Microsoft Surface Pro X specs

The new Surface Pro X is impressive. Not only does it rock an ARM processor from Qualcomm called the Microsoft SQ1, but Microsoft managed to work with the company to support a full version of Windows 10. It also rocks a new design that sets it apart from the other new Surface products announced, providing a glimpse of what's yet to come for the entire Surface line-up.

You're looking at a 13-inch touch display with 2880x1920 resolution, 267 PPI, and 3:2 aspect ratio, all working with the new Surface Slim Pen. Adding to performance hardware is up to 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 512GB of storage that can be upgraded in the future.

To top all of this off is LTE allowing you to remain connected so long as you're in range of a nearby cell tower. Two USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 ports and a Surface Connect port for charging can be found on the sides, with a 5MP front-facing camera (1080p) and 11MP rear camera (1080p). The whole package weighs in at just over 1.5 pounds.

Microsoft Surface Pro X specs

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CategorySurface Pro X
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
Display13-inch PixelSense, 3:2 aspect ratio, 2880x1920 (267 PPI)
ProcessorMicrosoft SQ1
GPUAdreno 685
Memory8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x
Storage128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
Rear Camera11MP autofocus (1080p)
Front Camera5MP (1080p)
SecurityWindows Hello face authentication camera
ConnectivityWi-Fi 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon X24
Bluetooth 5.0
Ports2x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1x nano SIM, 1x Surface Connect, Surface Keyboard connector
BatteryUp to 13 hours typical use
Dimensions11.3 x 8.2 x 0.28 inches
(287mm x 208mm x 7.3mm)
Weight1.7 lbs (774g)
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  • Windows on arm platform got their hero device. Hopefully it delivers on x86 immulatation performance.
  • Just what I was wondering. Another iteration of Windows RT support only UWP apps or will they actually make x86 programs run on ARM. Emulation doesn't seem like it will really provide great performance.
  • Even if it's not great, the fact that it could run everything would be a huge differentiator from Windows RT. We know from the current generation that emulation is OK (not great, but not terrible either), and surely it just gets better with each new chip generation, and especially here where MS worked on this hardware specifically to achieve a decent user experience. I suspect it will be "good enough" for the legion of productivity apps, which don't require great performance, but probably not so great for applications like Chrome (that's OK -- just use the new Chromium Edge).
  • Exactly. If I required AutoCAD or Final Cut Pro or Photoshop for heavy-duty work, I wouldn't even be considering this device. But since I use lightweight x86 productivity apps for translation work, it could be a great second device that provides excellent battery life and connectivity. And last time I checked, they are working on an Windows 10 ARM version of Google Chrome.
  • and reliability. If only some apps work then it will not go well with the market.
  • This is 13 hours of battery life vs the 10.5 hours of Surface Pro 7. I thought ARM was going to allow outrageous battery life?!?
  • Agreed, I'm a little underwhelmed by that spec too. Was hoping for a solid 20ish hours like the other ARM devices have been touting. Granted they did make the custom SQ1 chip with Qualcomm and cranked up the power for peak performance, so that'd definitely take away from the battery life.
  • Also, there's only so big a battery they can put in a device this thin.
  • They are pushing the chip to 7 watts which is in line with some of the low power intel parts. They are not taking 2 watt chips and running with them.
  • Thanks, was just going to post that. Comparing Pro X battery life to the other stock ARM devices available is the wrong measurement.
  • That's a good point!
  • You're thinking it's using the same X number of hours running video etc. This is based on real world type metrics. so 11 hours doing regular usage stuff. Some web pages, office programs etc. Standby time should be a matter of days. I'd say video playback would likely be in the 18 hour+ range. Microsoft is using a new way of measuring battery life.
  • My C630 ARM Lenovo can get 15-16. I'd like that with this device. Fingers crossed.
  • I wonder if this chip is based on the new 8CX?
  • Almost certainly. It's not the same as the 8cx but judging by the spec sheet it's an enhanced version of it - new AI engine, upgraded graphics processor, slightly higher clocks and presumably lots of minor improvements here and there that add up.
  • WiFi 5?? Are you sure it isn't WiFi 6?
  • WiFi 5 on this ARM powered device sadly.
  • Surface Connect is only for charging? Really?
  • According to this article the Surface Pro X has a GPU like the Xbox One. Is this statement factual, enabling decent gaming?
  • If this can play DOTA Underlords and Heroes of the Storm, I'm all in ;)
  • How would this handle games that are in app form such as Forza Horizon 4 or Gears of War 4 from the Microsoft App Store?