On Tuesday, Microsoft announced a line of upcoming surface products, among them the highly anticipated Surface Pro 6. The latest update to the company’s tablet/laptop hybrid will come with Intel’s 8th Generation processors, 16GB of RAM and a new matte black color option. As with the previous models, you can change the keyboard for a different color.
Microsoft claims to have improved the cooling in the new Surface Pro 6. It now supports quad-core processors and will hence be 67 percent faster than the last model, the company claims. The price for the Surface Pro 6 will start at $899 for the Intel Core i5 variant. It is available for pre-order and will start shipping on October 16th.
Here’s the announcement video from Microsoft:
Microsoft’s Surface Pro 6 vs Apple’s iPad Pro:
So how exactly does the new Surface Pro 6 compare to it’s prime competitor, Apple’s iPad Pro. Let’s look at the most important factors:
- The Price: The Surface Pro 6 (at 12.5 inches) starts at $899, a hundred dollars more than the 12.9 inch variant of the iPad Pro and the last Surface model, and $250 more than the 10.5 inch variant of the iPad Pro.
- Dimensions: The Surface Pro 6’s dimensions is 292 x 201 x 8.5 compared to the iPad Pro’s 250.6 x 174.1 x 6.1 (for the 10.5-inch variant) and 305.7 x 220.6 x 6.9 (for the 12.5 inch variant).
- Weight: The weight for the Surface Pro 6 starts at 775g compared to the iPad Pro’s 469g and 677g for the two variants.
- Processor: The Surface Pro 6 features Intel’s 8th Generation Core i5 or i7 professor, while the iPad Pro features the A10X Fusion professor.
- Operating System: The Surface Pro 6 comes with Windows 10 pre-installed whereas the iPad Pro comes with iOS 12.
- Storage: With the Surface Pro 6, buyers have the option to choose between the 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB of internal storage, compared to the iPad Pro’s 64GB, 256GB and 512GB options.
- Ports: The Surface Pro 6 comes with a Surface Connector, a Mini DisplayPort, a USB-A port, a headphone jack and a microSD slot, while the iPad Pro features a lightning port, a smart connector and a headphone jack.
- Battery life: The Battery Life for the Surface Pro 6 will be 13.5 hours, like with the previous Surface model, compared to the iPad Pro’s 10 hours.
Other Surface Products:
Microsoft also announced a number of other Surface Products during the event on Tuesday, among them the Surface Headphones, Surface Studio 2, Surface Laptop 2 and Surface All Access.
The Surface Headphones are a pair of over-the-ear Bluetooth headphones with noise cancellation and built-in Cortana. It will cost $349.
The Surface Studio 2 is an upgrade to the Surface Studio that was released in December, 2016. A competitor to Apple’s iMac, the Surface Studio 2 comes with a 28 inch high end display and internal hardware. It starts at $3,499.
The Surface Laptop 2 is an upgrade to last year’s Surface Laptop. It features the distinctive Alcantara fabric keyboard cover, a 13.5-inch display, an 8th Gen quad core processor, and 14.5 hours of battery life. It starts at $999.
And finally the Surface All Access program will allow Surface customers to bundle their Surface product with Office 365 and other accessories for $24.99 a month for up to 2 years.
All newly announced Surface products all up for pre-order and will start shipping on October 16th. Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer, had this to say about the newly announced Surface products, including the Surface Pro 6:
“We understand the way people work and live is changing, with different areas of our lives are blending together, and the need to spend our valuable time on the things that really matter is increasing. To do this, the technology needs to fade to the background so you can get into your most creative state, your flow.”