Microsoft Surface Pro 4 announced: Specs, price and release date

Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, with a Skylake 6th generation core processor, is coming October 26, starting at $899.
Written by Mary Jo Foley, Senior Contributing Editor

Microsoft took the wraps off its Surface Pro 3 successor -- the Surface Pro 4 -- at its Windows 10 devices launch in New York on October 6.

Most of us were expecting a new business-tuned model of the Surface Pro, running Windows 10, to be one of the stars of today's device launch. The newest Pro flagship has some impressive specs.

The 12.3-inch device, which sports a thinner bezel, is 8.3 mm thick. Microsoft officials said the new device will be 30 percent faster.

The updated Surface Pen, which will ship with the device, now supports 1,024 touch levels. The new pen comes with an eraser and no longer requires a pen loop, and will be available in five colors. The pen will be integrated directly with Cortana, according to a demo at today's event.

There's a new compact Surface Pro 4 docking station which will still work with the Surface Pro 3. It includes support for four USB 3.0, two 4k DisplayPort and Ethernet support.

A new Surface Pro Type Cover is coming (in a choice of five colors), as well, with expanded key placement. In spite of the expanded key set, the cover will still work with the Surface Pro 3. The new keyboard also comes with a built-in fingerprint reader, so that it will work with Windows 10 Hello biometric authentication.

Surface Pro 3 is a 12-inch device with a choice of Intel i3, i5 or i7 5th generation processors. The "tablet that can replace your laptop" weighs 1.76 pounds and is .36 inches thick. Its screen resolution is 2160 X 1440.

Surface Pro 3 unit cost ranges from $700 for the Core i3 edition with 4 GB of RAM, to $1,400 for the Core i7, 8 GB of RAM edition. The device comes with a pen, but the type cover is a separately priced, $130 option.

The Surface Pro 4 will be available starting October 26, starting at $899. Pre-orders start on October 7.

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