Microsoft updates the Surface Pro, but don't call it a tablet

Microsoft updates the Surface Pro, but don't call it a tablet

Microsoft updates the Surface Pro, but don't call it a tablet

Microsoft is set to hold another Surface launch event, this time in Shanghai.

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft is refreshing its Surface Pro tablet with longer battery life and faster processors.

Microsoft's new tablet, which was previously expected to be unveiled Tuesday, won't see major changes, with most upgrades expected to be internal.

Microsoft has also announced that the tilt functionality will also be coming to Surface Studio and surface laptop later this year.

The Surface Laptop retails at $999 (£773), has a 13.5-inch PixelSense display, with a 3.4 million pixel high contrast screen.

The Surface Pro, with no USB-C and the same Surface connector, USB-A port, and mini DisplayPort, is available for preorder starting at $799, while the Type Cover and Pen are also available for $129 or $159 and $99, respectively. But the real-life experience will be crucial, so that will certainly be quite interesting to see on the Surface Pro, Surface Studio and Surface Book. Expect these LTE-enabled models to be expensive, though Microsoft hasn't announced pricing on those yet.

The new Surface Pro Signature Type Cover delivers a high-quality scissor mechanism and 1.3 mm of key travel for faster and more accurate typing. On the other hand, the Surface Pro 4 featured a PixelTouch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection a year ago, but of the same size and resolution as the new Surface Pro. Inking allows users to mark up documents written in applications across Windows 10 and within the Microsoft Office suite, similar to the way they would use pens to make notes on hard copy documents.

It comes in four colours - platinum, burgundy, cobalt blue and graphite gold. However, he also emphasized that the company is not done yet with the product line. The move to Kaby Lake let Microsoft go fanless for Surface Pros with the Core m3 and Core i5 processors, meaning those machines should be silent in operation. The improved Surface Pen doesn't have a price yet, but it'll come in the same colors as the Type Cover or in a stealthy black. Devices will begin to ship in all markets on June 15th. The active stylus has "almost no latency" for pixel-perfect writing, creating an experience of ink flowing that Microsoft claims is nearly as good as the real thing.

Microsoft said: "On May 23 in Shanghai, Microsoft will show the world what's next". All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network and Auto-Brightness disabled.

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