Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is the latest iteration of the company’s hybrid Windows 10 tablet, and a successor the Surface Pro after the company skipped Surface Pro 5. The Surface Pro 6 is stylish and doubles up as a laptop thanks to its kickstand and the optional snap-on keyboard. In addition to this, a new range of optional Type Covers ship in four colors – red, blue, gray and black while the Surface Pen still remains optional.
The Surface Pro 6 looks almost identical to its predecessor, but has slightly rounded edges, available in black colour, available in different combinations of internal storage and RAM and powered by 8th Gen Intel Whiskey Lake processor. The Surface Pro 6 travels with a magnetically-attached smart keyboard that you can swap out with alternate models.
On the specifications front, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 features 12.3-inch 3:2 PixelSense 10 point multi-touch IPS display with a resolution of 2,736 x 1,824 pixels and there is an intelligent inking feature too. The screen size is big enough for gaming, surfing and video watching experience.
The changes are all under the hood, the Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is powered by the Intel’s Whiskey Lake processor series, replacing last year’s Kaby Lake processors. Intel’s 8th generation Core i5 and i7 processor are 1.5 times faster, 67 percent powerful when compared with the previous model, 2017’s Surface Pro and include an increased USB support for up to 10GB/s, increased turbo clocking and Intel UHD Graphics 620. It also supports UHD displays and a greater CPU cache than Kaby Lake which means it performs noticeably better. According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 6 comes with an improved cooling system and this was updated to make a way for the new Intel Whiskey Lake processor inside.
On the memory front, the laptop is equipped with various SSD options – 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB and coupled with an 8GB or 16GB of RAM, thereby making it possible to store ample amount of data.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 comes with Windows 10 Home, upgraded with its latest update offering. This means that many of the new features of the operating system update are available from day one. Some of the features are Timeline, Your Phone App, Microsoft Edge Learning Tools and more.
- Timeline: It lets you access recent files, simplify navigating multiple tabs and applications.
- Your Phone App: It lets you sync your phone and Surface Pro 6 seamlessly which means that you can text from the Surface Pro 6, or transfer photos seamlessly, a useful feature for people who have trouble sending files over Wi-Fi.
- Microsoft Edge Learning Tools: It is an improved set of tools to improve your work as it includes a dictionary and a thesaurus, and is available on Microsoft Edge even when offline.
The Surface Pro 6 retains the 8.0MP autofocus rear camera with 1080p video recording and a 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p video recording from last year’s Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro 6 measures 292 x 201 x 8.5 mm and weighs 775 g (i5) / 792 g (i7).
The Surface Pro 6 includes the same connectivity features as the existing model, which means you’ll still see a full-sized USB 3.0 Port, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a mini Display port, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, a proprietary Surface Connector, Surface Type Cover, and there are no USB-C ports. The onboard sensors on Surface Pro 6 are Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope
The Surface Pro 6 is loaded with 1.6W Stereo with Dolby Audio Premium and Stereo microphones for a great audio experience.
The new internal design also improves battery life and all the above features ensure that you breeze through all your tasks throughout the day. According to Microsoft, the Surface Pro 6 is backed up by a battery that keeps the device running for up to 13.5 hours.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 is priced starting at US $899 (£879 in the UK, AU$1,349 in Australia, ₹ 83,999 in India), with an optional-but-not-really $129 keyboard accessory available for purchase that can turn it into a lightweight, touchscreen laptop. Also, the Surface Pen still work on the device, you’ll just have to shell out around £100 to acquire one — or just use the same one from your Surface Pro 3 (or later) device.
Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Technical Specifications
|Type of Product||Tablet|
|Model||Surface Pro 6|
|Colour||Matte Black, Platinum Silver|
|Warranty||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|Sales Package||Surface Pro 6, Power Supply, Quick Start Guide, Safety and warranty documents|
|Display Resolution||2736 x 1824 pixels|
|Pixel Density||267 ppi|
|Display Type||Capacitive, PixelSense Display|
|Display Touchscreen||Yes, 10 point multi-touch|
|Stylus Input||Built for Windows Ink (Active)|
|Maximum Boost Speed||2.60GHz|
|Graphic Processor||Intel UHD Graphics 620|
|Operating System||Surface Pro 6 – Windows 10 Home|
Surface Pro 6 for Business – Windows 10 Pro
|Preloaded Software||Microsoft Office 365 30-day trial|
|Security||TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security|
Enterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in
|Capacity||8GB or 16GB RAM|
|RAM Speed||1866 MHz|
|Optical Drive Type||No|
|HDD Capacity||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB|
|HDD Speed (RPM)||NA|
|HDD Type||Solid-state drive (SSD)|
|Wireless LAN||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Number of Ethernet Ports||No|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope|
|Number of USB Ports (Total)||3|
|USB 3.1 Type A Ports||1|
|USB 3.0 Type C Ports||NA|
|Number of HDMI Outputs||NA|
|Number of Thunderbolt 3 Ports||NA|
|Number of Mini DisplayPort||1|
|Number of Surface Connect port||1|
|Number of Surface Type Cover port||1|
|SD Card Reader||Yes, microSDXC card reader|
|Headphone Jack||Yes, 3.5mm audio combo jack|
|Secondary cam (Rear-facing)||Yes, 5.0MP|
|Rear Camera Flash||No|
|Audio Solution||Yes, 1.6W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium|
|Sound Technologies||Dolby Audio Premium|
|In-built Microphone||Yes, 2x Integrated Microphone|
|Keyboard||Virtual, Full-sized and spill-resistant Keyboard|
|Casing||Signature unibody magnesium design with hidden perimeter venting|
|Physical Buttons||Volume, Power|
|Product Height||201 mm|
|Product Width||292 mm|
|Product Depth||8 mm|
|AC Adapter||46.5 Wh|
|Battery Life||Up to 13.5 hours of local video playback|