Surface Pro 4 Review – Best 2-in-1 Tablet of 2015
The 2-in-1 tablet which was officially released on October 26 has a price that starts at $899. The device is the biggest rival to Apple’s iPad Pro, but it has a screen flickering issue which was discovered by some users and Microsoft had to release a new driver for the HD Graphics 520 integrated graphics unit, in order to fix the problem. In addition, the audio driver, the pen settings driver and embed controller had to be updated, in order to be compatible with the upgraded HD Graphics 520. Unfortunately, the UK fans will need to wait until April 2016, in order to get their hands on the Surface Pro 4.
The Surface Pro 4 comes with a magnesium body which measures 292.1 mm (width) x 201.42 mm (height) x 8.45 mm (depth) and it sports a 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display which supports 2736×1824 pixels at 267ppi, has a 3:2 aspect ratio and supports 1024 levels of pressure.
Microsoft released it with Windows 10 Pro out of the box and offered a variety of hardware configurations, but, basically all processors are Intel Skylake with two cores, but there are three variants of models and they’re paired with different integrated graphics units, RAM capacities and internal memories. So, the m3-6Y30 processor clocked at 900 MHz (up to 2.2 GHz) is paired with Intel HD graphics 515, the i5-6300U processor clocked at 2.4 GHz (up to 3.0 GHz) is paired with Intel HD graphics 520 and the i7-6650U processor clocked at 2.2 GHz (up to 3.4 GHz) is paired with Intel Iris 540 graphics. Depending on the configuration, the Surface Pro 4 has 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB or 1 TB of storage. The tablet has a camera that is compatible with Windows Hello, with which the user can be authenticated.
Compared to the Surface Pro 3, the successor is 30 percent faster, while, compared to the MacBook Air laptop, it’s 50 percent faster. The Surface Pen tool, which is included in the box, has an eraser and magnetic storage and its battery can last up to one year. The Type Cover, however, isn’t free, and you can buy it from Microsoft’s online store, where it costs $130. It’s available in six colors, it’s very thin and light and has an integrated backlit keyboard, along with a glass trackpad with a larger precision. Also, there is a fingerprint scanner which works with Windows Hello.
In September was rumored that Microsoft will release a smaller Surface Pro 4 with a 12-inch screen and a larger tablet with a 14-inch screen, but Digitimes didn’t get this information from the best sources.