i7-1065G7 (Intel Iris Plus graphics)

The main frame and chassis of the Surface Pro 7 remain the same as previous iterations featuring the now-iconic magnesium alloy body, kickstand with full-friction freeform positioning hinge up to 165-degrees, and the famous optional magnetic Surface Type Cover keyboard. While the chassis is still offered in Platinum or Matte Black finish, the Type Cover colour options have expanded with two new colours - the red attachments seen here is their new hero colour scheme.

Apart from the above, the Surface Pro 7 finally gets a USB Type-C port! Additionally, you still get a USB 3.0 Type-A, Mini-DisplayPort, Surface Connect and the usual microSDXC card reader. The display is still the same 12.3-inch PixelSense Touchscreen with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels at a screen density of 267ppi.

New to all the Surface devices introduced in the 2019 Surface launch is incorporating dual far-field studio mics to enable great dictation capabilities.

No local pricing and availability details have been made known at the time of publishing, but in the US, it's available for pre-order and will be available in retail from 22nd October 2019 with these configurations and price points:-

  • Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD - US$749
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD - US$899
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD - US$1,199
  • Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - US$1,399
  • Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD - US$1,499
  • Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GBGB SSD - US$1,899
  • Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD - US$2,299

All of these configurations are available in the Platinum chassis colour, but only three of them come in black.

We'll be sure to update this space when we get local availability details.

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