Microsoft Surface Pro 4 announced, how it compares with iPad Pro
Microsoft reiterates it’s not trying to be a hardware company, but recently announced playful hardware at Windows 10 devices event confirms Microsoft wants to have a share in the hardware profits that Apple munches the most for now. Microsoft pushed its contention in the hardware market with a flagship tablet, the Surface Pro 4. Pro 4, which isn’t very different to the eye from the Surface Pro 3 (most of us are familiar with) but it is thinner at 8.4 mm, weighs somewhat lighter at 1.69 pounds, features a slightly larger 1 2.3-inch display and comes with revamped specifications.
Surface Pro 4 has been made inch-per-inch to compete with surface-like devices on the market – including Apple iPad Pro and the rumored Dell XPS 12. But its cooler specification and the fact that it is made for the Windows 10, Surface Pro 4 could be far more superior device (comparison below).
According to Microsoft, Surface Pro 4 is 30 percent more powerful than Surface Pro 3 and is almost 50 percent faster than the MacBook Air. Microsoft has managed to increase the Pro 4 display ever so marginally – 0.3 inch bigger – at 12.3-inch, without increase the size of the tablet. To achieve a larger display with resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels and 267 ppi, Microsoft has chipped the bezel around the device.
For the innards, Surface Pro 4 feature 16GB of RAM and has an amazing 1TB of internal storage. Running sixth-gen Intel Core processors (up to Core i7), Surface Pro 4 comes with a thinner and lighter Type Cover, which features a keyboard with more space for keys. Though, Type Cover will come for an addition $130, it is significantly better than the previous model and has a 40 percent larger trackpad for ease of work.
Interestingly, Microsoft Hello, the front camera on the Surface Pro 4 lets a user log on to the Surface with face recognition. One can also log into the device with fingerprint scanner on the keyboard. For connectivity the Surface Pro 4 has four USB 3.0 ports and a pair of 4K Display ports.
Most exciting thing still is the Surface Pen – stylus for the Pro 4, which has been redesigned to give the Apple Pencil a run for its money. The Surface Pen feels most closely to working on paper with a pencil. It is most comfortable to use and sports 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. The Pen has a swappable tip to choose between different tips for writing and drawing, and the Pen also features an eraser attached to its top that lets user delete whatever they have scribbled.
Available for pre-order beginning October 6 for $899, the Surface Pro 4 will be released starting on October 26.