Six Amazing Specifications And Features Of Surface Pro 4 That Will Render Your Current Laptop Useless

Omar Sohail
Posted Oct 16, 2015
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When Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was officially announced by the software giant, the company definitely raised the bar when it came to the physical specifications and the features present inside the large screen tablet. However, what makes Surface Pro 4 so great that it has outshined not only Surface Pro 3, but majority of the notebooks that are currently being distributed in the market? We have the answer for you in the form of six killer features and specifications of Microsoft’s newly announced flagship tablet.

 

The Gargantuan Screen Size Of Surface Pro 4

Despite the fact that there is only a 0.3 inch difference between the screen sizes of Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4, the latter also has a much denser resolution compared to its predecessor. According to the tech giant, the large screen tablet has a 12.3 inch PixelSense touchscreen which according to the company, happens to be the best form of display in the world. We believe that Microsoft could have easily increased the size of the screen even further, but one primary reason why it most likely refrained to do so was so that there would be some size kind of distinction present between Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.

The Tablet Is Powered By Laptop Processors

Mobile SoCs have come quite a long way when performance and energy efficiency are taken into account but they have yet to display the same kind of processing capabilities as laptop CPUs. Surface Pro 4 users will immediately be able to notice the difference in performance thanks to Intel’s Skylake processors powering the product. During Microsoft’s announcement, the company did state that its tablet will be running Skylake processors but did not care to mention which ones would be present inside it. Thankfully, PCWorld was able to get this information for us.

Surface Pro 4 will be available to purchase in three processor models; Core-m3, Core-i5 and of course the most powerful processor from the 6th generation mobile CPU lineup, Core-i7. We have compiled all details of these processors for you in the table below so that you are better able to understand what kind of performance you can expect from each processor class.

Processor detailsIntel Core-m3-6Y30 Processor (4M Cache, up to 2.20 GHz) Intel Core-i5-6300U Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.00 GHz) Intel Core-i7-6650U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz)
Cache4MB 3MB4MB
Lithography14nm 14nm 14nm
Number of cores222
Number of threads444
Base processor clock speed900MHz2.4GHz2.2GHz
Max Turbo Frequency 2.2GHz3GHz3.4GHz
Thermal Design Power (TDP)4.5W15W15W
Memory Types LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600 DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600 DDR4-2133, LPDDR3-1866, DDR3L-1600
Max number of Memory Channels 222
Max Memory Bandwidth 29.8GB/s 34.1GB/s 34.1GB/s
Processor graphics (or iGPU)Intel HD Graphics 515 Intel HD Graphics 520 Intel HD Graphics 550
Graphics base clock speed300MHz300MHz300MHz
Graphics max dynamic frequency 850MHz1GHz1.05GHz
4K support Yes, at 60Hz Yes, at 60Hz Yes, at 60Hz
DirectX Support YesYesYes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology YesYesYes

With laptop chips powering each variant of Surface Pro 4, the company states that you will be able to get up to 50 percent more performance compared to its Surface Pro 3 lineup and up to 30 percent more performance when compared to Apple’s 12 inch MacBook, which is powered by Intel’s Broadwell lineup of processors.

Most Spec’d Out Surface Pro 4 Has Better Hardware Than Your Laptop

The base model of Surface Pro 4 comes with 4GB of RAM, 128GB of flash storage and is running Intel’s Core-m3 processor. However, if you want the highest configured laptop and also have a lot of money to back up your purchase, then the most spec’d out model will give you 16GB of RAM, 1TB of flash storage, a Core-i7 processor and a grand total of $2,699. While the aforesaid price tag is far too steep for a Surface Pro 4, look at the specifications that you are getting in return.

Tons Of Connectivity Options That Are Not Found In Regular Tablets

Majority of tablet manufacturers incorporate a charging port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack, which makes the experience very limiting for the user. Microsoft definitely thought things through with its Surface Pro 4 while at the same time, made it possess a thickness of just 8.4mm, a dimension which is thinner than its predecessor. Starting off, the tablet has a fully functional USB 3.0 port, allowing you to connect a storage peripheral or a USB hub, allowing you to even connect more devices to the tablet.

