Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): Everything you need to know

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): Everything you need to know

Updated Dec. 7: We’ve updated this story with the price of the Surface Pro (2017) with LTE. See “Price and release date” below for more details.

With the the Surface Pro (2017), Microsoft has rebooted its flagship Surface product, one of the leading 2-in-1s in the category. It’s also shedding the numerical designations of prior products. If you’ve owned a Surface Pro 4, however, you already have a good idea of what Microsoft has in store for you with the new Surface Pro.

We’ve assembled everything we know about the new Surface Pro: the price and release date, the specs, and our official review. We’ve also answered some of the questions we think you’ll have about Microsoft’s new device.

Price and release date

You can preorder the Surface Pro now. As of June 15, you can now order all but the two most powerful Core i7 models of the Surface Pro—the 16GB RAM/512GB SSD and the the 16GB RAM/1 TB SSD. According to Microsoft, those models were previously scheduled to ship on June 30, but Microsoft has removed the estimated shipping dates. Otherwise, the Surface Pro will launch in 26 markets—including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, India, Taiwan, and more. Our news story from the Surface Pro launch has many more details.

Microsoft’s Surface products have never been cheap, and the Surface Pro’s base model is $100 more expensive than the base model for the Surface Pro 4. Keep in mind that the prices below include the Surface Pro tablet only. Microsoft doesn’t bundle it with any accessories at all, not even a keyboard, unless there’s a special promotion.

  • Intel Core m3, Intel HD Graphics 615, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $799
  • Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $999
  • Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $1,299
  • Intel Core i7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD: $1,599
  • Intel Core i7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD: $2,199
  • Intel Core i7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD: $2,699

Microsoft has also said that they plan to ship an LTE variant, which is reported to debut at Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in the U.K. on Halloween. Those prices are official:

  • Intel Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD: $1,149
  • Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256 GB SSD: $1,449

Graphics were not specified in the specs, though we’re assuming it’ll be Intel HD Graphics 620, as with the existing Core i5 models.

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Microsoft’s Surface Pro Signature Type Cover ships in three colors.

Accessory prices

Though you can use a Surface Pro as a simple tablet, you’ll almost certainly want to buy some of the accessories, all of which cost extra.

Keyboard: We’ll start with the one everyone will want—a Type Cover keyboard. Microsoft offers two: the Surface Pro Signature Type Cover ($159), clad in fancy Alcantara fabric, and the primarily plastic Microsoft Surface Pro Type Cover ($129).

Pen: Unlike the Surface Pros 3 and 4, Microsoft doesn’t include a new Surface Pen, which costs $100 extra.

Both the Pen and Signature Type Covers ship in three colors: platinum, burgundy, and cobalt blue. The generic Surface Pro Type Cover is available only in black.

Mouse: Though both Type Covers include a trackpad, an optional Surface Arc Mouse will be available at launch for $80.

Surface Dock: The Surface Dock, a port expander which adds four additional USB ports and two miniDP connections, is $200.

While it’s not available now, Microsoft says it will ship a version of the Surface Pro with integrated LTE later this year. A version with the new Windows 10 S operating system, rather than the usual Windows 10 Pro, is also planned.

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Two of the optional Surface Arc Mice.

PCWorld’s full review

In PCWorld’s review of the Surface Pro we gave the flagship 2-in-1 3.5 out of 5 stars, chiefly for three reasons: the excessive price of our review unit, the incremental improvements over the Surface Pro 4, and the quality of the competition. The performance improvements offered by the new Kaby Lake CPU and Iris Plus graphics are marvelous, but it’s hard to swallow high prices that do not include a Type Cover or a Surface Pen (both pricey in their own right).

Video

The Surface Pro seems nearly identical to the Surface Pro 4, but the differences in CPU, graphics, and features do matter—for better and for worse. Watch our review video to see more.