Microsoft’s hardware division aims to shake up the notion of the two-in-one device with the Surface Pro X. Instead of a pure laptop-tablet hybrid, the device features several smartphone elements that set it apart from past Surface gadgets and make it an interesting new challenger to Apple’s iPad.
Surface Pro X offers LTE connectivity and uses a new SQ1 chipset designed by Qualcomm — an ARM processor commonly found in smartphones — and a redesigned graphics processing unit. Microsoft calls it the “thinnest, lightest, most powerful and most connected Surface Pro ever.”
The 2-in-1 device is also the first Windows PC with an integrated AI engine. Surface Pro X starts at $999 — $250 more than Surface Pro 7 — with additional costs for accessories. Users will have to pay a premium for the new device.
Surface Pro X was one of several new and updated devices Microsoft introduced last month at a big hardware event in New York City. The new devices should help boost the Surface division, which saw revenue dip 4 percent year-over-year in the most recent quarter to $1.14 billion.
Surface Pro X goes on sale today, and the reviews are starting to role in. The consensus …read more