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New Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet Has Hibernation Bug, Microsoft Working on It

By Radu Iorga

Microsoft’s latest Surface Pro tablet started selling last month, as the follow-up to the Surface Pro 4 and now there seems to be some problem in paradise. Some of the owners of the new device claim that they’ve been dealing with a bug that makes the device randomly enter hibernation mode.

Some of them even shut down spontaneously, even when plugged in or with enough battery to use. Microsoft has identified the problem, though and it’s working on solving it. A fix will come with a future update, although we’re not sure when it’ll drop. We can’t help but ask you, the lovely commenters if you bought the device and if you’ve been dealing with such problems.

The new Surface Pro starts at $799, in the Core m3 version with 128 GB of SSD storage and 4 GB of RAM. It goes all the way up to $2699 and that one comes with an Intel Core i7, 1 TB of SSD storage and 16 GB of RAM. Back to the bug, the Microsoft Surface tablets have faced this kind of issue before, as they got updated with software that caused them to act randomly. And it’s also not a singular case, since Nvidia Shield tablets also faced similar issues, getting even bricked after updates.

I for one try to stay informed and read what everyone is saying about an update, before applying it. Even iOS updates had problems, so beware!

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Microsoft Official Claims iPad Pro Kind of Copies Surface Pro

By Radu Iorga

During a recent interview one Microsoft official claimed that Apple was following Microsoft’s lead with the iPad Pro. Surface General Manager Ryan Gavin said that Apple followed the example of the Surface Pro, by launching the iPad Pro.

Another interesting statement is that if Microsoft had followed Apple, they would have never made a Surface Pro, which is pretty true. The Surface Pro is actually credited by many experts as the device that started to increase the popularity and spread of the 2 in 1 tablets. The latest Surface Pro is promoted as a “tablet that can replace your laptop”, while the Surface Laptop sounds kind of strange in the same lineup. Still, they propose different experiences and flavours of Windows 10.

One would argue that Microsoft copied the MacBook with their laptops, but mum’s the word on that. After all, Steve Jobs said that “great artists steal”, so Apple probably had no problem with drawing some inspiration from its rivals. For now Apple didn’t comment on Microsoft’s statements and I doubt they will. Gone are the days of statement duels and under Tim Cook the Cupertino firm is a bit more mature now.

The problem with the iPad Pro is that once you start buying all its required accessories, it costs as much as a good laptop, but it doesn’t have the same flexibility and familiarity. Just look at the way the Apple Pencil is charged…

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2017 Surface Pro least repairable ever; Surface Laptop is made of glue

By Peter Bright

Enlarge / The only way into the Surface Laptop is through the fabric. There’s no going back. (credit: iFixit)

While it’s not a big surprise given the size and general trends when building these things, Microsoft’s new Surface Laptop does not appear to be even remotely repairable, and the new Surface Pro isn’t much better, according to iFixit.

iFixit’s pictures, as ever, give a great look at the insides of the two machines. The Laptop has no external screws at all; to get into the system, iFixit had to peel off the glued-down fabric keyboard surround, an operation that obviously can’t be undone, producing a machine that offers essentially no serviceability whatsoever. With the keyboard surround removed, the system reveals its internals, with components taped, soldered, or otherwise permanently affixed in place. Given how destructive one has to be to open the machine in the first place, perhaps that’s not a big deal.

The Surface Pro teardown shows that while the work Microsoft has done to the Surface Pro on the outside is very incremental (it’s a honed version of the Surface Pro 4), the interior work has been more substantial. The batteries are bigger (45Wh, compared to 38.2Wh in the Pro 4), and a giant spidery heatsink distributes the processor’s heat across the back of the entire machine. This beefed-up passive cooling is how Microsoft has managed to make the Core i5 version of the Pro fanless; the Pro 4 had a fanless version, too, but that required the use of a low-power Y-series processor.

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Surface Laptop and New Surface Pro Now Available Worldwide

By Radu Iorga

The past 24 hours brought us the global availability of the Surface Laptop and Surface Pro tablet, now available in 25 markets all over the globe. Also, at the same time, the Surface Studio expanded availability, with more markets now. Let’s recap what these devices are and what makes them special.

The Surface Laptop starts at $999 and it’s a Microsoft notebook with a clamshell design. It’s lighter and also slightly better looking than the Surface Book. It’s got that Alcantara fabric going for it and a magnesium body with 4 hues available. This device is meant for students and it comes with Windows 10 S as standard, an educational version of the classic Win 10.

The starting config offers 4 or 8 GB of RAM, an Intel Core i5 CPU of the 7th gen kind and 128 or 256 GB of SSD storage. There’s also a 13.5 inch screen in the mix, with a 2256 x 1504 pixel resolution. It all weighs 2.76 pounds. The device has become available this week in Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, HK, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK.

The new Surface Pro tablet is the follow-up to the Surface Pro 4 and it’s a potent tablet with 13.5 hours of battery life. It runs on Windows 10 Pro and plays nice with a brand new stylus that has incredibly low latency, in the range of milliseconds, with tilt support also included. The device also has a LTE version, that will come later in the year.

This device starts up at around $800 or so, with 128 GB of storage, a Core m3 CPU and 4 GB of RAM. A 12 inch screen is here, plus WiFi and Bluetooth, as well as Iris Plus Graphics. Surface Studio has expanded to new markets, like Austria, China, Denmark, Finland, France, UK and more.

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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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