Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 12.3″ Tablet (7th Gen Intel Core, up to 16GB RAM, up to 1TB SSD)

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The 2017 version of Microsoft’s Surface Pro doesn’t bring any revolutionary change to the world’s most popular Windows-based tablet series. As the most notable improvement, Microsoft has upgraded the Surface Pro’s computing platform from the 6th Generation Intel Core technology to the 7th Gen. The 7th Generation Intel Core chips are slightly faster than their 6th Gen counterparts and enable a longer battery life. There are also some improvements in regards to the kickstand and separately sold pen and keyboard cover, but overall the Surface Pro remained to be a sleek and powerful 12.3-inch 1.7-pound tablet.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 retains display resolution of 2,736-by-1,824 pixels and productivity-optimized 3:2 aspect ratio. Besides finger-touch input, the panel supports active digitizer input using the Surface Pen. Pen has been upgraded. It now supports up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity instead of 1,024, as well as tilt sensitivity.

Furthermore, the updated kickstand can now hold the tablet at a greater angle – up to 165 degrees, which is convenient for pen use on a desk.

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The entry level Microsoft Surface Pro processor choice is the Intel Core m3-7Y30 with Intel HD 615 integrated graphics. The mid-range CPU option is the widely adopted Intel Core i5-7200U with Intel HD 620. The most powerful Surface Pro processor option is the Core i7-7660U with Iris Plus 640 GPU. System memory size options are 4, 8, and 16 Gigabytes. Storage choices are 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB.

The Surface Pro starts at $799. Here’s a breakdown of configurations available on the market:

Surface Pro SKU CPU / Graphics RAM SSD Price
FJR-00001 m3-7Y30 / HD 615 4GB 128GB $799
FJT-00001 i5-7200U / HD 620 4GB 128GB $999
FJX-00001 i5-7200U / HD 620 8GB 256GB $1,299
FJZ-00001 i7-7660U / Iris Plus 640 8GB 256GB $1,599
FKH-00001 i7-7660U / Iris Plus 640 16GB 512GB $2,199
FKK-00001 i7-7660U / Iris Plus 640 16GB 1TB $2,599

You can buy these on the official Microsoft Store and other places.

As same as the previous version, the 2017 Surface Pro features Windows 10 Pro operating system, stereo speakers, 802.11AC wireless, Bluetooth, an 8-Megapixel rear and 5MP front camera, a standard-size USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort video output, microSD memory card reader, and a combo mic/headphones audio jack. The tablet supports Windows Hello facial-recognition sign-ins and features a TPM chip for enhanced security.

Update: The device is now also available with optional 4G LTE mobile network connectivity.

According to Microsoft, the device can provide up to 13.5 hours of video playback on a single battery charge.

Alongside the new Surface Pro, Microsoft has released a new keyboard cover for it. It’s the 159-dollar Surface Pro Signature Type Cover with Alcantara luxury soft-touch material. The Signature Type Cover is available in Platinum, Cobalt Blue, and Burgundy colors.

The Surface Pen costs $99.

Microsoft Surface Pro 2017 with Accessories

Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017

Here's the specs sheet of the Microsoft Surface Pro 2017. For comparison against other laptops, use the "Compare Specs" button.

Brand Microsoft
Laptop type Convertible 2-in-1 laptop

Ultraportable (small laptop)

Tablet PC
Screen size 12.3-inch
Screen resolution 2736x1824 pixels (high sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type (wide viewing angles)
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-7200U 7th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i7-7660U 7th Gen (older higher-end home and office CPU)

Intel Core M3-7Y30 (older power-efficient low-mid-range CPU)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 615 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)

Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)

Intel Iris Plus 640 integrated graphics (for light gaming, but with improved smoothness)
System memory (RAM) size 4GB (for light multi-tasking)

8GB (for comfortable multi-tasking)

16GB (for heavy multi-tasking)
Data storage 128GB SSD (small but usable capacity)

256GB SSD (decent capacity)

512GB SSD (very good capacity)

1000GB (1TB) SSD (excellent capacity)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard without number pad (optional)

Touchpad with click buttons built into the surface (optional)


Active digitizer pen (optional)
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front + rear

5MP front + 8MP rear

Face-recognition camera (supports Windows Hello log-ins)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC (previous-generation Wi-Fi standard, precursor of the latest 802.11AX)
Ethernet network port No
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) Yes (Optional)
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 1 x USB 3.0 (standard full-size USB port)
Video ports 1 x mini DisplayPort
Media card reader MicroSD card reader
Other features TPM (Trusted Platform Module, a security feature)
Battery "Up to 13.5 hours of video playback"
Weight 1.7 pounds
Height 0.4"
Width 11.5"
Depth 7.9"
Windows version Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year

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Published on July 4, 2017

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