Microsoft Unveils Next-Gen Surface Pro, Further Blurring Line Between Tablet and Laptop

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Microsoft today unveiled the next generation of Surface Pro. The device, a hybrid between tablet and laptop, is available for preorder later today.

“Surface Pro continues the iconic look and feel of previous Surface Pros, but has been completely redesigned from the inside out,” explains Panos Panay. Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Devices. “We’ve optimized every millimeter, with over 800 new custom parts and used 99% of the space inside the device—to give people exactly what they need to work and create anytime, anywhere.”

Microsoft promises 13 hours of battery life, a 50% improvement over the last generation. It’s also lighter (1.7 pounds) and paper-thin (8.5 millimeters).

The new Surface Pro features a 12.3-inch PixelSense Display with 267 pixels per inch and a 3:2 aspect ratio, which isn’t particular high-res in the age of Retina screens, but Microsoft says colors are “more vibrant, precise, and impactful than ever before.”

The base model has 128GB of flash storage, an Intel Core m3 processor, and 4GB of RAM. The upper end model features 1TB of storage, an Intel Core i7 processor, and 16GB of RAM.

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