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Microsoft announces Surface Pro 6 with 8th gen Intel CPUs, no USB C

Yup, that's extremely matte black.

Microsoft lifted the curtain on their refreshed Surface line-up today. They opened up their presentation with the original Surface, the Surface Pro. Unlike last year, they gave a numerical value to the Pro, calling it the Surface Pro 6. As we expected, there weren’t any major redesigns. Nearly all of the upgrades were on the inside.

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Kicking off the internal improvements, the Surface Pro steps up to Intel’s 8th generation of Core i5 and i7 processors. Thanks to a redesigned cooling system, the Pro can now be configured with a up to quad core chip. This should make the Pro 6 significantly faster than last years model, which was already no slouch. The rest of the hardware largely remains the same. The Pro 6 features the same “Full Friction” kickstand, beautiful 12.3 inch display, and port selection as the Pro 5. This means, of course, that Microsoft still hasn’t added any USB C ports which is likely the biggest upset of the Pro 6. The tablet still has a full size USB A port as well as a mini displayport for external display connectivity. Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector is still here, allowing you to easily dock the tablet to a full desk setup. The biggest difference to the exterior of the Pro 6 is the new Black option, a sleek homage to the Surface’s origin as well as a nod to today’s matte black craze.

Microsoft is claiming over 13 hours of video playback on a single charge. This is thanks to that newer and more efficient CPU mentioned earlier. If it lives up to this claim, the Pro 6 should easily last a full day of productivity and then some which fits well with Microsoft’s focus on making their Surface devices powerful productivity machines.

The Pro 6 is available for pre-order today and will ship on the 16th. It will start at $899 for a Silver model with 8GB of RAM, an i5, and a 128GB SSD. If you want that new black model, you will need to shovel out an extra $300 since it requires you to select at least a 256GB SSD. If you can look past the lack of USB C, The Surface Pro 6 seems like a strong contender for your hard-earned cash.

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