Microsoft Surface Pro 4 coming to India in January
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a keynote address at Microsoft‘s Future Unleashed event in Mumbai has confirmed that the latest Surface Pro 4 tablet will be launching in India by January.
Nadella did not give an exact launch date or price for the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The successor to the widely successful Surface Pro 3, the Surface Pro 4, is the 4th-generation of company’s own tablet lineup and was launched last month. It was priced starting $899 (roughly Rs. 59,000).
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 features a 12.3-inch (2736×1824 pixel) Pixel Touch display with a 3:2 aspect ratio, but the size of the tablet is not larger than the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 as the company has reduced the bezel width. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4 – which as the company noted at the event is only 0.4mm thick.
There is a new stylus too. The company called its new stylus, the Surface Pen and it comes with an eraser. The new Surface Pen can detect 1,024 points of pressure. You click the tip of the pen and the Surface Pro 4 opens Microsoft OneNote. The Pen also comes with Cortana integration.
The Surface Pro 4 comes with a choice of Intel’s 6th-generation Core processors, from Core M3 for the base model, to Core i5 and Core i7 options. These configurations are powered by Intel HD Graphics 515, Intel HD Graphics 520, and Intel Iris Graphics respectively.
The company at the launch event had claimed that the Surface Pro 4 was 30 percent faster than the Surface Pro 3, and was 50 percent faster than Apple’s MacBook Air. It comes with up to 16GB of RAM (4GB base model), and up to a whopping 1TB of SSD storage (starts at 128GB). It features four USB 3.0 ports, an Ethernet port, and a fingerprint scanner.
It also comes with two 4K Mini DisplayPorts. Microsoft said the Surface Pro 4 will offer up to 9 hours of battery life. It bears an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is expected to enter the Indian markets by January 2016 and although the pricing isn’t yet known, expect premium pricing, depending upon the configuration selected.
In the US, the Surface Pro 4 starts at $899 which is close to Rs 60,000. Microsoft will certainly be looking to target the high end consumers including professional and business users with the Surface Pro 4. So will this be the hybrid to beat when it launches? Only time will tell.