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Surface Pro will get a USB Type-C dongle to connect to your dongles

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / The new Surface Pro looks very similar to the Pro 4 and Pro 3. (credit: Microsoft)

The new Kaby Lake-equipped Surface Pro is an incremental update on the Surface Pro 4. It has Intel’s latest processor and a healthy improvement to battery life, but it doesn’t include USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity.

But Type-C connectivity may be coming later in the year. Panos Panay, vice president of Surface, told the Verge that the company was working on a dongle for the Surface Pro and the Surface Laptop to add Type-C connectivity. The dongle will connect to the Surface Connect port—the magnetic port used to connect to the charger and to the Surface Dock—and will support both charging from Type-C chargers and connecting to Type-C peripherals.

The Surface Connect port also supports display output—Microsoft’s own Surface Dock includes display connectivity, as well as Ethernet, USB, and power—so in principle this dongle could also support USB Type-C’s Alternate Modes, allowing the use of Type-C cables to connect to Type-C monitors.

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Microsoft Debuts New Surface Pro Tablet, With Kaby Lake Processor, New Type Covers and 13.5 Hour Battery Life

By James A.

During today’s Microsoft event from Shanghai, the Redmond giant unveiled its latest Surface Pro tablet, as expected. It’s in fact an upgraded Surface Pro 4 and it simply goes by the name of “Surface Pro”. This machine stands out through an impressive battery, expected to offer up to 13.5 hours of functioning time on a charge.

Inside there’s the latest gen Intel Kaby Lake CPU series, with options going from Core m and Core i5 (fanless) to Intel Core i7 with fan included. The famous Microsoft kickstand is kept, but in a new version and you can also get the Surface Pen stylus for $99. That accessory provides 4096 levels of pressure and a 21 ms latency. Upfront we find the same 12.3 inch PixelSense screen, but with a changed resolution of 2256 x 1504 pixels.

A novelty here is the support for 4G LTE and we also get USB 3.0 connectivity, WiFi and a microSIM and eSIM slot. Omnisonic speakers also make the cut with Dolby Audio Premium acoustics. The tablet will be sold with 4, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512 GB of flash storage. Microsoft Surface Pro provides 13.5 hours of video playback on the Core i5 model, which is quite the bump from the 9 hours promised for the Surface Pro 4.

 

New Alcantara Type Covers will be available, in cobalt blue, burgundy and platinum. The hing sits lower for drawing (165 degree range of motion) and the version with the fan will be reasonably quiet, at just 18 dB. The Surface Pro is up for preorder right not starting at $799. It ships on June 15th.

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Surface Pro updated at last: Kaby Lake gives longer battery life, but still no modern ports

By Peter Bright

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Microsoft has announced the long-awaited refresh to its Surface Pro line of 2-in-1 tablets. The successor to the Surface Pro 4 is simply the Surface Pro—no numeric appellation to denote the hardware iteration—and it brings with it a Kaby Lake processor to replace the Skylake chip in the Pro 4. But that’s about all it does: those hoping for forward-looking features such as USB Type-C ports or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity will have to continue to look elsewhere.

With its new Kaby Lake chip, Microsoft is claiming up to 13.5 hours of battery life, a healthy boost to the estimated nine hours of the Pro 4. As before, there will be three processor options: at the low end, the ultra-low power Core m3-7Y30, with a base speed of 1GHz and a top speed of 2.6GHz. In the middle, the new Pro will use the medium power i5-7300U, with a 2.6GHz base and a 3.5GHz turbo.

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New Surface Pro Gets Rendered, It’s in Fact an Upgraded Surface Pro 4

By Radu Iorga

In a couple of days we’ll see another Microsoft event, following the BUILD one from last week. This time Microsoft is said to be unveiling Surface hardware, but not the Surface Pro 5 you’re hoping for, denied by Panos Panay recently. It’ll be an upgraded Surface Pro 4. that has been rendered below.

The renders come from reputed sources Evan Blass and show little to no change compared to the tablet from 2015. Microsoft has an event scheduled on May 23rd in Shanghai, where they are expected to show new stuff. Sources claim that the new device will simply be called Surface Pro and it should keep the magnesium case and looks of the Pro 4.

The size may also be similar and the only real novelty is the hardware inside and maybe some accessories. The 2 in 1 model will offer Kaby Lake generation processor choices, more RAM and storage, new connectivity options and most likely a new stylus and keyboard. Prices should go past $900 and $1000 and the slate is rumored to come in 4 color choices, with accessories to match.

Even though there are big odds we will get the same 12.3 inch PixelSense display with a 2736 x 1824 pixel, an upgrade would also be welcome there. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

 

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New Surface Pro: No USB-C port, minor design refresh revealed in leaked images

By Sebastian Anthony

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Images of the next Surface Pro leaked out yesterday—and it seems Surface chief Panos Panay wasn’t lying when he said “there’s no such thing as the Surface Pro 5“: Microsoft’s next lappable tablet will simply be called Surface Pro without a descriptive numeral.

The Surface Pro images leaked by @evleaks show a device that is slimmer and has slightly more rounded edges than the Surface Pro 4, but otherwise it seems mostly unchanged. Just like the new Surface Laptop, there’s still no USB-C connector. The leaked images suggest there will be some new keyboard and pen colours, though.

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