In addition to the launch of the Surface Pro X, Microsoft also announced a successor to the Surface Pro 6 introduced last year called the Surface Pro 7.
Design and feel
In terms of design, aside from including a new USB-C port, the Surface Pro 7 looks exactly like its predecessor. A major change of the device is the USB-C port, which allows faster data transfer and is compatible with many devices today. Last year, the device was still 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches (292 x 201 x 8.5mm) and weighed 1.7 pounds. The device still comes in the same color options as black aluminum and matte silver.
Like previous versions of Surface, users can connect the “Type Cover” with Surface Pro 7 to turn it into a laptop, with a tripod support at the back.
The tablet’s screen remains 12.3 inches across diagonal with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 (267ppi) and a 3: 2 aspect ratio for sharp display quality and brightness similar to the previous generation, which is already quite attractive.
Although USB-C is finally available on Surface Pro 7, it’s only USB 3.1, not Thunderbolt 3, so it still limits the use of external eGPU.
Surface Pro 7 also supports Microsoft’s Surface Pen, allowing you to edit documents, sketch directly on the screen, and more. The pen also works with Excel to make editing spreadsheets easier.
Microsoft has improved the microphone on the Surface Pro 7 to make it work better with the Phone app, which means that users can receive calls from the phone and talk to people right on this laptop tablet.
The Surface Pro 7 is powered by an Intel Ice Lake processor, the highest option is the 10nm Intel Core i7-1065G7 and is equipped with up to 16GB of RAM. With this configuration, this is a real laptop, not a normal tablet. Especially with the new generation of CPUs, with the i5 and i7 options there will be a lot more powerful Intel Gen 11 graphics. However, the Core i3 version still uses the old UHD graphics.
Another improvement that Ice Lake brings to the Surface Pro 7 is its own support for Wi-Fi 6. Currently this technology is not popular yet, but if you own the product, you can rest assured that it is ready for technology in the next few years.
In terms of battery life, Microsoft says the device can use 10 hours 30 minutes on a single charge, much lower than the 13 hours 30 minutes announced with the 6th generation. This is still a confusing problem, but 7th generation charging speed is very fast up to 80% in 1 hour.
About the price
Users can order the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 from today with a starting price of $ 749. In addition, to own a separate keyboard and Surface Pen, users need to pay more than that price.
To be fair, the Surface Pro 7 is not an attractive upgrade because it’s essentially the same as the previous generation although the new generation 10nm CPU but the battery life is announced lower. Perhaps Microsoft is focusing more this year on the Surface Pro X.