Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair1
Microsoft Launches Surface Pro Tablet But Insists It’s a Laptop
Microsoft has unveiled the new Surface Pro
5 Tablet, the next generation of the iconic product line and the most versatile laptop on the planet. The new Surface Pro 5 Tablet delivers the most performance and battery life in a laptop that is this thin, light and quiet. Surface took the category it created and pushed it a step further by bringing up to 13.5 hours of battery life, making it more than 2.5 times faster than Surface Pro 3, and providing unmatched versatility and mobility in a new, lighter, more refined design.
5 Tablet is not only a powerhouse laptop, but also a mobile creative studio with a vibrant 12.3” PixelSense™ touch display that supports the new Surface Pen,2 the fastest pen ever, and Surface Dial2 both on- and off-screen. Twice as accurate as the previous version and enhanced by our PixelSense Accelerator custom silicon, the new Surface Pen and new Surface Pro 5 Tablet together set the industry standard for faster, more fluid writing and drawing, and now Surface Pen supports tilt3 for more natural shading. Inking in applications across Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 365,2 including the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, will unlock ways for people to use digital ink to be more creative, collaborative and productive.
The most versatile
The new Surface Pro
5 Tablet has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance and 50 percent more battery life than the Surface Pro 4. Everything has been streamlined and refined — from softer, rounded edges to cameras built to fade into the bezel. At just 8.5mm thin and starting at 1.69 pounds4 the new Surface Pro 5 Tablet is lighter than the bag it will be carried in, and packs the power of a 7th generation Intel® Core™ processor into a new fanless,5 whisper-quiet design.
The new Surface Pro
5 Tablet 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 and beautiful aesthetic.
The new Surface Pro
5 Tablet will also be available with LTE Advanced later this year to provide even greater mobility to let people work, collaborate and create from anywhere.
A mobile creative studio
The Surface Pro
5 Tablet takes the immersive experience of creating on Surface Studio and brings it to life in a highly portable form factor. With a new hinge that adjusts to 165 degrees, people can now put Surface Pro 5 Tablet into Studio Mode, creating the optimal position to write or sketch.
The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display is engineered to work with the new Surface Pen, the fastest digital pen ever, to deliver an amazing inking experience. When used with the new Surface Pro, the new Surface Pen is twice as responsive as the previous version with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity for increased accuracy and responsiveness.
New tilt functionality detects the angle of the Surface Pen to enable more natural shading. The Surface Dial also works on-screen with the new Surface Pro, unlocking a set of unique experiences pioneered by Surface Studio. Placing Dial on the screen brings up app-specific digital tools, allowing people to quickly access shortcuts and move seamlessly through their workflow.
Starting at $799 USD, the new Surface Pro
5 Tablet allows people to customize their experiences with an array of colorful options for the new Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, the new Surface Pen and the Microsoft Surface Arc Mouse.2 Each comes in rich tone-on-tone colours to match your personal style: Platinum, Burgundy and Cobalt Blue.
Inking comes to life in Microsoft Office 365 and the new Microsoft Whiteboard
With the new Surface Pro
5 Tablet and Surface Pen, digital inking comes to life for artists and inspires creativity worldwide. But people use pens not just to sketch or paint, but also to be productive — write and share comments in documents, notes in notebooks, and sketches on whiteboards. We are making the creative power of the new Surface Pen available in the world’s most powerful productivity suite: Microsoft Office.
New inking features in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint include a customizable gallery of your favourite pens, pencils and highlighters that roam with you as a personalised setting across Office apps and devices, along with support for tilt and shading with the new Surface Pen. These capabilities will begin to release to Office 365 subscribers in June, including the more than 100 million monthly active commercial users and 26 million consumer subscribers.
Additional inking experiences will continue to roll out in the future, including the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, which offers a limitless canvas for creativity and collaboration with simultaneous inking between multiple people across the world. With Microsoft Whiteboard, people will be able to collaborate on ideas and projects across an expanded set of ink-enabled Windows 10 devices later this year, with exclusive capabilities for Office 365 subscribers.
Surface Studio comes to new markets
Surface Studio, first introduced in October 2016, is a new class of device built to transform from a workstation into a powerful digital canvas, unlocking a more natural and immersive way to create on the thinnest LCD monitor ever built.6 Surface Studio will launch in Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Surface Studio will be available for preorder starting today at microsoft.com and select third-party retailers, and will begin shipping in these markets on June 15, 2017.
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more.
1 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.
2 Sold separately
3 Surface Pen tilt functionality is currently available with the new Surface Pro.
4 Core m3 version
5 Core m3 and Core i5 versions
6 Average cross-section thickness across entire display