Microsoft has taken the wraps off the new Surface Pro 6, where it's been a little over a year since an update on the device was released. The most noticeable changes include a new color variant matte black and eighth-generation Intel Core processors under the hood.
Matte Black Color Option
The last time that the company used black on a Surface Pro was on the original and the Surface Pro 2, and now it's bringing it back with the newest device in the line. The whole device is black, giving it an overall sleek look. Needless to say, users can pick out the Type Cover and use different colors.
New Interior Design
According to Panos Panay, Microsoft's head of the Surface brand, the Surface Pro 6 has a new internal design. What that entails are a better cooling system and support for quad-core chips. As the company claims, it has a 67 percent performance boost over the previous model.
More than that, users can now cram up to 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD into it, which isn't a common sight to see in laptop-tablet hybrids.
Same Old External Design
There's a lot going on inside the Surface Pro 6, but on the outside, there isn't much to go on about, except for the new matte black color option, of course. It still weighs 1.7 pounds, and it still sports the same design as its predecessor and the same 12.3-inch display, complete with the familiar, not-so-thin bezels.
However, the worst part is, the device is retaining the same ports, or in other words, there's no USB-C on it. That's disappointing to say the least, especially considering that the Surface Go has it.
The Surface Pro 6 isn't launching until Oct. 16, but it's already available for preorder. It starts out at $899, and that's for the platinum colored version with an Intel Core i5 chip, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of native storage. The matte black variant comes with 256 GB of storage and a $1,199 starting price point. Take note that the Type Cover is still sold separately, and that will cost at least a hundred bucks more.