Microsoft announced the latest iteration of its 2-in-1 laptop, the Surface Pro at a press event in Shanghai, China on Tuesday.
The new hybrid computer, which can turn a tablet into a laptop, borrows largely from its predecessor in terms of design. It comes in the same detachable keyboard set up with an in-built kick stand, and doesn't come across as a major upgrade to the outgoing Surface Pro 4 at a first glance.
However, Microsoft has drastically improved the performance of the new laptop, which now features a seventh generation Intel Core processor powered by an upgraded battery capable of delivering 13.5 hours of usage.
A new version of the Surface Pen stylus is also out, which now supports tilt recognition for sketching.
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“People want beautiful and powerful devices, with all-day battery life and amazing digital inking experiences. They want to better express their ideas creatively while being able to work whenever, wherever and however they choose. The new Surface Pro delivers all that and more.” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Devices.
The tech giant has also significantly upgraded the kick stand of the Surface Pro: can be adjusted to an angle of 165 degrees, making writing or drawing on the screen with the stylus much easier.
The 2-in-1 laptop is compatible with the Surface Dial accessory, which Microsoft launched alongside the Surface Studio all-in-one PC in October 2016.
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The new versions of the Surface Pro’s optional keyboards will come in Alcantara fabric material – the same finish that raised eyebrows when it was used to cover the keyboard deck of Microsoft’s Surface Laptop.
The latest device will go on sale starting 15 June with a price tag of $799.
This article originally appeared on The Guardian