Published: Wed, October 03, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Kristin Zimmerman

Surface Pro 6 announced: familiar external design, big internal upgrades

Surface Pro 6 announced: familiar external design, big internal upgrades

The Surface Pro 6 reportedly retains the Core M option, but swaps in 8th generation cores up the stack as well.

Be sure to have this page open come 4pm ET (1pm PT; 9pm BST), which is when the keynote kicks off in New York City, for all of the latest regarding Microsoft Surface.

The new Surface Pro 6 - Microsoft apparently opted to go back to numbered names for its Surface line - has notable upgrades from last year's Surface Pro. Right now at Microsoft, the only Surface Laptop models you can order are the Core i5-equipped machines with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $1,299. Microsoft is expected to unveil the next-generation Surface devices with design changes and improved hardware in 2019.

Surface Pro series has been a benchmark for the high-end mobile PCs. Unfortunately, it still lacks a USB-C port. However, for professionals who need to stay on the move, it's far from a awful bargain. You can pre-book the Surface Pro 6 from Microsoft Stores in the US starting October 16.

When Microsoft told me it was not only going to be announcing new Surface notebooks but a new set of premium noise-canceling headphones on October 2, I was surprised.

Microsoft has not detailed the exact battery capacity present inside the Surface Pro 6, but the company does state that the machine will be able to give you 13.5 hours of endurance. Microsoft claims this has quieter typing than the previous device. The display, powered by 13.5 million pixels, is nearly 40 percent brighter, however, with more contrast.

The details we have of the Surface Studio 2 include its use of the same sized display (28 inches) as the original.

In addition to the Windows 10 October 2018 update being launched, Microsoft also refreshed the majority of its Surface lineup today.

In all, Microsoft showed off four new Surface products. In case I wasn't already aware, Microsoft has a world class industrial design facility and a bunch of labs to test products as it builds and refines them. The 2-in-1 device will run on Windows 10 and will also be equipped with Bluetooth 4.1.

Microsoft didn't indicate whether or not it will ever make it available for iOS users.

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