Surface Pro

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Surface Pro
Surface Pro.jpg
Surface Pro with stylus (detached from keyboard cover)
Developer Microsoft
Manufacturer Pegatron[1]
Type 2-in-1 detachable tablet
Release date February 9, 2013 (2013-02-09) (United States)[2]
May 2013 (2013-05) (UK)[3]
Discontinued October 22, 2013 (2013-10-22)
Operating system Windows 8 Pro (Upgradable to Windows 8.1 and upgradable from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10)
CPU Intel low-voltage dual-core
1.7 up to 2.6 GHz, 3 MB cache, 17 W[4][5]
Memory GB dual-channel DDR3-1600 (25.6 GB/sec)
Storage 64 GB (23 GB available)
128 GB (83 GB available)[6]
256 GB[7]
Removable storage microSD slot, accepts cards of up to 200 GB[8]
Display 10.6 inches (27 cm) 1920x1080[9] (208 ppi) ClearType HD screen with 16:9 aspect ratio
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
Input 10-point multi-touch screen, pen input with Wacom digital pen digitizer, ambient light sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, compass, dual microphones
Camera Front: 1.2 MP, 720p HD
Rear: 1.2 MP AF, 720p HD
Connectivity 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort
Power 151.2 kJ (42 W·h) battery (4-5 hours)[10]
Online services Windows Store, Xbox Music, OneDrive, Xbox Games, Xbox Video
Dimensions 10.81 inches (27.5 cm) (w)
6.81 inches (17.3 cm) (h)
0.53 inches (13 mm) (d)
Weight 2 pounds (910 g)
Successor Surface Pro 2 (2013)

The Surface Pro is a first generation 2-in-1 detachable of the Microsoft Surface series, designed and manufactured by Microsoft. The device ran a 64-bit version of Windows 8 Pro operating system with a free upgrade possibility to Windows 8.1 Pro, and eventually also Windows 10. Initially announced as Surface for Windows 8 Pro on June 18, 2012, at a Los Angeles event,[11] Microsoft later renamed the device to Surface Pro, and launched it on February 9, 2013.


Microsoft did not take pre-orders for the Surface Pro. It was available for a purchase on February 9, 2013, in the United States, Canada and China[12] and was released on 23 May 2013, in the United Kingdom and a number of other countries.[13]



The Surface Pro shares a lot of its design traits with its lower cost counterpart, the original Surface hybrid tablet, announced on the same day. Both have the dark VaporMg[11] coating over the same magnesium body and a 10-point multi-touch enabled 10.6 inches (27 cm) screen with crack resistant Gorilla Glass. The Wifi is 802.11 a/b/g/n.

However, the resolution on the Surface Pro is higher and is 1920x1080, and the screen has a Wacom digitizer for pen input. Surface Pro runs a dual-core 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U CPU, with a Turbo Boost frequency of up to 2.6 GHz with a built-in Intel HD Graphics 4000. It has 4 GB of memory and a 64 or 128 GB solid-state drive. Unique to the Surface and Surface Pro is the kickstand which can be flipped out from the back, propping the device up. The kickstand comes out of the devices at a 22 degree angle, the same angle the edges of the device are angled at.[14]

Along the right side of the device, the Surface Pro has a micro-SD card slot on top (with support for cards up to 200 GB), followed by the power port, and near the bottom, a Mini DisplayPort to connect a number of external displays. The bottom of the device (dubbed the "accessory spine") contains the cover port to attach a Touch Cover or Type Cover. In addition to the magnetic attachments, the cover port on the Surface Pro contains a pogo pin connector. Unique to the Surface Pro, compared to the Surface tablet, is the addition of power connectors for compatibility with the Surface Power Cover. The left side of the 2-in-1 contains a full-sized USB 3 port, the volume rocker, and the audio jack. The power button is on the top of the device.[15] On the front and back of the device are two 720p Lifecam cameras, and inside is a 42 Watt-hour battery. Other sensors include an ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass.


Surface Pro originally shipped with Windows 8 Pro, but was upgradeable to Windows 8.1 Pro. The Surface Pro is further capable of upgrading to Windows 10 Pro, which became a free upgrade for users since July 29, 2015.


The 2-in-1 features two types of detachable keyboards: Type Cover and Touch Cover, both with the integrated touchpad. The former have 5 millimetres (0.20 in) width and moving keys for a more traditional typing feel and the latter is 3 millimetres (0.12 in) thin and its keys do not move. Both accessories are also additionally a protective screen cover and are sold separately.[11]

Surface Pro is the first device in the Surface family to feature a stylus pen input. Pro Pen is based on Wacom digitizer technology. It is integrated with OneNote software which is also included with the Surface Pro and used for note taking and sketches.[16]

The Surface Pro includes a 48-watt power supply with additional 5 W USB port for charging other devices. In early 2016, Microsoft issued a recall for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 chargers sold before the 15th of July, 2015 due to the risk of electrical fire.[17]


Surface Pro received mixed reviews from the computer hardware critics. While most praised the convertible nature of the device, which can be used both as a tablet and a laptop, its design and a precise pressure-sensitive pen, the typical complaints were a short battery life, bulkiness compared to traditional ARM-based tablets and excessive heat and fan noise during periods of heavy load.[18][19][20]

With the release of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, cooling issues were resolved. MS engineered the computers to dissipate 60% of their heat through the metal body using a combination of heat pipes and copper sinks. The fans only activate under load, allowing the computer to run cold and silent.


Surface Hub Surface Studio Surface Book 2 Surface Book Surface Laptop Surface Pro (2017) Surface Pro 4 Surface Pro 3 Surface Pro 2 Surface Pro Surface 3 Surface 2 Surface (2012 tablet)
Source: Microsoft Devices Blog


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  2. ^ "Growing the Surface Family: Surface Windows 8 Pro Availability Confirmed". Microsoft. January 22, 2013. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Microsoft Surface Pro gets May UK release date and price". PC Advisor. June 4, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  4. ^ ARK | Intel® Core™ i5-3317U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.60 GHz). Retrieved on 2015-10-09.
  5. ^ Paul Thurrott (21 January 2013). "Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro Preview". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Microsoft's 64GB Surface Pro will only have 23GB usable storage | The Verge
  7. ^ "Monster 256GB Microsoft Surface Pro surfaces in Japan". May 29, 2013. Retrieved June 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "World's Highest Capacity microSD™ Card". Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Help me choose which Windows tablet is best for me". Retrieved October 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ Microsoft Surface Pro review | The Verge
  11. ^ a b c "Microsoft Announces Surface: New Family of PCs for Windows". 18 June 2012. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Microsoft Grows Surface Family". 22 January 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Martin, Chris (16 May 2013). "Microsoft Surface Pro gets May UK release date and price". Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "Microsoft announces Surface Pro 2 with updated kickstand and Haswell processor". The Verge. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  15. ^ "Surface Pro with Windows 8 Pro - Fact Sheet". February 2013. Retrieved 2015-07-16. 
  16. ^ "Using the Pro Pen". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Page, Carly (4 February 2016). "Surface Pro charger recall follows 56 reports of fiery cables". The Inquirer. Retrieved 21 January 2018. 
  18. ^ Branscombe, Mary (14 July 2014). "Microsoft Surface Pro review". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  19. ^ Stein, Scott (14 October 2014). "Microsoft Surface Pro review: Smart almost-laptop nearly gets it right". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  20. ^ Lal Shimpi, Anand (5 February 2013). "Microsoft Surface Pro Review". Retrieved 3 June 2015. 

External links[edit]

Official website

Preceded by
Surface Pro
1st generation
Succeeded by
Surface Pro 2