Enlarge / The Surface Pro X isn’t getting a hardware update today, but there’s a new WiFi-only model and Windows 11 will improve app compatibility.
Microsoft today gave the x86-based Surface Pro and Surface Go tablets a major overhaul and update, but the ARM-based Surface Pro X isn’t getting any noteworthy hardware upgrades. However, Microsoft is releasing a Wi-Fi-only model that drops the tablet’s entry-level price to $ 899 (compared to $ 999 for the base LTE model, which also has a Microsoft SQ1 processor, 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB Memory contains).
The Surface Pro 8 inherited most of the design improvements from the Surface Pro X, but the Surface Pro X remains a bit thinner, is completely fanless, and about a quarter pound lighter (1.7 pounds compared to 1.96 pounds before the addition of a keyboard or .) Other Accessories). Microsoft has also updated the Surface Slim Pen – the $ 130 Slim Pen 2 moves the pen’s button from the narrow side to the flat side and adds a haptic vibration motor to give the “pen feel” on paper “To replicate. However, this functionality apparently requires the Microsoft G6 chip in the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio. On other devices, including the Surface Pro X, the pen supports the same 4,096 pressure levels as its predecessor and remains compatible with Surface devices up to Surface Pro 3.
The main Surface Pro X upgrade that Microsoft focused on is Windows 11 itself, which addresses some of the Surface Pro X’s software compatibility issues by supporting emulation of 64-bit x86 code. Windows 10 can only emulate 32-bit x86 apps, although beta versions of Windows 10 have supported x86-64 code emulation since late last year. You still have to grapple with the performance degradation of code emulation.
Microsoft is using ARM64EC to make it easier for developers to create native ARM Windows apps in Windows 11. The new 64-bit ARM version of Microsoft Office uses ARM64EC to take advantage of native ARM performance while maintaining support for add-ins compiled for the x86-64 versions of Office.
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