Microsoft Surface Pro 4 in pics
During his keynote at Microsoft’s Future Unleashed event in Mumbai, CEO Satya Nadella announced the Surface Pro 4 would be landing in India in January 2016. The lightweight hybrid device is notable for its versatility, along with the powerful specs it offers, and is being eagerly awaited in the country. We got a chance to play with the device briefly at the special demo booth that was set up at the event, and here’s a closer look at it design and what it offers.
The metal-clad tablet sports a 12.3-inch display featuring a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels, translating into a pixel density of 267ppi. The screen is quite sharp, and is highly responsive to touch. It’s also quite reflective though. The tablet connects to the Type Cover (bearing the backlit chiclet keyboard) magnetically, effectively converting it into a laptop. The Type Cover is covered in suede on one side, and along with the keyboard, also offers a large trackpad.
Controls and ports
The top of the Surface Pro 4 holds a power/standby key, along with a volume rocker, while the right bears a mini DisplayPort, a USB 3.0 port and a speaker. The left holds the combo headphone/mic socket. A 5MP front-facing shooter is located above the display. The rear of the tablet has a metal kickstand, which is held in place by a study-looking hinge. Below the flap of the kickstand, you’ll find a microSD card slot tucked away in a corner. You’ll also find an 8MP camera at the rear, along with a large Windows logo.
The mighty pen
The Surface Pen, as it’s called, doesn’t get its own silo. Instead, it latches on magnetically to the side of the tablet. This makes it easily accessible, but you do run the risk of losing it too. Boasting 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, the Surface Pen packs quite a few tricks. The clickable tip can be pressed to launch OneNote, while a double press takes a screenshot which you can annotate. A long press invokes the Cortana voice assistant. The tip can even be used as an eraser to delete stuff.
The power under the hood
The Surface Pro 4 runs Windows 10, and can be configured in different ways as per your choice. The options include 6th-gen Intel Core m3, i5 or i7 processors, up to 16 gigs of RAM and SSD storage options ranging from 128GB all the way up to 1TB. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth. The battery is rated to provide nine hours of continuous video playback.
An illuminated IR sensor next to the front-facing camera enables Windows Hello, a feature that lets you unlock your Surface Pro 4 using facial recognition. Another feature called Palm Block disables the touchscreen, letting you use the tablet to write naturally using the Surface Pen, without any undesirable touch inputs resulting from your hand coming into contact with the screen.
In our brief usage, we found the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 to be a loaded, desirable machine that should appeal to quite a few. The screen looks gorgeous, the Type Cover works well as a cover and for text input, while the Surface Pen is a highly useful addition. Our only gripe with the Type Cover is that it’s more apt for text input when used on a desk, but using it on your lap could be tricky. The expected high pricing of the device could act as a deterrent. The base model starts at 9 (~ Rs 60,000), and the Type Cover costs an additional 9 (~ Rs 8,600).