After almost a year since the Microsoft Surface Pro 2-in-1 was launched, the company has finally released its newest tablet, this time with a number in its name – Microsoft Surface Pro 6. Let’s take a closer look at this 2-in-1 device to see if it has any significant improvements compared to its predecessor.
Design and performance
The Surface Pro 6 is now available in two different colors, the original gray and the newest addition – black. Other than that, its physical appearance has not changed much, as it has the same thickness (9mm – 19mm with the keyboard) and weight (1.7 pounds – 2.4 pounds with the keyboard) as its predecessors. However, Surface Pro 6’s metal kickstand can bend back up to 165 degrees, so it can be used as a drafting table.
Compared to the Surface Pro 4 that was released back in 2016, the touchscreen has not changed on Surface Pro 6, as it still stands at 12.3-inch and a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824. However, as the first 2-in-1 device ever, Surface Pro 6 has a quad-core CPU – the eighth-generation Intel Core i5. The version that uses 8GB of RAM has 256GB SSD of storage. Battery-wise, Pro 6 has a much longer lifespan than Pro 4, as this device can be used for a little more than 8 hours, compared to nearly 6 hours of Pro 4.
Connectivity and accessories
When it comes to connectivity, Surface Pro 6 has only two wired options, a USB 3.0 port and a mini-DisplayPort, as well as a slot for microSD cards. The omission of a USB-C port is definitely something that Microsoft should have tried to avoid, as many users had this feature on their wishlists.
Users will definitely be satisfied with two additional tools (unfortunately, these have to be purchased separately), the Type Cover keyboard ($130) and the Surface Pen ($100), while the trackpad complements them rather nicely.
Talking about the price of Surface Pro 6, it is important to note that, while it starts at $899, the basic version without any accessories can serve as something slightly better than a portable internet browser. The most advanced model with Core i7, 16GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, combined with the keyboard, will cost above $2,000, which is probably a little bit too much.
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