Among the Surface products going mainstream in 2019 itself, the Surface Pro X was the device that brought a whole lot of new stuff. From an improved form factor to reimagined internals, Microsoft has left no stone unturned. In terms of design alone, the Pro X gives us a peek at what the 2020 Surface Pro 8 could look like. It’s that futuristic yet sensible!
Here are all the details about the Surface Pro X like its specifications, pricing and availability details, and some alternatives that you might want to know.
- ARM-based Microsoft SQ1 processor
- 13-inch PixelSense display
- Up to 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD
- Windows 10 Home
- Gigabit-class LTE
- 13-hour battery life
- 7.3mm thickness, 774g weight
- Rechargeable Surface Slim Pen
Microsoft Surface Pro X: The Basics
The Surface Pro X features a redesigned shell that is now much thinner and is made using aluminum. Microsoft went fanless with this machine which has majorly contributed to its thinness. It could fit a slightly larger 13-inch display inside the Surface Pro 7’s body, thanks to the reduced bezels. The industry-leading kickstand has been brought to this new variant as well, while it will support its own version of Surface Pen and Type Cover.
Qualcomm and Microsoft partnered to develop an ARM processor for this 2-in-1 laptop called Microsoft SQ1. This chip aims to bring the best of mobile and desktop worlds together. It has an integrated GPU and an LTE modem, plus, it also claims to improve the battery life. You can configure the tablet with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD. Interestingly, the SSD slot is user-accessible allowing for easy upgradations. Microsoft’s full desktop-class Windows 10 Home operating system comes pre-installed on the tablet making sure a superior experience than a mobile OS.
Like other Surface-branded products, the Pro X uses Windows Hello for biometric authentications. It packs in a pair of stereo speakers with Dolby Audio, that are louder than the Pro 7, along with dual far-field mics. This model supports Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, and gigabit LTE using its Qualcomm modem. Due to its thickness, the company dropped the USB Type-A port in favor of two Type-C ports, none of which are Thunderbolt 3-enabled, and there is no 3.5mm headphone jack either.
Redesigned Surface Pen And Keyboard
The new Surface Pen is now called Surface Slim Pen to mark a shift in design for the Microsoft stylus. It now has two flat sides instead of a barrel shape which will also affect how users grip it while doodling or writing. The Slim Pen doesn’t stick to the Surface Pro device anymore and uses the Surface Pro X keyboard as its host instead.
A slot for the Surface Slim Pen has been included on the keyboard accessory which is placed right above the main deck. More importantly, the Pen also charges wirelessly while resting in that slot. This does away with the need to procure those uncommon AAAA batteries for the stylus alone. With this new docking system, the Pen remains safer between the screen and keyboard when you’re moving around without the fear of it falling away if it were to stick to the Pro X’s side.
|Tablet||Microsoft Surface Pro X|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home|
|Display||13-inch 3:2 PixelSense (2880 x 1920)|
|Processor||3GHz Microsoft SQ1|
|Graphics||Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685|
|Expandable||No card slot|
|Main camera||10 Megapixels|
|Front camera||5 Megapixels|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE|
|Ports||2x USB Type-C, Surface Connect port|
|Battery||Up to 13 hours|
|Security||Windows Hello face recognition|
|Dimensions||287 x 208 x 7.3 mm|
Availability & Pricing
You can pre-order the all-new Microsoft Surface Pro X right away from the brand’s website in the US and a handful of other countries. The device will ship starting November 5 with free shipping. The base model of this slate with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs $999. If you bump the memory to 256GB with the same amount of RAM, you’ll need to shell out $1299.
For the model with 16GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, the price is set at $1499 while the highest-end variant with 512GB of storage costs $1799. These prices obviously don’t include the Surface Slim Pen and the Surface Pro X keyboard, which cost $144.99 and $139.99, respectively. Microsoft is offering a bundle of these two accessories for a discounted price of $269.99.
Microsoft Surface Pro X Alternatives
In the Windows space itself, you can go for the Surface Pro 7 that was announced alongside the Pro X. Alternatively, you can choose to go for last year’s Surface Pro 6 (review) which should now be available at a discounted price. Microsoft’s own small-sized Surface Go (review) could be a great travel notebook and it also has an LTE variant.
Since the Surface Pro X uses an ARM-based processor, you can look for similar offerings in the iOS and Android spaces as well. The Apple iPad Pro 2018 (review) could be a fantastic machine for on-the-go productivity, particularly with the A12X processor and iPadOS. You can also look at the recently launched Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 (review) which is possibly the best tablet Android has to offer. Both have LTE models available.
- Fantastic design
- Pretty 13-inch screen
- Great performance for office work
- Excellent keyboard & stylus
- Removable SSD
- Build-in LTE 4G
- Poor performance of some x86 apps
- x64 programs can’t be installed
- Short battery life for an ARM tablet
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