Microsoft released its 2019 range of Surface products at a recent event in New York City. The Surface Pro 7 was part of this new lineup that brought a whole lot of improvements, particularly on the inside. Intel’s latest 10th-gen Core processors now power this year’s Surface Pro models that bring along some seriously improved graphics performance.
This is everything that you need to know about the Surface Pro 7, including its specifications, pricing, and some alternatives.
- 12.3-inch 3:2 display
- Up to quad-core 10th-gen Intel Core i7 processor
- Up to Intel Iris Plus graphics
- Up to 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD
- Windows 10 Home
- 10.5 hours of battery life
- USB Type-C
- Windows Hello
- Stereo speakers
- Up to 790 grams
Microsoft Surface Pro 7: The Basics
For starters, the Surface Pro 7 hasn’t changed much from its predecessor when its design is taken into consideration. The front still has a 12.3-inch touchscreen that maintains its rather thick bezels by 2019 standards. Windows Hello cameras sit on the top while the bottom edge has a connector for the Microsoft Type Cover keyboard accessory. That iconic kickstand continues being a part of the package and, thankfully, Microsoft didn’t touch it for it’s already a refined aspect.
The real upgrade lies on the inside. Intel’s 10th-gen Core processors, based on the 10nm process node, have been used to power the Surface Pro 7. This new class of Intel Core chips come with Iris Plus graphics, except for the i3 model. You can configure this 2-in-1 device with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of onboard storage. A USB Type-C port has been introduced this time around which is accompanied by a Type-A port, headphone jack, microSDXC card slot, and a Surface Connect port.
It comes preloaded with Windows 10 Home version and has Wi-Fi 6 along with Bluetooth 5.0 for wireless connectivity needs. Surface Pro 7 models with Core i3 and i5 processors weigh 775 grams while the one with Core i7 chip measures 790 grams. The Redmond-based company also maintained the stereo speaker setup along with two far-field microphones. Surface Pro’s rear also has a camera with a resolution of 8 megapixels. It will be available in Platinum and Matte Black color options.
|Tablet||Microsoft Surface Pro 7|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Display||12.3-inch 3:2 PixelSense (2736 x 1824)|
|Processor||10th-gen Intel Core i3 (dual-core)/i5 (quad-core)/i7 (quad-core)|
|Graphics||Intel UHD (i3)/Intel Iris Plus (i5/i7)|
|Main camera||8 Megapixels|
|Front camera||5 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB Type-A, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Surface Connect port|
|Battery||Up to 10.5 hours|
|Security||Windows Hello face recognition|
|Dimensions||292 x 201 x 8.5 mm|
Availability & Pricing
You can already pre-order the Surface Pro 7 from Microsoft’s online store in the US and certain other major markets. It will start shipping from October 22 in these countries, with a wider rollout expected to happen later this year. The base price for this premium machine is set at $749 for the model with Core i3, 4GB RAM, and 128GB storage.
Its priciest model costs $2299 with Core i7 silicon, 16GB RAM, and 1TB storage while the cheapest model to have this high-end processor costs $1499. Models with Intel Core i5 processor start at $899 for 8GB RAM and 128GB memory and go all the way up to $1399 for 16GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Surface Pen and Type Cover will be sold separately for $99.99 and $129.99, respectively. The Signature Pro Type Cover, on the other hand, costs $159.99.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Alternatives
The Surface Pro series itself is a category-defining product line that has inspired other manufacturers to adopt a similar form factor, so it’s a tad harder to find its alternative. With the 7th-gen model now out, last year’s Surface Pro 6 (review) will be up for grabs at a significantly lower price. The HP Elite x2 G4 came out a few months ago and is worth your consideration especially if you have business needs. Alternatively, you can look at the Lenovo Miix 520 (review) that also features a similar design language.
If you’re looking for something more compact to carry around, then Microsoft’s own Surface Go (review) can be your best bet. Similar to the Go, Lenovo released its IdeaPad D330 (review) detachable laptop that has a firm keyboard deck giving a real notebook’s feel. Certain Chinese tablets have started to pop up with a similar form factor running Windows 10 like the recently revealed CHUWI UBook Pro, but they’re usually harder to procure.
- Fast Intel Core processors
- Excellent design with kickstand
- Great keyboard cover
- Long battery life
- Good Surface Pen
- Pretty display
- Big screen bezels
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