Microsoft's new Surface Pen is now the fastest pen ever

  • Microsoft's new Surface Pen is now the fastest pen ever

Microsoft's new Surface Pen is now the fastest pen ever

Tech giant Microsoft announced the latest version of its popular Surface Pro laptop today, some 18 months after it released the Surface Pro 4. So, how does it compare to the new Surface Laptop, or even last year's Surface Book?

The new Surface Pro has a 12.3-inch, 2736x1824, PixelSense Display with 267ppi and 3:2 aspect ratio.

Reports from Windows Central floating around the web indicate that Microsoft could possibly use this event to announce some third party Cortana devices. However, he also emphasized that the company is not done yet with the product line. The new device is much more powerful and has significantly longer battery life, standing at 13.5 hours - all thanks to Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake processor.

The Surface Pro is rumored to come with new accessories, including Microsoft's Surface Arc Mouse, which was unveiled alongside the Surface laptop. A rear facing 8MP camera sits on the back while there is a 5MP one on the front. Surface Pro lineup starts at $799 but you will have to shell out another $129 (minimum) for a Type cover and $99 for the new Surface Pen. It is also the lightest Surface Pro yet, at just 1.7 pounds and 8.5 mm at its thickest.

The Core i7 model comes in three configurations, with a choice of 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, and 16GB RAM and 1TB storage, all with Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640. But Microsoft is hoping its under-the-hood improvements will help it compete with newer laptop-tablet hybrids from Samsung and others.

In terms of connectivity, the new Surface Pro offers all of the same ports and I/O as the Surface Pro 4, with one big exception: LTE. They also both offer an Office 365 30-day trial.

These upgrades expected on MacBook are not expected to bring about wholesale changes to the exterior of the product, but will have robust internal architecture for the loyalists. There's also a black Surface Pro Type Cover without Alcantara that's coming soon.

Redmond is now testing the new Whiteboard in a private preview on the Surface Hub, but it will be available for other types of Windows 10 devices later this year. The device will start shipping and land in the hands of the users on June 15.