As the past couple of years, Microsoft has been trying to maintain its own ecosystem, as surface series played vital rule. But this year Microsoft really pushed the level high by releasing tons of surface line up products included Android-Powered dual screens smartphone and some other devices. Those devices are manufactured by original equipment manufacturers, including Pegatron, and are designed to be premium devices that set examples to Windows OEMs.
The Surface family features eight main lines of devices:
1.The Surface line of hybrid tablets, with optional detachable keyboard accessories and optional pen. The latest model, the Surface Go, uses an Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y SoC processor.
2. Surface Pro is a line of hybrid tablets, with similar, optional detachable keyboard accessories and optional stylus pen. The latest model, the Surface Pro 6, has an 8th generation Intel Core series processor. The Surface Pro X is an ARM device that uses the Microsoft SQ1 CPU.
3.The Surface Laptop, a notebook with a 13.5-inch or 15-inch non-detachable touchscreen. The original device runs Windows 10 S by default. however, it can be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. Starting with the Surface Laptop 2, the regular Home and Pro editions are used.
4.The Surface Book, a notebook with a detachable tablet screen. The base is configurable with or without discrete graphics and an independently operable tablet screen, on which the optional stylus pen functions. The stylus pen is sold separately from the latest Surface Book model.
5.The Surface Studio, a 28-inch all-in-one desktop that adjusts into a digital drafting table with stylus and on-screen Surface Dial support.
6.The Surface Hub, a touch screen interactive whiteboard designed for collaboration.
7.The Surface Neo, an upcoming dual-screen touch screen device of which both screens are 9 inches running on Windows 10X.
8.The Surface Duo, an upcoming dual-screen touch screen device of which both screens are 5.6 inches and can be used as a phone that runs Android.
It appears that absolutely nothing has changed about the Surface Pro design from last year’s Pro 6 expect all-new USB-C port. The device still measures 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches (292 x 201 x 8.5mm) and weighs 1.7 lbs (770g), and it still comes in the same matte black and silver aluminium finishes. The tablet’s display still comes in at 12.3 inches on the diagonal with a 2,736 x 1,824 resolution (267 pixels per inch) and 3:2 aspect ratio. It’s just as sharp and bright as the previous generation, which was already quite attractive. It appears as if Microsoft has hit the peak of Surface Pro design short of the hot, new Surface Pro X … or it’s just no longer interested in iterating on that form factor.
Fresh, 10-nanometer Intel silicon be damned. While USB-C is finally here on the Surface Pro 7, it’s only USB 3.1 and not Thunderbolt 3. So, you get the versatility of this new port standard without the raw throughput of Intel’s iteration on it that Apple has widely adopted. Microsoft has improved the device’s studio microphones for stronger accuracy when using Cortana with your voice, but that’s such a minor improvement it’s barely worth mentioning. We have noticed, however, that the Type Cover keyboard now offers deeper-feeling travel with a bouncier feel as well. It’s kind of improvement but takes a bit of adjustment – a few minutes at most.
The Surface Pro 7 is packed with Intel Ice Lake processors, spearheaded by the 10nm Intel Core i7-1065G7, and packed with up to 16GB of RAM. That’s quite a lot of power for a tablet. This is the kind of device that you can both easily carry around with you and get some serious work done with. But, one thing that’s notable here is the inclusion of an Intel Gen 11 Intel Iris graphics processor (GPU). This won’t be available in the entry model – as the Intel Core i3 chip in the cheapest version is limited to Intel UHD graphics – but it should pack some serious improvements. This GPU won’t run something like Metro Exodus at max settings, but you should have no problem playing some indie games on the road.
Also, Ice Lake brings to the Surface Pro 7 is native support for WiFi 6 at the silicon level. yet We haven’t seen many WiFi 6 routers but will be getting soon, and the inclusion of the tech here means you don’t have to worry about your networking being out of date. The biggest problem here, however, is that the USB-C port is just USB 3.1, which means no Thunderbolt 3 support. Yet You can get a lot of the functionality out of Microsoft’s Surface Connect port, but we would have liked to see Microsoft include Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, as there are more peripherals and accessories that use its advanced speeds and feeds.
As of typing, Microsoft’s Type Cover keyboard has a wonderful 1.3-mm of key travel and features super-soft Alcantara fabric for palm rests. If Microsoft can somehow get that key travel a little bit more, typing would be even more comfortable and responsive. The only real issue we had with the Surface Pro 6’s design was its thick bezels, so hopefully, Microsoft can slim them down on the Surface Pro 7.
One major proposed change that worries us is a marked decrease in quoted battery life year-on-year. The Surface Pro 6 is rated at 13 hours and 30 minutes with a 14nm Intel CPU, whereas the 10nm Surface Pro 7 promises just 10 hours and 30 minutes on a charge. While the new model charges a helluva lot faster – up to 80% in just an hour – it lasts for so much less time. As far as pricing goes, the new iteration will probably be in the same ballpark as the Surface Pro 6, which launched at $ 899. Also, the Surface Pro 6 will permanently drop to $699 or lower at some point between now and the release of the Surface Pro 7, as the tablet is often on sale for $599 on Microsoft’s website. The upcoming Surface Pro 7’s price could jump $799. But if the Pro 7 does indeed make the leap to $999, it better come with a keyboard and pen.
Days before Microsoft’s event, French tech blog FrAndroid reported that a new Surface 7 tablet would be unveiled. Compared to the Surface Pro 7, the Surface 7 will have thinner display bezels, a USB-C port and a magnet that raises its detachable keyboard. Based on the report, the Surface Pro 7 will not have a new design but it will have a USB-C port along with the Surface Connect and USB-A inputs of its predecessors. It’s not clear where the Surface 7 will fall in the Surface lineup, but we expect it to be a mid-tier model (between the Go and Pro, perhaps) given its name and that it’s rumoured to have an ARM-based processor. USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 port: The time is now, Microsoft. We want to see some USB Type-C action on the Surface Pro 7, without losing the USB Type-A slot, which was the case with the Surface Go. Perfect the model; don’t give and take. Faster SSD: We were especially disappointed with the speed of the 256GB SSD on the Surface Pro 6 (you know, the one that costs an additional $300). We would ideally like to see speeds above its category average, which is currently 327 MBps. I would personally like to see speeds of – at least – more than 500 MBps, especially since the MacBook Air’s 256GB SSD (which starts at $1,199) offers speeds of 2,066 MBps on our tests.
Discrete GPU: The Surface Book 2 has a GTX 1050 GPU and is great for creative pros, but is pricey, starting at $2,499. It would be interesting to see the Surface Pro 7 outfitted with a tamer, discrete GPU, like the Nvidia MX230 or MX250. This would make the Surface Pro 7 a more appealing buy, especially for creatives and those looking to do a little light gaming. Thinner bezels: Every year bezels are getting thinner and thinner; it’s time for the Surface to embrace the trend. We want some barely-there bezels on the Surface Pro 7, to make the system’s gorgeous, 12.3-inch panel pop even more than it already does. Speaking of typing, Microsoft’s Type Cover keyboard has a wonderful 1.3-mm of key travel and features super-soft Alcantara fabric for palm rests. If Microsoft can somehow get that key travel to at least 1.5 mm (our ideal minimum), typing would be even more comfortable and responsive. The only real issue we had with the Surface Pro 6’s design was its thick bezels, so hopefully, Microsoft can slim them down on the Surface Pro 7. Business Insider’s Matt Weinberger reviewed the device last month and called it “a great, little, lightweight, touchscreen Windows 10 laptop” with just a few tradeoffs. Afterall can it replace your laptop?