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Surface Pro 4 vs iPad Pro: Microsoft Refreshes Tablet for Another Round with Apple

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Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro 4 with Kaby Lake processor

Almost every Microsoft fan has been expecting the company to release the upgrade to the famous Surface Pro 4. Since last year, the Internet has been clamouring for a replacement that never came. Instead of releasing a completely new product for the Surface Pro line, Microsoft has another thing in mind.

Last May 23, Microsoft unveiled the much awaited update for the Surface Pro 4. Everyone was surprised to learn that instead of introducing a new product to the market, the company has decided to re-launch the older model but with a few internal upgrades.

More powerful than the iPad Pro

Since the very beginning, there has been that unspoken rivalry between Apple and Microsoft. When Microsoft released the Surface Pro line, Apple retaliated with the iPad Pro. Since then, the two companies have been fighting back and forth. One of them even releasing an ad that ridicules the other’s product.

According to Microsoft, the new Surface Pro 4 is more powerful and efficient that ever before. The company claims that the updated tablet is more than twice as fast as the Surface Pro 3. In comparison to the iPad Pro, the new Surface Pro’s processor runs 1.7 times faster than the former’s A9X chip.

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro 4 with Kaby Lake processor

Apple iPad Pro (via apple.com)

More to increased processing power, Microsoft also managed to improve the tablet’s battery life. Now, users can enjoy up to 13.5 hours of continuous use on the Surface Pro 4. That is 50 percent more juice than the older model and 35 percent more compared to the iPad Pro.

More processor and memory options

The one thing that most Surface Pro users loved about the tablet is the fact that it can be tailored based on their liking. For entry-level users, there is a corresponding range of specifications to suite one’s needs.

Starting with the m3 Intel chip and a 4GB RAM, a buyer can opt for this cheaper but capable setup. However, for those looking for more oomph factor, there is an option for an i7 processor and as much as 16GB of RAM. Storage size starts at 128GB and can go as far as 1TB.

More inputs to choose from

The iPad Pro relies heavily on the touch screen inputs as well as the Smart Keyboard. On the other hand, the new Surface Pro 4 has a few more tricks up its sleeve. Apart from the seemingly standard keyboard, touch screen, and pen inputs, users can also use either a mouse or the new Surface Dial.

For those who are new to this, the Surface Dial is a very handy tool, especially for digital artists. It can be used in various applications ranging from selecting pen input styles to colors and sizes.

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro 4 with Kaby Lake processor

Surface Dial, Surface Pen, and Surface Pro 4 (via microsoft.com)

In addition to the Surface Dial, Surface Pro 4 owners can also connect a wireless mouse to the tablet for that complete mobile office feel.

The Surface Pen also received a few handy upgrades from Microsoft. Now, it is made to be more precise with its 4096 pressure points, new tilt functionality, and an impressive 21-microsecond latency.

Easily connect third-party products

It is not a secret that Apple is quite picky when it comes to third-party products. Almost all of its products feature proprietary connectors and none of those industry standard ports like the microSD slot. Most newer iPads, including the current iPad Pro, has the Lightning port connector that serves as a charging port and data port. Apart from that, the only other connector it has is the 3.5mm headphone jack for audio.

On the other hand, the Surface Pro 4 has a few more industry standard ports for its users. The tablet has a microSD slot, a USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, and the run-of-the-mill 3.5mm headphone jack. Users will be able to easily add extra storage space to the tablet just by inserting a microSD to the slot. And for anyone who like carrying around cheap external hard drives, the USB 3.0 is more than capable of supporting fast data transfer.

Microsoft unveils new Surface Pro 4 with Kaby Lake processor

Surface Pro 4 (via microsoft.com)

Lighter and quieter than the previous model

Microsoft not only upgraded the internal hardware for the Surface Pro 4 but is also made it quieter and lighter. The same 12.3-inch form factor is now only 1.7 pounds. Also, Microsoft managed to forgo with fans so it runs quieter than ever.

The only ugly bit

As one would put it, it is not all rainbows and unicorns for the Surface Pro 4. It should be noted that for anyone looking for a Thunderbolt 3.0 connectivity will be disappointed to know that it still does not have one. Instead, the tablet still uses the same USB 3.0 interface as the with original model. Fortunately, it still runs on a full-fledged Windows 10 OS instead of the new Windows 10 S version.

New Surface Pro 4 is cheaper than ever

Finally, another thing that Surface Pro fans will be happy about is the fact that Microsoft has introduced further price reductions to the Surface Pro 4. Originally, the tablet starts at $899. Now, the new Surface Pro 4 can be had for only $799. This is quiet a good steal since the iPad Pro with the same storage will cost $100 more.

A beefed-up Surface Pro 4 will set anyone back a hefty $2,699. On the positive note, this setup includes an Intel i7 chip, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of flash storage.

According to the recently concluded Microsoft event in China, the Surface Pro 4 will be released starting June 15. The Surface Pen will be available in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the LTE version of the new tablet will arrive in store shelves later this year. For more updates on the Surface Pro 4, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

Also read: iPad Mini No More: Apple Reported to Discontinue iPad Mini in Favour of Redesigned iPad Pro

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