Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro X, a new ultra-slim 2-in-1 powered by an ARM processor.
The device is 5.3mm thin and weighs 0.72kg. It also features a 13-inch PixelSense display with a 2880 x 1920-pixel resolution, a 267ppi and 1400:1 contrast ratio.
The Pro X also includes two USB-C ports, fast charging, LTE and a custom Microsoft SQ1 processor developed through a partnership with Qualcomm.
The Pro X is ARM-based and is the first Microsoft laptop since 2013’s Surface 2 to be powered by this chip type. Because the processor is powered by ARM architecture, it lacks Intel technology and features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx chip. Together with Qualcomm, Microsoft developed the new ARM processor called the SQ1.
Surface Chief Panos Panay says the Surface Pro X features three times more performance per watt when compared to the Surface Pro 6. ARM processors typically utilize less power, though the new SQ1 runs at seven watts, which is part of why the hybrid device is more powerful than last year’s Surface Pro 6.
The Surface Slim Pen attaches to the Pro X’s keyboard, which also charges the stylus. As soon as the Surface Pen is removed from the Pro X, a new context menu appears, allowing users to access apps like Whiteboard.
Microsoft says the Pro X features nearly 13 hours of battery life, and similar to the Surface Laptop 3, it’s capable of charging to 80 percent in just one hour.
Additionally, the Pro X features a removable solid-state drive. The device comes with either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, and can include up to 512GB of storage. The Pro X also features a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera. Further, Microsoft says it also included dual far-field studio mics, with 2w stereo speakers.
The Surface Pro X launches November 5th and will cost $999 USD (about $1,330 CAD). MobileSyrup has reached out to Microsoft Canada for specific Canadian pricing and availability.