Surface Pro 7 adds USB-C port, 10th Gen Intel Core CPUs

The Surface Pro 7.
The Surface Pro 7. (Image credit: Microsoft)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 7 at its October 2 Surface event.
  • The 2-in-1 finally includes a USB-C port, Intel's 10th Gen processors, and still has the kickstand and keyboard design that the Surface Pro line is known for.
  • The Surface Pro 7 is up for preorder starting at $749 (opens in new tab) and will be available on October 22, 2019.

Microsoft hit the stage at its Surface event today to unveil the refreshed Surface Pro 7. The latest version of Microsoft's flagship 2-in-1 tablet carries forward the design that we've become familiar with, but it brings some modern additions that should come as welcome improvements.

The most striking upgrade is the addition of a USB-C port — something the Surface fans have been hoping would make an appearance for some time now. That's in addition to a single USB-A like previous Surface Pros. It's a necessary compromise, with Microsoft taking a step forward in connectivity while still keeping one foot in place for legacy connectivity.

In terms of specs, you're getting a 12.3-inch Pixelsense display and options of 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM. The RAM type, in particular, should represent a decent performance increase over the LPDDR3 RAM included in the previous model.

Microsoft has also gone with Intel's latest 10th Gen CPUs, with Core i3, i5, and i7 options available. In terms of storage, you're looking at 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB options.

The Surface Pro 7 will be availalbe on October 22, 2019 starting at $749.

Here's everything Microsoft announced at its Surface 2019 event

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  • Come on, just kill the 4GB SKU, it is functional, but the 8GB is so much smoother and should be the default on a premium device like the Surface
  • Given the price hike, I'd say leave it in. I do agree that it would be nice to have 8 GB standard, but Microsoft already puts quite the premium on these things as it is--you're talking $900+ out the door on the 4 GB, if you want a keyboard.
  • How come 4 GB RAM is even a thing in 2019?
  • I was really hoping they'd give us an AMD device...oh, well. I'll probably pass on these for another year. Pretty exciting event for the whole Surface line, but the traditional Pro really seems to be the letdown of the group. They swapped one underutilized port (mDP) for another (Type-C), though they're at least moving that slightly forward (gonna be really touch for dongle-wielding projector users). No new colors, design is basically identical, and we don't know if there will be an actual, meaningful increase in performance. That, and it seems only the Pro X gets the user-replaceable SSD, which is lame. They should give that to these things as well.
  • Part of the promise of the Pro series is compatibility with existing dongles and docking stations, so they cannot change the form factor too much. I think they are making the right decision with the Pro 7.
  • Actually I think the base surface pro will start more from 910 dollars. I don't know people buying a surface pro without a type cover. A more realistic look.