The Microsoft Surface Pro series seeks to offer premium tablets that can ideally function as your laptop. The Windows maker has only achieved this to some degree. Yet even that is proving enough to draw more buyers to the line-up. Taking a glance at the Surface Pro 4, it is sleek yet capable of doing any reasonable PC task.
Despite our best attempts, the gadget also fails to come off as a poorly mashed 2-in-1 device. Instead the Pro 4 always seems to stand at attention while using the foldout keyboard for laptop functions. It is clear that Microsoft also incorporated style into its poised, sleek design.
The Surface lineup was initially met with ridicule when it rolled out. The appeal of hybrid gadgets had yet to take off back then. What many analysts overlooked is Microsoft’s effective use of the same innovative approach that put items like the iPad, and subsequently tablets, on the map. The maker of Windows OS was unrelenting in pushing out products that built bridges between separate, conventional and seemingly unrelated devices.
The rise of Microsoft hybrids
“Three years ago, the 2-in-1 as a form factor was questioned,” Satya Nadella tells the Australian Financial Review. During the interview the Microsoft CEO recalled the backlash and caution his firm received from both rivals and partners “Does anybody need one? And now guess what? Even our competition has decided that it’s not a refrigerator and a toaster but it’s actually a 2-in -1.”
The appeal of hybrid gadgets had yet to take off back then. What many analysts overlooked is Microsoft’s effective use of the same innovative approach that put items like the iPad, and subsequently tablets, on the map. The maker of Windows OS has been unrelenting in pushing out products that built bridges between separate, conventional and seemingly unrelated devices. Today this is paying off brilliantly.
New 2017 Surface Pro
Experts were certain about a new Surface Pro coming out last year. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) hardware fans were left slightly disappointed when the 2016 Windows Event came and went without even a hint at the Surface Pro 5. Although, a few exciting gadgets exciting did come along last year. The last Windows Event saw Microsoft unveil its 2-in-1 Surface Book i7 and all-new Surface Studio. All eyes are once again glued to the Redmond firm as 2017 promises to be the year of the Surface Pro 5.
The Surface Pro 5 not coming out last year could prove to be a mild blessing in disguise. It allows the device to come equipped with the the latest and most powerful processors currently on the market. The new Surface Pro stands to be equipped with Intel’s new Kaby Lake chips, launched several weeks ago. Although other reports seem to be in favor of Qualcomms’s Snapdragon 635s. These hold one advantage over the 7th gen Intel Core chips — Snapdragon 635 processors are less taxing on battery power. It should be noted however that the Surface Pro series seeks to cram the best possible PC capacity into a tablet device. This would logically make the Kaby Lakes a better option.
Pro 5 accessories
The Surface Pro 5 is bound to support the Surface Pen. The stylus is often bundled with the company’s tablets, only this time around, the Surface Pen could come with a few upgrades of its own. Sources have claimed that the Pro 5 will magnetically be able to hold onto the Pen. The new Surface Studio does exactly this but the Surface Pen could be rechargeable by the very same means. Though magnetic as too, the current Surface Pen is only powered by a single AAAA battery. It cannot be charged by being placed on the side of Surface Studio display.
In fact, the Surface Pro 5 is alleged to come standard with accessories like the Surface Pen and foldout pad. While these have always been available for purchase, their standalone price options tend to make user overlook them. This also stops people from using the Pro 5 at its full 2-in-1 capacity. These inclusions would ultimately translate into the gadget’s going price, but could prove well worth the additional cash.
More Pro 5 aspects
The last few years saw the tech world take a liking to USB Type-C. Back in 2015, the Surface Pro 4 came out with a handy USB 3.0 port. Even though a USB slot adds whole dimensions of convenience to any tablet, replacing the 3.0 with a Type-C would make the Surface Pro 5 a desirable, standout purchase. Thunderbolt 3 support would not go unappreciated either.
The upcoming Surface Pro 5 promises to offer new sorts of innovation and conveniences. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has reportedly given the gadget’s manufacturing contract to Pegatron. It is the same company that builds the new Surface Studio. We look forward to the end to the end of the first quarter to see how far the rumors are from the truth.
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Microsoft is a supreme tablet maker
Today, Microsoft’s all-in-one gadgets are thriving in several hardware segments. Most of these markets have seen repetitive revamps numerous times over. Microsoft Surface gadgets come as something fresh and new. They are an innovation-driven approach to what personal and business gadgets should essentially offer. Whether buyers are looking for the ideal personal, portable or business PC, they needn’t look any further than the Surface Book, Surface Pro and Surface Studio. These stand at the fore of premium device markets and are capable of tasks beyond the capacity of conventional hardware.
Microsoft is done making moves in hardware segments in order to keep up with its competition. “We don’t want to be driven buy just envy of what others have,” Nadella admitted. “What can we bring? That’s where I look at any device form factor or any technology.” Nadella wants to get people to see their tablets and PCs as more than a means to a limited range of solutions. In the company’s vision, PCs boast alluring yet practical designs that tell of enhanced performance and greater conveniences.