Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (6th Gen, 2018) High-End 12.3″ Tablet

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The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (6th Gen, 2018) tablet brings one major update over the previous 2017 version – the newer quad-core 8th Generation Intel Core processors (i5-8250U and i7-8650U) instead of dual-core 7th Gen. Also, the Surface Pro 6 additionally offers a matte black chassis color choice, besides the old platinum color.

The rest of the specs remained the same. It’s still a premium-class 1.7-pound Windows 10 tablet with a sharp 12.3-inch 2,736-by-1,824-pixel 3:2-ratio display with IPS wide viewing angles, support for both finger touch and active pen with pressure sensitivity, and with a kickstand on the back of the screen. The pen is sold separately, as same as an attachable keyboard cover.

This magnesium-clad tablet starts at $899. That’s the price of a basic configuration with the Core i5-8250U, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of solid state drive-based storage. The Surface Pro 6 is also available with 16GB of RAM, and 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB SSD options. The Surface Pen is $99, while the keyboard covers start at $129.

What’s missing on the Surface Pro 6 (at least for now) are a lower-power processor option, like the Intel Core i3 or m3, and 4G LTE mobile broadband connectivity. These are available on the older version of the tablet. Also, the offered Core i5-8250U and i7-8650U processors both feature the Intel UHD 620 integrated graphics, whereas the i7 chip in the 2017 Surface Pro has faster Intel Iris-series graphics.

According to Microsoft, the battery of the Surface Pro 6 can provide “up to 13.5 hours of local video playback”.

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Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Pro 6

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Brand Microsoft
Laptop type Convertible 2-in-1 laptop

This laptop can convert itself into a tablet PC or be used in stand and tent modes.

Ultraportable (small laptop)

The light weight and small dimensions make this ultraportable laptop easy to carry around or travel with.

Tablet PC
Screen size 12.3-inch

This is a very small display size, given the most frequently used laptop screen size is 15.6".
Screen resolution 2736x1824 pixels

This screen resolution provides a good picture sharpness and a lot of space on the display for the user interface and apps. It's better than the popular Full HD but not as good as the premium-class 4K and similar.
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS type

Displays based on IPS technology provide much wider viewing angles than the budget-class TN screens.
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-8250U 8th Gen (enables smooth everyday computing)

Intel Core i7-8650U 8th Gen (decent for heavier tasks, besides enabling effortless daily computing)
Graphics (GPU) Intel HD 620 integrated graphics of 7th Gen Core i3, i5, i7 (for light gaming)
System memory (RAM) size 8GB RAM

The 8GB RAM size is the standard one in 2022. It provides comfortable multi-tasking for the most home and office users.


16GB and greater RAM sizes are recommended for heavy multitasking, gaming, and specialized programs that require a lot of RAM.
Data storage 128GB SSD

128GB is a relatively small storage space. However, it is usable if you don't store a lot of large files like movies and don't install a lot of programs.


256GB is a decent capacity. If you tend to download and store a lot of large files like movies and install many programs, 512GB or more is a better choice.


512GB storage capacity is recommended if you store a lot of large files and install many programs.

1000GB (1TB) SSD

1TB is an excellent storage capacity. The sizes above 512GB, including 1TB, are recommended for those who store a lot of large files.
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

The dedicated infra-red face recognition cameras in laptops are used for Windows Hello log-ins, without password typing.
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC

The 802.11AC is the previous-generation wireless networking standard. It's also known as Wi-Fi 5. 802.11AC is succeeded by 802.11AX Wi-Fi 6 with data transfer speed and multi-device connectivity improvements.
Ethernet network port No

This laptop has no Ethernet LAN port for wired internet and networking connectivity.
Mobile broadband (4G LTE) No
Bluetooth Yes

This laptop has a built-in Bluetooth module. It enables you to connect the computer to Bluetooth mice and other Bluetooth peripherals, smartphones, and other Bluetooth-equipped devices.
USB ports 1 x USB 3.0

A standard full-size USB port.
Video output ports 1 x mini DisplayPort

DisplayPort is a digital video output port. It is not as widely used as HDMI. The laptop has a compact "mini" version of DisplayPort on its side.
Media card reader MicroSD card reader

The laptop has a slot for MicroSD memory cards. These are small SD cards commonly used in smartphones.
Other features TPM (Trusted Platform Module, a security feature)
Battery "Up to 13.5 hours of video playback"
Weight 1.7 pounds
Height 0.3"
Width 11.5"
Depth 7.9"
Windows version Windows 10 Home

Windows 10 Home is aimed at the regular home and office computer users. Only select business users need the Professional edition. Windows 10 Home users are eligible for a free upgrade to the latest Windows 11 Home.

Windows 10 Pro

Windows 10 Pro version adds some business-specific features in comparison to the standard Windows Home. Windows 10 Pro upgradeable to the latest Windows 11 Pro for free.
Warranty 1-year

A typical laptop warranty length.

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Published on October 23, 2018

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