Apple's iPad Pro, announced last month, was widely seen as copying Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet, which also had a detachable keyboard and a stylus. Even Google jumped in the tablet-on-steroids game with the Pixel C at a subsequent launch event. Now Microsoft's upped its game with the announcement today of the Surface Pro 4 running Windows 10 Pro.
The Surface Pro 4 is thinner (8.4mm vs. 9.1mm) and has a larger screen (12.3 inches vs. 12 inches) than the Surface Pro 3. However, it runs a 6th generation Core i7 Intel processor, and can have up to 16GB of RAM and a whole terabyte of storage. Microsoft says the Surface Pro 4 is 30% faster than the Surface Pro 3 and 50% faster than the MacBook Air.
One of Apple's big announcements with the iPad Pro was the company's first stylus, the Apple Pencil. Microsoft has always shipped a stylus with the Pro, but has upgraded it for the Surface Pro 4 with better tracking. It even has an "eraser." The Pro 4's screen has over 5 million pixels at over 267ppi, and supports 1024 levels of pressure from the new stylus.
The keyboard is thinner and lighter with more space between the keys, and the track pad is 40% larger than before. Pre-orders for the Surface Pro 4 begin Wednesday October 7, and the Surface Pro 4 will be available on October 26, with the price starting at $899.
Will you be submitting an order? Let us know what you think about the latest tablet from Microsoft in the comments below, and check out the announcement video from Microsoft.