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Microsoft officially unveils the Surface Pro 6 2-in-1 tablet

The new Surface Pro 6 is now available in black, in addition to the platinum option. (Source: Microsoft)
The new Surface Pro 6 is now available in black, in addition to the platinum option. (Source: Microsoft)
The Surface Pro 6 tablet is now available in black, as well as the usual platinum color option. Users can now choose among Intel's i5-8250U and i7-8550U ULV CPUs, 8 or 16 GB of RAM and 128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB/ 1 TB PCIe NVMe storage capacities. The USB-C connector is still missing, but at least Microsoft lowered the prices for the high-end variants.

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It looks like the previews for the Surface Pro 6 tablets were not fake at all, as Microsoft’s official unveil confirmed most of the “leaked” specs. Users who were waiting for the inclusion of a USB-C port will be disappointed to see that Microsoft still has not listened to their feedback, unfortunately. However, Microsoft did add a few new upgrades and a new color option, while the pricing scheme makes the top configurations more affordable now.

Regarding the color options, the new Surface Pro 6 will now be available in platinum and the new black color. As revealed by last week’s previews, the new tablet packs more power with the addition of Intel’s i5-8250U and i7-8550U gen 8 ULV CPUs. Display-wise, the tablet integrates the same 12.3-inch screen with 2,736 x 1,824 resolution and 3:2 ratio as the 2017 version, but Microsoft improved the contrast ratio this time around. There are two cameras now, an 8 MP rear one and a 5 MP selfie with 1080p video capabilities.

Other features include:
•    8 GB / 16 GB RAM (the i5 CPU variants may opt for either configuration, while the i7 ones only come with 16 GB RAM)
•    128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB/ 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD storage capacities
•    Intel UHD Graphics 620 iGPU
•    Audio jack, mini DisplayPort, Surface Connect port, MicroSDXC card reader
•    Dual array microphones
•    1.6 W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
•    Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
•    Battery lasting up to 13.5 hours
•    Windows 10 Home
•    1.71 lbs (i5) / 1.75 lbs (i7) weight

Microsoft tried to bring down the MSRP for the high-end configurations, but, overall, the prices still seem too high. The base model equipped with the i5-8250U CPU, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage is priced at US$899, while the Core i7-8550U model with 16 GB RAM and 1 TB PCIe SSD is now US$2,299 (US$500 cheaper than the 2017 top variant).

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Bogdan Solca, 2018-10- 3 (Update: 2018-10- 4)
Bogdan Solca
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I stepped into the wonderous IT&C world when I was around 7. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, be them from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I like to keep myself up to date with all the new technologies that get released at an ever increasing rate these days. I'm also an avid SciFi reader, an astrophysics aficionado and, as of late, a crypto geek.