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Microsoft releases new Surface Pro 11 with optional 120 Hz OLED display and Snapdragon X Plus or Snapdragon X Elite chipsets

Microsoft is offering the new Surface Pro in considerably more SKUs than its predecessors. (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft is offering the new Surface Pro in considerably more SKUs than its predecessors. (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft has finally replaced the Surface Pro 9 that it announced in 2022. Arriving in the wake of the 'for Business' Surface Pro 10, Microsoft has decided to jump straight to the Surface Pro 11 for its first full ARM-powered consumer release. Other exclusives to the Surface Pro 11 in the series include an optional OLED display that outputs at 2.8K and 120 Hz.

The new Surface Pro has joined the plethora of first-generation Snapdragon X-powered devices that Windows OEMs have announced today. Incidentally, the Surface Pro is the only Snapdragon X-powered 2-in-1 that has been announced today. Thus, Microsoft's latest Surface Pro stands with the MINISFORUM V3 as being the few 2-in-1s that have eschewed Intel processors in favour of other architectures. For context, a new cheaper MINISFORUM V3 has only just arrived, full details of which we have covered separately.

Currently, Microsoft uses two principal names to describe the new Surface Pro 9 successor (curr. $999.99 on Amazon): Surface Pro Copilot+ PC and Surface Pro 11th Edition. For simplicity's sake, we shall refer to the device as the Surface Pro 11. As expected, the Surface Pro 11 combines the Snapdragon X platform with an optional OLED display. For reference, the latter outputs at 2,880 x 1,920 pixels in a 3:2 aspect ratio with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Its peak brightness value remains unknown for now, though.

It is worth noting that SKUs with OLED displays come with slightly larger batteries than their LCD counterparts. According to Microsoft's technical specifications, while the former is joined by a 53 Wh nominal capacity, the latter receives a 48 Wh battery instead. Nonetheless, all Surface Pro 11 models utilise LPDDR5X RAM, PCIe 4 storage, a Surface Connect port and two USB4 connections.

Furthermore, Microsoft has upgraded the Surface Pro to a QHD front-facing facing, which is joined by a 10 MP rear-facing sensor. The Surface Pro 11 starts at $899.99 with an LCD or $1,349.99 for its OLED variant. Also, despite coming with 16 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage as standard, 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage SKUs are available with OLED display models. On top of that, all Surface Pro 11 SKUs are tied to Wi-Fi only connectivity, although Microsoft hopes to remedy this with 5G options later this year.

(Image source: Microsoft)
(Image source: Microsoft)

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Alex Alderson, 2024-05-21 (Update: 2024-05-21)