What you need to know
- A new firmware update is available for the Surface Pro X.
- The update improves usability and performance.
- Microsoft Your Phone can now make and take calls through Surface Pro X.
Microsoft's Surface Pro X has a lot going for it, but one overlooked area where it was lagging is Your Phone support. As we reported in March, Surface Pro X was unable to make or take calls through Your Phone without it being garbled and incomprehensible. That promised fix now appears to be available.
A new "hardware update" is rolling out through Windows Update for Surface Pro X. Our test machine is on the Windows Insider Release Preview, so it could mean this update is not rolling out for production yet (indeed, there are no notes on Microsoft's update tracker).
The new firmware, which is referred to as "System Hardware Update – 5/14/2020", refreshes the following on Surface Pro X:
- UEFI: 3.462.140.0 goes to 3.477.140.0
- SAM: 22.214.171.124 goes to 126.96.36.199
- Wi-Fi Driver: 1.0.860.0 goes to 1.0.1020.0
Likewise, Your Phone updated to version 1.20051.88.0 and, when combined with new firmware, allowed us to make calls clearly through Surface Pro X (we tried yesterday without much success).
It's likely those updates also address other bugs, or bring further refinements to Surface Pro X, but we'll have to wait until Microsoft gives details to know more.
On the go
The Surface Pro X is a drastic redesign of Microsoft's Surface Pro line, slimming everything down with an ARM processor and LTE connectivity.
Controlling your phone
Merging phones and PCs
Your Phone allows you to sync text messages, photos, and notifications from your phone to your Windows 10 PC. It can also make phone calls, allowing you to keep your smartphone in your pocket.
A phone hub
Merging phones and PCs
This app on your PC allows you to make phone calls, send text, see phone notifications, and browse your smartphone's photos.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.