18:27 24 May 2017
Microsoft has launched the new Surface Pro tablet, which has been described as faster and more powerful than its predecessor. Weighing 770g, it features 31cm screen and a battery life of 13.5 hours. Its price tag starts from £799 in the UK.
Panos Panay, Microsoft Surface boss, said that the device has been “completely redesigned inside out.” Earlier this month, he said that there would be “no such thing as a Pro 5.”
"This is not the Pro 5, that's important to recognise,"
"The footprint is very similar, but the change is inside: the new parts, the performance, the battery, the LTE connectivity, the software."
Ranjit Atwal, research director at Gartner, said that the new device was a showcase for Windows 10.
He said: "They're really using the Surface Pro as a shop window for what can be done on a very dedicated device,"
"Their future isn't dependent on selling the Surface, but they do need to show off Windows 10."
The first new Surface Pros sold will only have wi-fi connectivity.
"People have asked for [4G-LTE connectivity] for a long time," Mr Panay said.
"But there's a lot of technology you have to fit in, and we didn't want to compromise the design or performance."
The device’s 4G-LTE version will be available in autumn.
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