Microsoft recently announced the Surface Pro 6 hybrid at an event in New York City – and the new 2-in-1 is now up for sale in the UK, US and a number of other countries.
As planned, the Surface Pro 6 has now been released in its first 10 countries around the world. The UK, US, China, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Austria are the first territories to be able to buy the new convertible, which starts at £879 here in Blighty and costs $899 and up in the US.
For that, you get an Intel Core i5 processor configured with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of on-board storage. There’s the choice of black and platinum colour options, too, and of course plenty of ways to turbocharge the device’s internals (and send the price sky high in the process). In fact, the snazzy ‘matte black’ finish starts at a far heftier £1149, as it seemingly needs to be configured with at least 256GB of storage.
You can buy yours from the official Microsoft store here.
The Surface Laptop 2 has also now gone on sale in the same countries. Read on for everything you need to know about the Surface Pro 6.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – Performance
The new touchscreen laptop/tablet is a staggering 67% faster than the 2017 model, thanks largely to the presence of the latest 8th-generation Intel CPUs. While Microsoft hasn’t specifically named the processors the Surface Pro 6 is using, it’s likely that they’re the higher-end Whiskey Lake CPUs – which means we could see the i5-8265U or i7-8565U options available.
These latest CPUs from Intel promise a number of key features including gigabit Wi-Fi speeds and better power management as well as a general improvement in performance.
Whatever processors sit under the hood, Microsoft says this is the first time a quad-core CPU has been deployed in a tablet-like device, which it achieved by optimising the thermal system. Those powerful processors will be supported by up to 16GB of RAM and a SSD that maxes out of 1TB. The device retains its 1.7lb weight and promises an impressive 13.5-hours of battery life.
Related: Windows 10 October 2018 Update
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – Design
In a significant, but still largely interactive update, Microsoft has confirmed the device will keep its 12.3-inch display, with a 267ppi pixel density.
However, Microsoft seems most pleased with the new matte black finish, which will also be joined by a new platinum shade. The new Type Cover colours are the usual black, grey, red and blue.
As rumoured, there’s no USB-C port, but the 3.5mm jack has remained on board. Microsoft is also touting an 8-megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera on the Surface Pro 6, a backlit keyboard and support for Windows Hello.
Not all specs have been revealed yet, neither have full details on pricing and availability in the UK. In the US, the Surface Pro 6 will start at $899 (around £695) for the Core i5 version of the device.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – Specifications
Microsoft has yet to release full spec sheets for the Surface Pro 6. Aside from the exact Intel CPUs, we don’t know which type of RAM is being used here, or how big the battery is, but here’s what we know so far:
|Microsoft Surface Pro 6|
|Dimensions||292 x 201 x 8.5 mm|
|Weight||775g (i5) / 792g (i7)|
|Processor||Intel Core 8th Gen i5 / i7|
|Memory||8GB / 16GB RAM|
|Graphics||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB|
|Display||12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 (267 ppi): 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense with 10 point multi-touch|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi ac (IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.1|
|Ports||USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover port, 3.5 mm headphone jack, microSDXC card reader|
|Cameras and mics||5.0-megapixel front camera with 1080p Skype HD video, Windows Hello, 8.0-megapixel rear camera with 1080p full HD video and autofocus, dual microphones, 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium|
Note that the weights listed above don’t take into account the Type Cover keyboard docks which, as usual, is being sold separately. If the Surface Go is any measure of what to expect, this could mean an extra £100 added on to the RRP.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 – Price and release date
As we’ve said, you can now buy the Surface Pro 6 in the UK. It stuck to its planned mid-October release date, and pricing starts at £879.
However, you can only pick up a 128GB + 8GB version (i.e. the cheapest option) in platinum and in a number of cases, and that fetching matte black finish will see you paying a little more than the metallic equivalent.
We’ll have a closer look at all the different pricing options in due course.
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