Microsoft Surface Pro 7: release date, news and rumors

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Surface Pro 7 is probably one of the most highly anticipated releases from Microsoft, which is why people cheered when it not only got an unveiling at the Microsoft October 2019 Event, but also the USB-C port everybody’s been asking for. Whether or not it lives up to the growing needs of its target audience is something we’ll have to wait and see until we get our hands on one for a proper review. Microsoft has been steadily crafting some of the best Windows tablets and 2-in-1 laptops for a while now with its Surface lineup. However, the Surface Pro 6, which hit the streets back in October 2018, only offered minor improvements over its 2017 predecessor. That made us think that we weren’t going to see more significant improvements to the Surface Pro formula.So far, however, the Surface Pro 7 is looking promising with the latest quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core processor, as well as a brilliant high-resolution 12.3-inch PixelSense Display, Instant On and, of course, the updated port selection.What’s more, it’s now available for pre-order starting at $749 and is slated for an October 22 release.
Massive leak reveals Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3 ahead of launchThe Surface Pro 7 will also feature Fast Charging and all-day battery life, and it’s just as ultra-slim and light as ever at just 1.70 pounds.Other than these details, Microsoft didn‘t share much info at its presentation on stage. However, we should have more updates on the device in the coming days. If you want to hear more about the Surface Pro 7, check out our Live Blog of the event or keep it tuned on this page.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The next Surface Pro tabletWhen is it out? To be released October 22, available for pre-order as of October 2What will it cost? Starts at $749Surface Pro 7 will hit shops on October 22, 2019.Surface Pro 7 release date
The Surface Pro 7 became available for pre-order starting October 2, shortly after its announcement at the Microsoft event. It will hit shops on October 22, 2019.This is unsurprising as the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 6 both hit the streets in October 2015 and 2018, respectively – despite the Surface Pro 2017 getting a June release date. It’s about time, too, as it’ll be a whole year since Microsoft has launched new Surface hardware, and two years since it released the Surface Book 2.
The Surface Pro 7 gets a surprising price drop.Surface Pro 7 price
Starting at $749 for its base configuration, the Surface Pro 7 received a whopping $150 price drop over the Surface Pro 6, which is a nice surprise indeed. We certainly did not predict that.The Surface Pro 6 set buyers back $899 (£879, AU$1,349) for its base configuration, a marked price increase over the Surface Pro 2017, the base model of which was $799 (£799, AU$1,199).This puts the Surface Pro 7 at a cheaper price point as computers like the Dell XPS 13 and the HP Spectre x360 – as well as the new iPad Pro. 
The Surface Pro 7 comes with the latest quad-core 10th-generation Intel Core processor.What we wanted to see
The Surface Pro 7 has launched, but before it did, it was hard to predict what exactly is in store for the next Surface device. Based on all the patents that Microsoft had filed, we thought that an update to the Surface Pen that would make it more accurate, was imminent.While Microsoft wasn’t quite come out and confirmed that, Robin Seiler announced that Windows 10 Word now supports in-line editing with Surface Pen.Blazing speedBack at CES 2019, Intel showed off Ice Lake, the first 10nm processors for laptops. And, while we don’t know a whole lot about the processors’ performance right now, the smaller manufacturing process should undeniably lead to improved performance and efficiency.We’ve also heard some rumors that Qualcomm Snapdragon-equipped Surface devices are “floating around”, though it was unlikely that the top-end Surface Pro 7 would utilize an ARM processor like this, as there would be possible problems with software emulation of x86 apps.Based on the spec sheet that Microsoft shared with us, the Surface Pro 7 will have the following processors on hand for its configurations:
Dual-core 10th Gen Intel Core i3-1005G1 Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G4Quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7-1065G7Thunderbolt 3, pleaseMicrosoft, for obvious reasons not worth going into here, has been hesitant about including Thunderbolt 3 in its Surface Products. And, while this was understandable in the early days, it’s getting harder to ignore with each Surface release.Luckily, we have reason to think that Microsoft will release the Surface Pro 7 with Thunderbolt 3 support, or at the very least basic USB-C charging. Microsoft has patented a new magnetic charger with a USB-C input that would work like the current Surface charger.Unfortunately, it seems that Microsoft is still set on utilizing its Surface Connect for charging. However, it has given the Surface Pro 7 both USB-C and USB-A ports, so it isn’t all bad news.An improved Type CoverThe Surface Pro 6’s Type Cover is already one of the best tablet keyboard accessories on the market. It’s not only extremely responsive, but also gives a lot of feedback and is made of durable materials. However, we haven’t seen any major improvements to it since the Surface Pro 2017. We don’t believe there’s any such thing as a perfect product, but we do want to see how Microsoft will improve on this peripheral moving forward.Just like the charging capabilities, we may have an idea of what the next generation Type Cover could look like. Microsoft has patented a thinner Type Cover that could minimize the footprint of the device all around. It looks like Microsoft is planning on doing this by using a trackpad that’s integrated right into the printed circuit board.It could also use haptic feedback in the keys, to improve the tactile response when typing, which would be crucial when you’re doing so on a slimmer keyboard cover.It’s a strange move, but it’s caught our attention regardless – if Microsoft can make the Type Cover thinner without making the same mistakes as Apple’s Butterfly keyboards, it could be a game-changer.We’ve also seen a patent that would make the fabric covering the Type Cover smarter. It should feature touch sensitivity, so you can swipe through news stories and photos without needing to find the touchpad or the touchscreen. We’re not sure who was asking for this tech, but it’s still a cool concept.
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