21 December 2020
Microsoft has announced a new Surface convertible named Surface Pro 7 Plus. It is currently limited to business and education sector customers with no words on general availability. The device looks exactly like the standard Surface Pro 7 and even has the same port options as well as placements. The major differences are on the spec-sheet where the team has made some noteworthy improvements.
The Surface Pro 7 Plus comes with removable SSD storage which will be a boon for IT employees. Microsoft says it "helps commercial organizations comply with specific data retention standards. It also facilitates servicing and repair in the unlikely event of an SSD failure. Enterprise customers no longer need to ship devices back to Microsoft, leaving employees with loaner devices for days."
There is also support for LTE, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, which should help users with the need for on-the-go internet connectivity. The battery capacity on the new variant is 50.4Wh, a significant boost over the standard model's 46.5Wh. It is claimed to last for up to 15 hours on a single charge (mixed usage), up from about 10.5 hours.
In terms of performance, Microsoft has packed the Surface Pro 7 Plus with the new 11th generation Intel processors. The base model features the Intel Core i3 (1115G4) processor coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage for a price tag of $899. The Intel Core i5 variant starts at $1,149 and is the only one that features LTE support. The high-end variant offers an Intel Core i7 processor with up to 32GB of RAM and up to 1TB SSD storage for $2,799.
Other Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus Specifications:
- 12.3-inch PixelSense display (2736 x 1824 pixels)
- One USB Type-C port
- One USB Type-A port
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Surface Connect port