The Surface Pro X is Microsoft's thinnest and most powerful Windows on ARM device yet

Cal Jeffrey

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Microsoft had a slew of new announcements at its Surface event on Wednesday. In addition to the Surface Pro 7, Redmond is adding a new device to its Pro line called the Surface Pro X that is three times more powerful per watt that the Surface Pro 6.

Surface Pro X weighs in at 1.68 pounds and measures only 5.3mm. The 13-inch bezel-free display helps to trim down the form factor even more. With an anodized aluminum chassis, it is the lightest and thinnest Surface device the company has put out.

The Pro X sports the new Microsoft SQ1 CPU based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon mobile SoC architecture with an integrated Adreno 685 iGPU. Microsoft says that the graphics processor is powerful enough to perform two teraflops of graphical computations.

The SQ1 processor is a 7w chip but generally runs at about 2w. Microsoft claims that this allows the Surface Pro X to run for around 13 hours on a charge. It also has the same fast charging that Microsoft introduced across entire Surface family. It can charge to 80-percent capacity in just under an hour.

Connectivity features include the expected WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, but also unexpected LTE Advanced support. Cellular connectivity is provided via a Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem.

It has a removable SSD starting a 128GB but supports up to 512GB. So expanding storage after the fact is a non-issue.

Of course, the device supports Microsoft’s new Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen and Surface Arc Mouse. Although the accessories are sold separately, some will like the portability of an ultra thin, with the versatility of a 2-in-1. The keyboard has a dock that the pen fits right in to charge and is concave enough to allow the Surface Pro X to fold down on it to fully close like a laptop would.

On the software side of things, the new 2-in-1 comes installed with either Windows 10 Home or Pro. It also has a 30-day trial of Microsoft Office.

Microsoft also says that it has designed an AI engine that helps out with AI tasks and requires very little in the way of CPU cycles.

Pre-orders for the Surface Pro X began today. The Pro X starts at $999 on the low end, ships on November 5.

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amghwk

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How is this the most powerful in it's family? Is it faster than it's family that has a core i7?
 

captaincranky

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@Cal Jeffrey I'm quoting here, "Surface Pro X weighs in at 1.68 pounds and measures only 5.3mm. The 13-inch bezel-free display helps to trim down the form factor even more.".

Given that "5.3 mm" is about a quarter of an inch, what do you think the odds are that we'll start to get reports of "bending", similar to those Apple has experienced with its iPad devices?
 

Steveb8189

TS Booster
What does "bezel-free display" actually mean? Whilst the whole display is flat there seems to be a big black frame around the actual image. ok, so it's not a raised bezel but still, not my understanding of bezel-free
 

Squid Surprise

TS Evangelist
I'd love to see some benchmarks... how does it compare to the Surface 6 and 7? And no, I don't care about "performance per watt"... Battery life seems to be virtually identical to the 6, so I want to know if it's worth upgrading...
 

Cal Jeffrey

TS Evangelist
Staff member
@Cal Jeffrey I'm quoting here, "Surface Pro X weighs in at 1.68 pounds and measures only 5.3mm. The 13-inch bezel-free display helps to trim down the form factor even more.".

Given that "5.3 mm" is about a quarter of an inch, what do you think the odds are that we'll start to get reports of "bending", similar to those Apple has experienced with its iPad devices?
I would not bet on those odds.
 

Gezzer

TS Enthusiast
This is the laptop I was looking for!!!
I'd be very careful when deciding on a Pro X. MS has a history of creating these devices and then abandoning them just as fast. Ask anyone who bought the Surface RT. Being ARM based (just like the RT) means that it can only run apps designed to run on ARM processors in it's pseudo Windows environment. Because there's no way it'll be running Android.
So if MS decides to withdraw support you could end up with little more than a boat anchor in a couple of years. I'd get a Chromebook before I'd get a Pro X. But then again I wouldn't actually get either and just use a 2 in 1 tablet or an actual laptop. While long term usability is never a guarantee, any of those other choices I listed have a better chance of still being viable 4-5 years from now.
 
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Bao Nguyen

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I wonder what kind of professionals does this device targets at? Clearly not software developers as Visual Studio 2019 won't run on Windows 10 on ARM.
 

candle_86

TS Enthusiast
Bad buy, I still have my surface rt I bought on launch day and guess what, it's worthless, it's been worthless. The ecosystem never devolped, they'd be tying into the win10 arm store, aka Windows phone. I still have my Lumia Icon on 10 mobile, none of the apps have been updated in quite awhile. It's why I use Android now, but it's got a great camera lol.