Microsoft takes aim at iPad with new Surface Pro

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The Surface Pro looks slick.
The Surface Pro looks slick.
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The iPad Pro is getting some fresh competition from Microsoft after the company just took the wraps off its newest tablet, the Surface Pro.

It’s been over 16 months since Microsoft’s would-be iPad-killer was last updated. Although its the 5th version of Microsoft’s tablet, this go around the company decided to ditch the number suffixes and pack the Surface Pro with more features than ever before.

Surface Pro vs iPad Pro

One of the biggest changes on the new Surface Pro is the removal of the internal fan in favor of passive cooling, making the 2-in-1 tablet more quite. If you get the version with an Intel i7 processor though it will still have one fan.

All the extra space vacated by the fans has been used to pack in four more hours of battery life over the previous generation. Instead of embracing USB-C like Apple though, Microsoft is sticking with USB-3.1.

Artists will be stoked to learn that the Surface Pen also received some big upgrades. The fancy stylus now has tilt support, allowing the screen to register the sides of the pen too. Drawing on the screen is also smoother. Microsoft says pen lag is down to just 21 milliseconds, making it twice as fast as the iPad Pro.

Prices of the Surface Pro start at $799 for the model with 128GB of storage, 4GB of RAM and an Intel Core m3 processor. The top-end model comes with 1TB of storage, Intel i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a fat $2,699 price tag. You can pre-order now with units expected to start shipping on June 15th.