In short: As working and studying from home is still the standard way to get things done, consumers are looking for a new treat from Microsoft, as the company has updated the Surface Pro 7 with more powerful internals, a removable SSD and optional 4G connectivity.
On Monday, Microsoft’s Surface family of devices got a new member in the form of Surface Pro 7+, a model designed specifically for schools and business customers and based on the successful formula of the original Surface Pro 7 from 2017.
The overall design has not changed, as the Redmond giant says it “committed to commercial customers about the continuity of form factor.” This means that everything down to the location of the microphone, magnets, card reader (microSDXC) and ports (a USB-C without Thunderbolt 4, a USB-A 3.2 Gen 2 and a headphone jack) are the same. However, Microsoft upgraded the internals with the latest 11th generation Tiger Lake U processors, which Intel introduced in September last year, with Xe graphics and AI acceleration.
Surface Pro 7+ can be configured with everything from an Intel Core i3-1115G4 paired with 8 GB RAM to a Core i7-1165G7 equipped with 32 GB RAM. An even more convenient CPU configuration is the Core i5-1135G7, which has optional LTE connectivity and eSIM support in over 180 countries. It is also worth noting that only the i7 model has a fan, while the others should be perfect if you need to keep noise to a minimum.
The base model starts with 128 GB SSD storage, while the maximized configuration comes with 1 TB of storage. More importantly, the SSD is removable just as it is with the ARM-based Surface Pro X. The Surface Pro 7+ should be able to be upgraded by the user since it is an M.2 2230 module. Other notable features include a larger battery that can provide up to 15 hours of use and a 1080p front camera that is optimized for weak environments, such as those found at home.
As is the case with Microsoft products designed for business and education, it is not clear when you can take one yourself, but we know that prices start at $ 899 for the Core i3 model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD and $ 1149 for Core i5 with LTE models. The top model with a Core i7 processor, 32 GB of RAM and 1 TB of storage will give you $ 2,799. Microsoft plans to ship these from January 15 to customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and the EU.