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Dive deeper in Surface Pro 7+ for Business in this new Microsoft video

Surface Pro 7plus SSD
Surface Pro 7plus SSD (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Surface Pro 7+ for Business was announced earlier today.
  • Microsoft Mechanics has posted a deep dive video detailing what's new.
  • Surface Pro 7+ has a thinner display now, which allows a larger battery.

Earlier this morning, Microsoft announced Surface Pro 7+ for Business aimed at enterprise and education markets. The announcement leaves room for a consumer-focused Surface Pro 8 later this year while giving businesses consistent and modern hardware today.

Featuring Intel 11th Gen processors, 4G LTE, new security features, up to 32GB of RAM, and a removable SSD, there is a lot to like with Surface Pro 7+ for Business, even if they will be a tad harder to buy (for non-businesses).

Microsoft has now published a deep dive video covering Surface Pro 7+ for Business, which goes into more depth about the refreshed laptop.

CategorySurface Pro 7+
Operating systemWindows 10 Pro
Display12.3-inch PixelSense, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2736x1824 (267 PPI)
Processor11th Gen Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Wi-Fi)
11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 (Wi-Fi or LTE)
11th Gen Intel Core i7-1165G7 (Wi-Fi)
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics (i3)
Intel Iris Xe Graphics (i5, i7)
Memory8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x (Wi-Fi or LTE)
32GB LPDDR4x (Wi-Fi)
Storage128GB SSD or 256GB SSD (Wi-Fi or LTE)
512GB SSD or 1TB SSD (Wi-Fi)
Rear camera8MP autofocus (1080p)
Front camera5MP (1080p)
SecurityTPM 2.0
Windows Hello face authentication camera
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax
4G Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem (optional)
PortsOne USB-C
One USB-A
One microSDXC
One Surface Connect+
Surface Keyboard connector
3.5mm headphone jack
BatteryUp to 15 hours (Wi-Fi)
Up to 13.5 hours (LTE Advanced)
Size11.5" x 7.9" x 0.33" (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)
Weighti3, i5: 1.70 lb (775 g)
i7: 1.74 lb (790 g)
ColorsPlatinum
Black
PricingStarts at $899 (opens in new tab)
AvailabilityMid-January 2021

Most of the engineering here is familiar, but there are some interesting tidbits too.

For instance, the display in Surface Pro 7+ for Business is now thinner (not the bezels, we're talking depth). Microsoft uses the same display technology pioneered in Surface Pro X in Surface Pro 7+ for Business. The result? Microsoft could squeeze in a larger 50.4 watt-hour battery. The previous Surface Pro 7 only had a 43.2 watt-hour one.

When combined with 11th Gen Intel processors, which deliver 2.1x the performance over Surface Pro 7's 10th Gen, it's no wonder Surface Pro 7+ for Business gets a rated 4.5 hours of improvement. Even the LTE version is rated for 13.5 hours, three hours more than Surface Pro 7.

Microsoft also shows off some of the new packaging ideas they are using for Surface Pro 7+ for Business, which reduces costs, shipping weight, is better for the environment, and makes the distribution of larger quantities of devices to firms much easier.

Surface Pro7 Battery

Source: Microsoft (Image credit: Source: Microsoft)

You can also see where the removable SSD door is and how it all works in the video.

Finally, like in the previous Surface Pro with LTE, Microsoft is only offering 4G LTE Advanced in the Core i5 model. The reason is whereas the Core i7 has a fan, the Core i5 model does not. Microsoft places the 4G LTE modem in place of the fan, which saves space and means Microsoft did not need to redesign the 4G model.

Business and education customers in select markets across Asia, Europe, and North America can order Surface Pro 7+ through their local resellers (opens in new tab) today, with shipping beginning at the end of this week. Pricing starts at $899 and goes up to $2,800 for the new 32GB/1TB option.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

7 Comments
  • Tricked those boys! 👀 Got 'em!
  • But it's the same display, LG Philips LP123WQ112604 IPS panel, no?
  • The replaceable storage option was well overdue for enterprise. To maintain regulatory compliance, businesses were unable to lease the Surface line, because they had to maintain the drives to meet audit requirements, which also meant storing laptops instead of drives for the required retention periods. Ugh.
  • Interesting! Thanks for the added info.
  • Swappable SSD, LTE, and USB-C, all pretty basic things they should have done with the SP7 in the first place, when they announced the SPX. This feels like they managed to both show that the SP7 was barely engineered and they didn't care to put together a SP8 right now. I'd like to see them make more of an effort. The non-x Surface Pro has felt like such an uninspired toss-up of product launches for the last 5 years.
  • If they brought removable SSD's to the consumer Surface line that would definitely make me switch back.
  • Lol at the "Seems faster" reference... War flashbacks to the Windows Phone Facebook client.