Surface Pro X

The Surface Pro X is a 2-in-1 detachable tablet computer developed by Microsoft. It was developed alongside and was announced on 2 October 2019 alongside the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3.[1] Updated hardware was announced alongside Surface Laptop Go and Surface accessories on 1 October 2020.[2] The device starts at $849.99 US/£849.99.[3][4]

Surface Pro X
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DeveloperMicrosoft
Product familyMicrosoft Surface
Type2-in-1 detachable
GenerationSeventh
Release dateSQ1: 2 October 2019;
23 months ago
 (2019-10-02)
SQ2: 1 October 2020;
11 months ago
 (2020-10-01)
Retail availabilitySQ1: 22 October 2019;
22 months ago
 (2019-10-22)
SQ2: 13 October 2020;
11 months ago
 (2020-10-13)
Introductory priceUSD 1,000 to 1,800
Operating systemWindows 10
CPUMicrosoft SQ1 or SQ2
(co-developed with Qualcomm)
Memory8 or 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM
Storage128, 256, or 512 GB removable SSD
Removable storageNone
Display13-inch touchscreen
PixelSense display
2880 × 1920, 267 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio, 450 nits
GraphicsSQ1:Adreno 685 GPU
SQ2:Adreno 690 GPU
Sound2W stereo speakers Dolby Audio
InputBuilt in: touchscreen, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Sold separately: keyboard, touchpad, mouse, stylus pen, Surface Dial
CameraFront: 5 MP, 1080p HD
Rear: 10 MP, 4K
TouchpadNone, available with Surface Type Cover accessory
ConnectivityWiFi 5, Bluetooth 5, USB 3, LTE A, GPS
Online servicesMicrosoft Store, OneDrive
Dimensions287 mm x 208 mm x 7.3 mm
(11.3 in x 8.2 in x 0.28 in)
Mass774 g (1.706 lb) tablet
PredecessorSurface Pro 6
Related articlesSurface Pro 7
Websitewww.surface.com

The Surface Pro X comes with a Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2 ARM processor, which the company claimed has three times the performance of an x86 MacBook Air, whilst also having a 13-hour battery life. This is due to the increased power efficiency of ARM processors compared to traditional x86 processors.[1][5][6] Microsoft has previously used ARM processors in the discontinued Surface RT and Windows Phone devices.

ConfigurationEdit

The Surface Pro X starts at $849.99/£849.99 for the cheapest model, with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

The device can be bought with either 8 GB or 16 GB RAM. Users can also choose between 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB of storage.[7]

Surface Pro X configuration options[8][9]
Price Tier in USD CPU GPU RAM Internal storage Colors
Consumer Business
1000 1100 Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685 8 GB 128 GB  B 
1300 1400 256 GB  B 
1500 1600 16 GB  B 
1800 1900 512 GB  B 
1500 1600 Microsoft SQ2 Adreno 690 16 GB 256 GB  B   P 
1800 1900 512 GB  B   P 

 Platinum   Black 

Hardware and designEdit

The Surface Pro X is the 7th addition to Surface Pro lineup alongside the Surface Pro 7. Microsoft markets the tablet as a "go-anywhere, do-anything PC".[10] Microsoft claims the Surface Pro X's battery can last up to 13 hours of use.

Compared to the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Pro X is slimmer and has rounder edges featuring a matte black finish construction in platinum and black finish. The device contains 2 USB C ports, an eSIM and a SIM card slot for LTE, a removable SSD, and the Surface Connect port for charging. There are no microSD card slot and headphone jack on the tablet, requiring its users to use dongles and USB-C or Bluetooth enabled headphones.[10]

The device's screen is a 13 inch touchscreen display, with smaller bezels compared to other Surface Pro devices.[11]

The device uses Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2[12] ARM processors co-developed by Qualcomm, based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 1 and Gen 2 processors respectively. A Qualcomm X24 LTE modem is also featured in the device for both processors.

SoftwareEdit

The Surface Pro X comes pre-installed with an ARM-based version of Windows 10, which supports ARM32 and ARM64 UWP and desktop apps from the Microsoft Store or from other sources. x86 applications can be run through emulation, addressing a major issue of Windows RT.[13][14][15] Emulation of x64 applications is an upcoming feature that is already available to Windows Insiders for testing.[16] In addition, Hyper-V can be installed on ARM64 devices such as the Surface Pro X running the Pro or Enterprise editions of Windows 10.[17]

TimelineEdit

Surface DuoSurface Hub 2SSurface HubSurface Studio 2Surface StudioSurface Laptop GoSurface Laptop 4Surface Laptop 3Surface Laptop 2Surface LaptopSurface Book 3Surface Book 2Surface BookSurface Pro XSurface Pro 7 PlusSurface Pro 7Surface Pro 6Surface Pro (2017)Surface Pro 4Surface Pro 3Surface Pro 2Surface ProSurface Go 2Surface GoSurface 3Surface 2Surface (2012 tablet)


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Faulkner, Cameron (2 October 2019). "How to preorder Microsoft's new Surface hardware". The Verge. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Microsoft's updated Surface Pro X has a faster processor and new platinum color option". The Verge. 1 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Meet the New Surface Pro X – Ultra-thin and Always Connected – Microsoft Surface". Microsoft Store. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Meet the New Surface Pro X – Ultra-thin and always connected – Microsoft Surface". Microsoft Store. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  5. ^ "ARM Takes Wing: Qualcomm vs. Intel CPU comparison". The Cloudflare Blog. 8 November 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  6. ^ Dubey, Yetnesh (22 April 2019). "CPU Comparison: X86 vs ARM — Will Intel i9 9900K Stay Atop?". Fossbytes. Retrieved 10 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Configure your Surface Pro X". Microsoft Store.
  8. ^ "Configure Surface Pro X". Microsoft Store.
  9. ^ "Configure Surface Pro X for Business". Microsoft Store.
  10. ^ a b Brant, Tom (6 November 2019). "Microsoft Surface Pro X". PC Mag.
  11. ^ Warren, Tom (6 November 2019). "Surface Pro X vs Pro 7: ARM Needs Some Legs". The Verge.
  12. ^ Blog, Microsoft Devices (1 October 2020). "Introducing Surface Laptop Go, new updates to Surface Pro X and new accessories". Microsoft Devices Blog. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  13. ^ hickeys. "Windows 10 on ARM - UWP applications". docs.microsoft.com. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  14. ^ hickeys. "How x86 and ARM32 emulation work on ARM - UWP applications". docs.microsoft.com. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  15. ^ Tracy, Phillip (8 October 2019). "Surface Pro X with ARM CPU: What It Can (and Can't) Run". LaptopMag. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  16. ^ "Microsoft announces support for x64 emulation on Windows 10 on ARM". MSPoweruser. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  17. ^ Blog, Windows Insider (21 May 2020). "Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19631". Windows Insider Blog. Retrieved 22 January 2021.