|Source: Microsoft. The Surface Pro (top left) together with accessories.|
Unveiled in May, the new Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance with improved battery life. Everything has been streamlined and refined — from softer, rounded edges to cameras built to fade into the bezel. At 8.5mm thin and weighing from 767 g*. the new Surface Pro packs the power of a 7th generation Intel Core processor into a new fanless**, whisper-quiet design. The Surface Pro delivers the most performance and battery life in a laptop that is thin, light and quiet: up to 13.5 hours***.
“With every release of the Surface Pro, we continue to push boundaries to better serve the needs of our customers who are seeking greater mobility and power in their devices in order to stay productive. The new Surface Pro delivers the versatility of a laptop and a creative studio in one thin, lightweight device,” said Veronica Chiu, Windows and Devices Group Lead, Microsoft Singapore.
The Surface Pro is not only a powerhouse laptop, but also a mobile creative studio with a high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense touch display that supports the new Surface Pen****, the fastest pen to date that is twice as accurate as the previous version. Inking in applications across Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365****, including the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, will unlock ways for people to be more creative, collaborative and productive, Microsoft said.
The new Surface Pro Signature Type Cover delivers a high-quality scissor mechanism and 1.3 mm of key travel for faster and more accurate typing. A full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities allows for ultimate precision, and the entire keyboard is wrapped in soft yet durable Alcantara material, creating a comfortable palm rest. The Signature Type Cover will be available in Platinum, Black, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue.
For commercial customers, the new Surface Pro will be available through more than 30 commercial resellers, as well as the Surface as a Service programme*****. The latter is a new programme that helps customers benefit from a flexible and efficient scheme which centralises billing and servicing. Organisations that sign on with Surface as a Service will also benefit from technological advancements through periodic leased equipment refresh, as well as end of lease term flexibility, where they can choose to return the device, keep the device, or extend the agreement.
Starting from S$1,188, the new Surface Pro will officially launch in market on 15 August 2017. The suffested retail price for the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover is S$249, while the standard Surface Pro Type Cover is S$199. The Surface Pen is S$148, while the Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse is S$118.
Consumers can preorder from the Microsoft Store, as well as authorised retailers including Best Denki, Challenger, Courts, Harvey Norman, and Newstead
Preorder for commercial customers is also available via authorised device resellers including AsiaPac Distribution, Insight Technology Solutions, JK Technology, SoftwareOne and UIC Asian Computer Services
*Core m3 version
**Core m3 and Core i5 versions
***Up to 13.5 hours for video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in April 2017 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8 GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors.
*****Surface as a Service only available with select resellers and partners