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Microsoft announces Surface Pro 7 & X—what are the differences?

Microsoft made quite a wave by announcing a slew of new Surface devices, including a new Surface Laptop, Surface Earbuds, and even two new Surface Pro 2-in-1 devices. And that’s not even taking into account the Surface Duo and Surface Neo that Microsoft showed off as well.

But the Surface Pro series is Microsoft’s bread and butter when it comes to their Surface devices, so let’s take a quick look into the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 and the Microsoft Surface X, as well as the major differences between the two.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7

The Surface Pro is powered by Intel’s 10th Gen processors, with options including dual-core i3, and quad-core i5 and i7 processors. Memory configurations start at 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and top out at 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage.

A big takeaway from the new Surface Pro 7 is the inclusion of a USB-C port, which is something that users have been calling for. It’s a 12.3″ display that pushes a resolution of 2736×1824, and Microsoft is promising a battery life of up to 10.5 hours, based on “typical Surface device usage”.

As for pricing, we don’t have local details yet, but pricing for the U.S. market starts at US$749, and tops out at US$2,299 for the top variant that comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and 1TB of storage.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

The new Surface Pro X is the first Surface laptop to feature the ARM-based Microsoft Surface SQ1, which is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx processor. At 5.33mm and 0.76kg, Microsoft says that Surface Pro X is the “thinnest, lightest, most powerful, and most connected Surface ever”.

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It features a 13″ display that pushes a resolution of 2880×1920, and has an LTE modem built into the device. Just like the Surface Pro 7, the Pro X also utilises USB-C, and the optional Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard also has a neat little dock for includes pen docking for secure storage and charging for the new Slim Pen (also optional).

At the same time, the Surface Pro X is promised to have up to 13 hours of battery life, as well as two USB-C ports. However, it lacks a headphone jack, which isn’t the biggest surprise, but is still pretty disappointing.

Overall, which Surface Pro device you opt for really depends on what you need it for. On the one hand, the Surface Pro X is certainly the more portable of the two, with a significantly thinner profile at 7.3mm to 8.38mm. And thanks to the integrated LTE, you get to use your device anywhere—so long as there’s LTE coverage, of course.

But the Surface Pro 7, with its Intel Core processors, might just be the better choice for those of you that are planning to use the device for more traditional Windows desktop apps.

Pricing in the U.S. for the Surface Pro 7 starts at US$749, while the Surface Pro X starts at US$999. The Surface Pro 7 will launch on October 22nd, while the Surface Pro X will launch on November the 5th—pre-orders in the U.S. start today.

Unfortunately, we don’t have any concrete news on when the Surface devices will be coming to Malaysian shores, but do check back on SoyaCincau.com for future updates.

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