What you need to know
- Microsoft introduced a version of the Surface Pro X without LTE support.
- The Wi-Fi version of the Surface Pro X starts at $900, which is $100 less than the LTE version.
- The Surface Pro X will benefit from Microsoft's work to improve Windows on ARM.
- You can preorder the Surface Pro X without LTE starting today.
Microsoft's Surface Pro X didn't receive a design refresh or an updated processor like many of its Surface siblings. It did, however, gain an option without LTE connectivity. The non-LTE Surface Pro X has a lower starting price of $900, which is $100 less than its Always Connected counterpart. The Surface Pro X will also get a boost with the launch of Windows 11 on October 5, 2021.
While not exclusive to the Surface Pro X, Microsoft's improvements to Windows on ARM should result in a better experience on the 2-in-1. Windows 11 supports both x86 and x64 emulation, allowing ARM devices to run a larger library of apps. Notably, Microsoft designed a 64-bit version of Office specifically for Windows on ARM. Microsoft's ARM64EC technology allows Office to use x64 plugins even though most of the app is compiled to run natively on Windows 11 on ARM.
Microsoft has also worked with developers to get more apps optimized for Windows 11 on ARM. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Shapr 3D, Zoom, Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Teams have all been optimized for Windows on ARM devices like the Surface Pro X.
These improvements to Windows on ARM will also benefit devices like the Samsung Galaxy Book Go.
The specs of the Surface Pro X haven't changed. You can still choose between SQ1 and SQ2 models depending on how much processing power you need. Note that the Surface Pro X with LTE will be able to upgrade to Windows 11. The Wi-Fi Surface Pro X will ship with Windows 11.
|Category||Surface Pro X|
|Operating System||(Without LTE) Windows 11 Home on ARM|
(With LTE) Windows 10 Home on ARM (upgradeable to Windows 11)
3:2 aspect ratio
2880x1920 (267 PPI)
|Memory||8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, or 512GB SSD (removable)|
|Rear Camera||10MP autofocus (1080p and 4K video)|
|Front Camera||5MP (1080p)|
|Security||Windows Hello face authentication camera|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac|
Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE
|Ports||2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x nano SIM (LTE version only), 1x Surface Connect, Surface Keyboard connector|
|Battery||Up to 15 hours typical use|
|Dimensions||11.3 x 8.2 x 0.28 inches|
(287mm x 208mm x 7.3mm)
|Weight||1.7 lbs (774g) w/o keyboard|
2.36lbs (1,074g) with keyboard
|Colors||Matte black (only available on some configurations)|
|Availability||Oct 13th and beyond|
|Pricing||Starts at $900 (opens in new tab) ($1,300 for SQ2)|
Some people hoped for the Surface Pro X to bump up to Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1, but it still comes with Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.
Here are all the SKUs avaialble for the Surface Pro X:
Surface Pro X
|SQ1, 8GB RAM, 128GB WiFi||$899.99 USD (Platinum)|
|SQ1, 8GB RAM, 128GB LTE||$999.99 USD (Black)|
|SQ1, 8GB RAM, 256GB WiFi||$1099.99 USD (Platinum)|
|SQ1, 8GB RAM, 256GB LTE||$1249.99 USD (Black)|
|SQ2, 16GB RAM, 256GB WiFi||$1299.99 USD (Platinum)|
|SQ2, 16GB RAM, 256GB LTE||$1449.99 USD (Platinum, Black)|
|SQ2, 16GB RAM, 512GB WiFi||$1499.99 USD (Platinum)|
|SQ2, 16GB RAM, 512GB LTE||$1649.99 USD (Platinum, Black)|
With an option for a model with only Wi-Fi connectivity, the Surface Pro X becomes a bit more affordable. Some people want the thin form factor and better battery life that comes with a Windows on ARM device but don't require LTE connectivity. We've seen the LTE version of the Surface Pro X go on sale for as low as $800. With a lower starting price, its discounted price could potentially drop even further.
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$900 is absolutely insane for a computer with a low performance 2018 phone processor. Why isn’t there a SD888 based CX? Absolutely embarrassing when a $329 iPad out performs such an expensive product. If you can’t price it properly, don’t bother releasing it. It is a joke.
It's not got a phone processor. Compares a pc to a consumer grade tablet. Honestly.
Yes it does. It is based on the Snapdragon 855. There is very little difference.
Dude you at least used to be entertaining. Now you're just exhausting.
No actual answer? Why does the $329 iPad out class Microsoft’s $899 device in every way? Better hardware, higher performance, much bigger ecosystem, and better pen support. The only advantage of the SPX is you might be able to run some legacy Windows software if you have the keyboard. SPX should be $399 starting at most.
Microsoft is really not taking ARM seriously
If Microsoft is not taking ARM seriosuly, they wouldn't be developing the x64 software emulation, wouldn't they?
Well, they are developing it. Is it good enough, though?
So the X is dead? With a full x86 SP8 with reduced bezels, pen slot and 16 hours of battery life I'm not really seeing the argument for the X to stick around. It's funny, I called this the same day the X was revealed and got so much crap for it, but hindsight is 20/20 and MS has quite a history with ARM. I can see the argument for the X since the SP7 had such poor battery life (but not the SP6 interestingly enough), but the writing was on the wall when the SP7+ was released with much better battery life. It's interesting that I also got a lot of flack for wanting the SP series to have the reduced bezels and pen slot, but was told it was impossible because of the Intel chip setup, well here ya go.
We need to see the battery tests first. Microsoft has a history of not being 100% transparent about its battery life claims.
Ha ha no not at all - 1. Slimmer
2. No fans
3. Consistently great battery life. Microsoft have claimed those numbers for years on the Pro 6, Pro 7. No one gets them on average. The Pro X you actually do. You're assuming a lot people will get these numbers with the Pro 8. The Pro 8 brings modern design to the Intel variant, finally, but it's still using legacy processor tech. Ever wondered why Apple is dumping Intel? There's an absolute need for x86 but it's not the future ultimately.
Finally, a Pro X without LTE. I've been eyeing this ARM-powered Surface but never been interested with the LTE bit. Shame that we are still yet to see an ARM-powered Surface Go.
Doubt I'll ever use the LTE on my Pro X. Great PC though.
No 120Hz on the Pro X :(
Is 15 h for both the LTE and non-LTE variants? Sounds wrong to me. Surely there's a difference?
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