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. Updated hardware was announced alongside Surface Laptop Go and Surface accessories on 1 October 2020. The device starts at $849.99 US/£849.99.
|Product family||Microsoft Surface|
|Release date||SQ1: 2 October 2019 |
SQ2: 1 October 2020
|Retail availability||SQ1: 22 October 2019 |
SQ2: 13 October 2020
|Introductory price||USD 1,000 to 1,800|
|Operating system||Windows 10|
|CPU||Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2 |
(co-developed with Qualcomm)
|Memory||8 or 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM|
|Storage||128, 256, or 512 GB removable SSD|
|Display||13-inch touchscreen |
2880 × 1920, 267 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio, 450 nits
|Graphics||SQ1:Adreno 685 GPU |
SQ2:Adreno 690 GPU
|Sound||2W stereo speakers Dolby Audio|
|Input||Built in: touchscreen, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer|
Sold separately: keyboard, touchpad, mouse, stylus pen, Surface Dial
|Camera||Front: 5 MP, 1080p HD |
Rear: 10 MP, 4K
|Touchpad||None, available with Surface Type Cover accessory|
|Connectivity||WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5, USB 3, LTE A, GPS|
|Online services||Microsoft Store, OneDrive|
|Dimensions||287 mm x 208 mm x 7.3 mm |
(11.3 in x 8.2 in x 0.28 in)
|Mass||774 g (1.706 lb) tablet|
|Predecessor||Surface Pro 6|
|Related articles||Surface Pro 7|
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. Microsoft has previously used ARM processors in the discontinued Surface RT and Windows Phone devices.
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.
|Surface Pro X configuration options|
|Price Tier in USD||CPU||GPU||RAM||Internal storage||Colors|
|1000||1100||Microsoft SQ1||Adreno 685||8 GB||128 GB||B|
|1500||1600||Microsoft SQ2||Adreno 690||16 GB||256 GB||B P|
|1800||1900||512 GB||B P|
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". 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.
The device's screen is a 13 inch touchscreen display, with smaller bezels compared to other Surface Pro devices.
The device uses Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2 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.
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. Emulation of x64 applications is an upcoming feature that is already available to Windows Insiders for testing. 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.
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