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Microsoft Surface Pro X 2020: New processor upgrade revealed

Microsoft has launched the Surface Pro X 2020, featuring a new processor, improved battery life and an extra colour option. 

Interestingly, Microsoft isn’t calling this device the ‘Surface Pro X 2’, and is therefore technically a new configuration option to the existing device rather than a sequel.

As such, the revolutionary skinny tablet retains the same design as the original device. The Surface Slim Pen and Signature Keyboard are still sold separately too. 

Microsoft has at least claimed that it is working on fixes on Windows optimisation on Arm architecture by “increasing the number of key app partners that are embracing Windows on ARM”. The poor compatibility with Windows apps was one of our biggest issues with the original Surface Pro X, so it’s great to hear Microsoft is trying to amend this. 

For more information on the new Surface Pro X, keep scrolling down and check back on Trusted Reviews in the coming weeks for our review. 

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The Surface Pro X 2020 will be available to buy from 13 October from the online Microsoft Store and select third-party retailers. 

Pre-orders are already live, so you can make sure to grab yourself a unit before stock runs out. The Surface Laptop Go is confirmed to launch on the same day, with pre-orders also currently live. 

The Surface Pro X 2020 is confirmed to cost £1549

The 2019 model will still be available to buy too, but is expected to get a price drop since its has a slower processor. 

There’s no confirmation on UK pricing just yet, but we’ve reached out to Microsoft and will update this article as soon as we can.

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The main change for the Surface Pro X is the new Microsoft SQ 2 processor. Microsoft claims this new Arm-based chip offers more performance power than its predecessor. The integrated graphics is also getting an upgrade. 

Microsoft is also promising software improvements that will improve battery life and make it easier for apps to offer compatibility to the Arm architecture. These improvements will benefit the entire Surface Pro X range, and so therefore won’t be exclusive to the 

Surface Pro X 2020 Surface Pro X 2019
Display  13-inch, 2880 x 1920 touchscreen 13-inch, 2880 x 1920 touchscreen
Processor Microsoft SQ 2  Microsoft SQ 1
RAM 8GB / 16GB  8GB / 16GB
Graphics Microsoft SQ 2 Adreno 690  Microsoft SQ 1 Adreno 685 
Storage 128GB / 256GB / 512GB 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Dimensions 287 x 208 x 7.3 mm 287 x 208 x 7.3 mm
Weight 774g 774g 

As you can see from the above specs table, there aren’t any other alterations. You’re getting identical RAM and storage options here, while the screen also retains the same dimensions and resolution. 

In terms of connectivity, the Surface Pro X supports both WiFi 5 and LTE connectivity via a  nanoSIM / eSIM. 

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Surface Pro X 2020

The Surface Pro X 2020 has an identical form factor to the original device, with the exact same dimensions and weight. For those unfamiliar with the Surface Pro X, it measures in at a super-slender 7.3mm and weighs just 774g without the keyboard. 

Like the Surface Pro 7, the Surface Pro X is essentially a computing-focused tablet with a built-in kickstand. A Type Cover can be purchased separately, which magnetically clips onto the underside of the device. 

Microsoft is at least introducing a new colour options, adding Platinum as an alternative to Matte Black. There will also be three new keyboard colour options, including  Ice Blue, Poppy Red, and Platinum.

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