Microsoft Surface Pro 6 has officially announced the new version of its Surface Pro 6 tablet
with Windows 10, a new update for its Surface Pro tablet series,
which adds a stronger processor than the eighth generation of Intel processors,
and also offers a new version in a distinctive black color,
which is The first time that Microsoft has provided a Surface Pro in black, about 5 years ago.
Microsoft said that the new Surface Pro 6 is the most powerful and fastest version of Surface Pro ever,
as it comes with the latest 8th generation processors from Intel,
which are quad-core processors that offer performance faster than 67% compared to the previous generation
or Surface Pro 5, The American company also said that it has redesigned the device internally
to improve the cooling system and provide a longer battery life of up to 13.5 hours?
- Optional new matte black finish
- Latest Intel Core i processors (8th Gen)
Surface Pro 6 is visually identical to its predecessor.
It’s got the same footprint, same ports, and the same feature set.
The only differences for the 2018 model are an optional matte black finish,
the latest 8th Gen Intel Core I processors, and a slight price bump too.
Surface Pro 6 Design
- 1x full-size USB 3.0, 1x Mini DisplayPort, 1x 3.5mm audio jack, 1x microSD card slot
- Infinite hinge angles to 165-degrees for versatile positioning
- Dimensions: 292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5mm; Weight: 770g
But just because it looks the same doesn’t mean it’s not great.
Surface Pro 6 is a good looking tablet-meets-laptop device.
It’s not too big, it’s not too heavy, and with the keyboard, dock attached it’s a genuinely viable laptop alternative.
The adjustable stand to the rear is a major part of the Surface Pro’s design,
which is able to adjust to near-infinite positions. So whether you want it near upright
or right down to near-flat 165-degrees then all it takes is a little pull or press in the right direction.
It’s a sturdy design that no other maker has matched with the same deftness.
As for connectivity, the Pro 6 sticks with the full-size USB 3.0. We don’t doubt that this port should exist,
but what the Pro 6 is sorely lacking is an additional USB-C port to help future-proof the design.
If you’re going to be using a laptop for three or more years then you’ll want it to be ready.
Rather than of USB-C there’s a mini DisplayPort, when we’d like to see all three present.
As ever, the Surface Pro takes that ‘Pro’ line seriously, deploying Windows 10 Pro,
which is fitting of its market position. No Windows 10 S to be seen here, as you’ll find in the Surface Laptop proposition.
That means the Pro can handle Windows executable files, not just Store apps like its Laptop cousin.
Surface Pro 6 Display
- 12.3-inch ‘PixelSense’ display: 2736 x 1824, 3:2 aspect
- 10-point multi-touch operation
The Surface Pro 6 has used the same display for a number of generations now.
This 12.3-inch panel is very fine indeed, with so-called PixelSense –
yes, it’s just a marketing term – meaning there are heaps of pixels at play.
Almost five million of them, in fact, which ensures that content looks ultra crisp.
Our only real complaint is the screen’s glossy surface. Just as we said of the Pro 5, the 6’s coating is just as reflective.
It’s not mirror-like exactly, but if you allow your eyes to drift then you might catch your own reflection and find it rather distracting.
Especially in sunlight should you be working on the move.
Surface Pro 6 Optional accessories
- Optional: Surface Pen (£100), Surface Keyboard (£125)
- Older Surface Pro keyboards will also fit
Out of the box the Surface Pro 6 is effectively a tablet.
A chunky and powerful one, but no more than a slate as there’s no keyboard or stylus in the box.
Performance and Battery life
- Intel Core 8th Gen i5 or i7 options, to 16GB RAM
- Full Windows 10 Pro included (not Windows 10 S)
- Windows Hello face authentication camera
- Base model: £879 (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD)
- Top-spec model: £2,149 (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD)
The biggest change in the Surface Pro 6 is what you can’t see.
The Intel Core M offering from the 2017 models has been dropped in favour of Intel Core i5/i7,
which are not only more powerful, but also fanless.
The great thing about 8th Gen Intel Core i processors is that they’re fanless and don’t require noisy cooling.
As a result the Surface Pro 6 is wonderfully quiet.
Which might sound like a small thing, but the number of whistly, whiney laptops
that we’ve seen over the years makes this experience simply more tranquil.
When we reviewed the Surface Pro 5, Microsoft sent us the most powerful version, which resulted in so-so battery life.
For the Surface Pro 6, however, Microsoft has sent us the entry-level Intel Core i5 model
with 8GB RAM. As a result, battery life is a lot, lot better.
With the screen brightness set to the maximum, we’ve been able to watch YouTube videos for seven hours.
With the 2017 model (with Core i7 caveat noted) that was just four hours.
This is thanks to better power consumption from the 8th Gen chipset,
plus a better balance in setup: the Core i5 option,
for us, is the best match in this form factor when you’ll want to be working out and about.
Although the Surface Pro 6 is essentially a soft update of the Surface Pro 5
with better chipset options and therefore battery life – it’s still the best-in-class laptop replacement on the market.
And it looks particularly fetching in matte black.
No, there’s no USB-C. Yes, the screen bezels are still quite large compared to the current competition.
It’s not getting any cheaper either, with the ‘entry’ combination of Pro 6 and a keyboard accessory costing over a grand.
But it doesn’t matter: the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is a really well made
and great performing Windows device that looks and performs better than many of its rivals.
- Class-leading design for a 2-in-1
- Great screen resolution and brightness
- Plenty of power available from such a form factor
- Battery improved over previous Intel Core i model
- Hardly any different to the 2017 version
- Still no USB-C port
- Keyboard not included
- Can get very expensive (to the point a laptop might make more sense)