Microsoft’s Surface Pro X is not the first Windows 10 on ARM PC, the first ARM-powered PCs came from HP and ASUS back in 2017 when Microsoft launched Windows 10 on ARM. But Microsoft’s ARM-based Windows journey began way before 2017. Some could cite, Windows phone, and other would point to the original Surface. The original Surface was black and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile SOC much like modern ARM PC’s. It is a technical feat, running the full Windows 10 OS on chips originally designed for Android phones was a major achievement in 2017. In 2019, Microsoft finally shipped a Surface powered by a custom Snapdragon SOC and they called it Surface Pro X. Now one year later, Microsoft launched a slightly improved Pro X with an upgraded Snapdragon chip, a new color option and now a very low price of $799, instead of $999.
The Surface Pro X comes with two optional SOC’s, the first Generation 3.0GHz SQ1 and the second generation 3.15GHz SQ2. The SQ2 is an 8-core Snapdragon 855 based SOC and the integrated Adreno 690 GPU. Currently when you buy a Surface Pro X in Platinum, the only chip option is the SQ2; however, if you want Matte Black, you now have the choice to get the cheaper SQ1 equipped Surface Pro X or the more expensive SQ2 equipped Surface Pro X.
|Display||13” PixelSense, Display Resolution: 2880×1920 (267 PPI) Aspect ratio: 3:2, Touch: 10-point multi-touch|
|Memory||8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM|
|Battery Life1||Up to 15 hours of typical device usage1|
|Graphics||Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685 GPU|
Microsoft SQ2 Adreno 690 GPU
|Storage5||Removable solid-state drive (SSD)options: 128, 256, or 512GB|
|Connections||2 x USB-C, 1 x Surface Connect port, Surface Keyboard port1 x nano SIM, Compatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction|
|Security||Firmware TPM chip for enterprise security and BitLocker supportEnterprise-grade protection with Windows Hello face sign-in|
|Cameras, video and audio||Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video 10.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video, Dual far-field Studio Mics2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio sound|
|Software||Windows 10 Home on ARM4Microsoft 365 Family 30-day trial|
|Wireless||Wi-Fi 5: 802.11ac compatible, Bluetooth Wireless 5.0 technology, Qualcomm Snapdragon X24 LTE modem, Up to Gigabit LTE Advanced Pro with nanoSIM and eSIM support. LTE Bands supported: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 46, 66Assisted GPS and GLONASS support|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor|
|Exterior||Casing: Signature anodized aluminum with carbon composite fanless thermal cooling, Colors: Matte Black, Platinum6Physical buttons: Volume, Power|
|What’s in the box||Surface Pro X, Power Supply, SIM Card access tool, Quick Start Guide, Safety and warranty documents|
|Warranty8||1-year limited hardware warranty|
|Weight2 (not including Keyboard*)||1.7 lbs (774g)|
|Dimensions||11.3 in x 8.2 in x 0.28 in (287 mm x 208 mm x 7.3 mm)|
|Colors||Matte Black (SQ1 & SQ2), Platinum (SQ2 only)|
Surface Pro X features the best camera sensors on a PC, thanks in part due to the thickness of the tablet and the technical hardware choices Microsoft made to upgrade this over the standard Intel-powered Surface Pro. While Apple continues to ships MacBook models with a 720p camera, Microsoft ships Surface Pro X with a 1080p Full HD 5MP front facing camera. On the back is a 1080p Full HD 10MP camera that takes surprisingly good pictures for a tablet not to mention it can record 4K video. The tablet also includes Dual far-field Studio Mics2W stereo speakers with Dolby Audio sound. The front facing camera is used for Windows Hello, Microsoft’s version of Face ID. Facial Recognition is so fast and accurate you often won’t even see your lock screen wallpaper. In use with Paint 3D, you can use Augmented Reality features and place your custom created creations in your home or place 3D objects from the curated library of objects.
The display is the largest on any Surface Pro model, at a full 13 inches, it bests Apple iPad Pro. The 13″ PixelSense display with 2800 x 1920 pixels fills nearly eliminates the side bezels while leaving space above for the Windows Hello camera and space below for the pen charger. It has ten finger multi-touch and Surface Slim Pen and Surface Pen support. Surface Pro X was able to run all UWP apps and 32-bit x86 apps as well. Recently Adobe released a beta of Photoshop, Lightroom and soon Illustrator for ARM PC’s. With so many other apps being web based, most of the average consumer’s computing needs can be served with the Surface Pro X’s capabilities.