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    May 23, 2017

    Microsoft unveils a slick new Surface Pro, redesigned Surface Pen

    Microsoft has unveiled a redesigned, refined Surface Pro hybrid alongside a new Surface Pen stylus in a surprise unveiling.

    Microsoft has seen fit to enter the hardware market with all guns blazing these past few months, and now – to complement the likes of the Surface Laptop and Surface Studio – the firm has now revealed a redesigned Surface Pro hybrid.

    Where Microsoft has taken strides to refine stylus integration in recent software builds of Windows 10, the new Surface Pro arrives with the hardware smarts to back it up.

    Read: Microsoft’s CEO confirms that there’ll be more Windows Phones in the future

    In addition to a sleeker screen with acoustic enhancements, the new Surface Pro sports a 12.3″ PixelSense Display with a 3:2 aspect ratio. In addition to being compatible with the Surface Dial, the new Surface Pro is the first such hybrid to work with Microsoft’s new Surface Pen, which features over 4096 pressure points and 21 milliseconds of latency.

    The device accommodates a new ‘studio mode’ hinge function, which mimics the adaptability of Microsoft’s Surface Studio. New, customisable pen tips can be used to customise a user’s input on Office 365 applications.

    Microsoft’s new Whiteboard application on Surface will enable Surface users to simultaneously sketch and design in real-time, while users can purchase a new Signature Type Cover – made out of Alcantara material – in a choice of Platinum, Burgundy, and Cobalt Blue colour opinions.

    The Redmond company have bullishly promoted the new Surface Pro’s battery life, stating that the slate will accommodate 13.5 hours of battery life – 50% more than the Surface Pro 4.

    Microsoft announced that the new Surface Pro will be available for pre-order today (May 23rd) and will ship on June 15th worldwide. The range will begin at the pricey figure of $799 USD – a cut below the limited Surface Laptop.

    Read: Windows 10 S is Microsoft’s promise for cheaper, sleeker PCs

    What are your thoughts? Would you be inclined to buy into Microsoft’s vision of a hybrid laptop future? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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