 

Additionally, it also features a MicroSD card reader, allowing you to expand your storage. On Surface Pro 3, it stated that the maximum capacity support on the tablet was 128GB so it is possible that Surface Pro 4 supports up to 256GB of expandable storage. A Mini Display Port will provide you with the opportunity to attach another large screen display for the ultimate productivity session (though this will mean that more battery life will be consumed and you will need a display that provides support for such a port).

There is also the availability of a Surface Pen, and fortunately for you guys, it comes bundled with the tablet. According to Microsoft, Surface Pen features 1,024 levels of sensitivity, and it has been engineered to replicate the same experience as a regular individual writing with a regular pen. Additionally, there is also a form of magnetism that exists between the edges of Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pen and because of this feature, users will be able to attach their accessory to the sides of the tablet without having to store the pen in their pocket or any other place.

The only drawback about purchasing Surface Pro 4 is that the keyboard accessory will have to be purchased separately, and according to the pricing details, it carries a $129.99 price tag. The Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with a fingerprint reader will obviously be more expensive than this due to its security feature. If Microsoft were to bundle a Type Cover keyboard accessory with its flagship tablet, then it would become a lethal combination in our opinion.

 

Battery Life That Will Put Your Laptop To Shame

According to Microsoft, Surface Pro 4 is able to give up to 9 hours of video playback time. The following details have been described on how the company measures battery timing.

“Up to 9 hours of video playback. Testing conducted by Microsoft in September 2015 using preproduction Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM device. Testing consisted of full battery discharge during video playback. All settings were default except: Wi-Fi was associated with a network. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.”

If they were running a Core-i5 processor model, then it obviously means that the Core-m3 model will be able to deliver more battery timing since it is has a lower power consumption metric. However, despite the fact that the Core-i7 will showcase the most amount of performance, you will lose out on battery life. For majority of consumers out there, battery life is one of the most important aspects of choosing an expensive tablet.

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Running Windows 10 Professional ‘Out Of The Box’

It was only fitting that Microsoft’s flagship slate was running the company’s unified interface platform. With more than 110 million devices running the new operating system, Microsoft has catered to business and power users giving that extra needed attention to the requirements of gamers as well. Windows 10 will also provide support for Microsoft’s wireless Xbox One controller starting October 20th, so you will be able to immerse in your favorite titles with ‘no strings attached’. Given below is video summarizing nearly all the features that you will find in Surface Pro 4.

Hardware Specifications Of Surface Pro 4

Given below are all the hardware specifications you need to be concerned with when you are out hunting for Surface Pro 4.

Surface Pro 4 specifications 
SoftwareWindows 10 Pro and Office 30-day trial
ColorSilver
Exterior shellMagnesium
Dimensions292.10 x 201.42 x 8.45 mm
Weight1.73lbs (786g) for i5/i7 models and 1.69lbs (766g) for m3 model
Storage options128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
Display12.3 inch PixelSense Display with 2736 x 1824 resolution and 10 point multi-touch
Battery Up to 9 hours of video playback
Processor6th Gen Intel Core m3, i5, or i7
RAM options4GB, 8GB or 16GB RAM
Wi-Fi802.11ac
BluetoothBT 4.0
PortsFull-size USB 3.0
MicroSD Card reader
Headset jack
Mini DisplayPort
Cover port
Surface Connect
Cameras5.0 megapixel front-facing HD camera
8.0 megapixel rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD video recording
Bundled accessoriesSurface Pen (remaining accessories are sold separately)

All Pricing And Configuration Details Of Surface Pro 4

Given below are all the pricing details you need to be concerned with when you are out hunting for Surface Pro 4.

CPU typeRAMStoragePrice
Core-m34GB128GB$899.99
Core-i54GB128GB$999.99
Core-i58GB256GB$1,299.99
Core-i78GB256GB$1,599.99
Core-i716GB256GB$1,799.99
Core-i716GB512GB$2,199.99
Core-i716GB1TB$2,699.99

After seeing all there is to know about Surface Pro 4, we were able to dot down six amazing specifications and features that make the tablet a terrific product. Do you guys think that Surface Pro 4 is a great tablet to replace your laptop? Let us know your thoughts.

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