Sat. Apr 13th, 2024

The Surface Pro is Microsoft’s premium Windows tablet, with an optional keyboard attachment that turns it into a 2-in-1 mobile workstation. The Surface Pro 10 is now available, but there’s a catch: you won’t find it in a regular retail store.

Microsoft revealed the Surface Pro 10 for Business today, alongside the Surface Laptop 6 for Business. Both machines are targeted at corporate customers and large-scale business deployments, instead of traditional retail store distribution. You can still buy them individually from Microsoft’s online store, but not the usual places like Amazon and Best Buy. There might be a non-business model coming later, but Microsoft isn’t talking about that right now.

The new Surface Pro 10 isn’t a drastic departure from the earlier Surface Pro 9. It uses Intel Core 5 135U and Intel Core Ultra 7 165U processors, with 8-64GB RAM and a 256GB-1TB SSD. The 5G version of the Surface Pro 9 had an ARM-based Microsoft SQ 3 chipset, but this time around, Microsoft is using a 5G modem paired with the standard Intel processors. The rumors about an ARM chip in the Surface Laptop 6 also didn’t pan out, so it seems like Microsoft still isn’t confident in Windows 11 on ARM.

The usual Surface tablet features are still here, like a built-in kickstand, detachable keyboard, and stylus support. Microsoft says the display is 33% brighter than the previous model’s screen, with “a higher contrast ratio and have added a custom designed durable anti-reflective coating, all without making any sacrifices to the experience when using it with touch, and pen.” The new “UItrawide Studio Camera” can capture video in 1440p, and supports Windows Studio Effects for higher quality videoconferencing.

Microsoft also made a few updates to the detachable Surface Pro Keyboard. It now uses a bolt keyset with a brighter backlight, so keys are more easily readable, and there’s (unsurprisingly) a Copilot key on the keyboard.

The Surface Pro 10 for Business is now available for pre-order, and it starts at $1,199.99 for an Intel Core Ultra 5 processor, 8GB RAM, and a 256GB SSD. That’s a lot of money for not a lot of RAM, and bumping that to 16GB is an extra $300. If there’s a consumer-focused version coming, the prices definitely need to be more competitive.

Source: Microsoft

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By John P.

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