Microsoft Surface Pro X 13″ Windows Tablet with LTE

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The 13-inch Microsoft Surface Pro X is a part of the Surface tablet series, alongside the 12.3-inch Surface Pro and 10-inch Surface Go.

The Surface Pro X features a high display resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels for a very sharp picture quality. As same as the other Microsoft Surface tablets, the Pro X has a document editing-optimized 3:2 screen aspect ratio, IPS-class wide viewing angles, support for both finger touch and active digitizer pen input on the display (pen sold separately), and optional keyboard cover.

Besides the screen size, the main difference between the Surface Pro X and its Surface siblings is its ARM processing technology you can typically find in mobile phones and devices such as iPad. But still, the Surface Pro X runs Windows 10 operating system. The caveat here is that some programs under Windows on ARM processors run only in emulation mode, with possibly lower performance of the programs. Also, some peripherals that work on other Windows 10 computers might not work on the Surface Pro X, if there are no ARM-compatible software drivers for the peripherals.

The incorporated ARM-based Microsoft SQ1 processor is rather designed for power efficiency than top-notch performance. This enables a long battery life of “up to 13 hours”, according to Microsoft. For comparison, the Surface Pro 7 with its smaller 12.3″ screen and an Intel processor is rated at 10.5 hours.

Generally, the SQ1 and its integrated graphics are suitable for regular home and office usage, involving Microsoft Office apps, web browsing, light casual gaming, and similar. When you add the Pro X’s built-in LTE mobile broadband internet connectivity to the mix, it can be said that the device is aimed at mobile office professionals who require a great portability, long battery life and “always-on” internet connection. For heavier tasks like media production, recommended are the regular Intel or AMD processors you can find in the Surface Pro and many other Windows laptops and tablets.

Specifications of the Microsoft Surface Pro X

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Brand Microsoft
Laptop type Convertible 2-in-1 laptop

Ultraportable (small laptop)

Tablet PC
Screen size 13-inch
Screen resolution 2880 x 1920 pixels (high sharpness)
Touchscreen Yes
Other display specs IPS display tech (wide viewing angles)

3:2 aspect ratio (more suitable for document editing than common 16:9)
Processor (CPU) Microsoft SQ1 (power-efficient processor of Surface X tablets)
Graphics (GPU) Adreno 685 integrated graphics (for the lightest games only)
System memory (RAM) size 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)
DVD optical drive None
Keyboard, input Backlit keyboard without numeric pad (optional)

Multi-touch trackpad with integrated buttons (optional)

Touchscreen

Active digitizer pen (optional)
Speakers and audio Stereo speakers

Combo microphone and headphones audio jack
Camera Front + rear

5MP front + 10MP rear

Face-recognition camera (supports Windows Hello log-ins)
Wi-Fi wireless 802.11AC
Ethernet network port No
Bluetooth Yes
USB ports 2 x USB-C (compact type of USB port)
Video ports 1 x mini DisplayPort
Media card reader None
Other features 4G LTE mobile broadband connectivity

Surface Connect port (proprietary Microsoft Surface port for charging, docking, and accessories)
Battery "Up to 13 hours of typical device usage"
Weight 1.7 pounds
Height 0.3"
Width 11.3"
Depth 8.2"
Casing material Aluminum
Casing color Black
Windows version Windows 10 Home (standard Windows version)

Windows 10 Pro (Windows with added business-oriented features)
Warranty 1-year
Year of release 2019

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Published on February 28, 2020

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