Surface Pro X

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Surface Pro X
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Product familyMicrosoft Surface
Type2-in-1 detachable
Release dateSQ1: 2 October 2019;
3 years ago
SQ2: 1 October 2020;
2 years ago
AvailabilitySQ1: 22 October 2019;
3 years ago
SQ2: 13 October 2020;
2 years ago
Introductory priceSQ1": USD 900 to 1,900
SQ2": USD 1,300 to 1,900
Operating systemWindows 10
(upgradeable to Windows 11)
CPUMicrosoft SQ1 or SQ2
(co-developed with Qualcomm)
Memory8 or 16 GB LPDDR4x RAM
Storage512 GB, 256 GB, 128 GB removable SSD
Removable storagenone
Display13-inch touchscreen
PixelSense display
2880 × 1920, 267 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio, 450 nits
GraphicsSQ1: Adreno 685 GPU
SQ2: Adreno 690 GPU
Sound2W stereo speakers Dolby Audio
InputBuilt in: touchscreen, ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Sold separately: keyboard, touchpad, mouse, stylus pen, Surface Dial
CameraFront: 5 MP, 1080p HD
Rear: 10 MP, 4K
TouchpadAvailable with Surface Type Cover accessory
ConnectivityWiFi 5, Bluetooth 5, USB 3, LTE A, GPS
Online servicesMicrosoft Store, OneDrive
Dimensions287 mm x 208 mm x 7.3 mm
(11.3 in x 8.2 in x 0.28 in)
Mass774 g (1.706 lb) tablet only
PredecessorSurface 2
SuccessorSurface Pro 9

The Surface Pro X is a 2-in-1 detachable tablet computer developed by Microsoft. It was developed alongside and was announced on 2 October 2019 alongside the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3.[1] Updated hardware was announced alongside Surface Laptop Go and Surface accessories on October 1, 2020[2] and September 22, 2021.[3] The device starts at $899.99 USD / £849.99.[4][5]

The Surface Pro X comes with a Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2 ARM processor, which the company claimed has three times the performance of an x86 MacBook Air, whilst also having a 13-hour battery life. This is due to the increased power efficiency of ARM processors compared to traditional x86 processors.[1][6][7] Microsoft has previously used ARM processors in the discontinued Surface RT and Windows Phone devices.

Microsoft now offers a Wifi-only version of the device as announced at their Surface Event on September 22, 2021.[8]


The Surface Pro X starts at US$899.99 / £849.99 for the least expensive model with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage.

The device can be bought with either 8 GB or 16 GB RAM. Users can also choose between 128 GB, 256 GB and 512 GB of storage.[9]

Surface Pro X configuration options[10][11][12]
Price tier in USD CPU GPU RAM Internal storage LTE Color
Consumer Business
900 Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685 8 GB 128 GB No P
1000 1100 Yes B
1100 256 GB No P
1300 1400 Yes B
1500 1600 16 GB B
1800 1900 512 GB B
1300 Microsoft SQ2 Adreno 690 256 GB No P
1500 1600 Yes P B
1500 512 GB No P
1800 1900 Yes P B

 Platinum   Black 

Hardware and design[edit]

The Surface Pro X is the 7th addition to Surface Pro lineup alongside the Surface Pro 7. Microsoft markets the tablet as a "go-anywhere, do-anything PC".[13] Microsoft claims the Surface Pro X's battery can last up to 13 hours of use.

Compared to the Surface Pro 6, the Surface Pro X is slimmer and has rounder edges featuring a matte black finish construction in platinum and black finish. The device contains 2 USB-C ports, an eSIM and a SIM card slot for LTE, a removable SSD, and the Surface Connect port for charging. There are no microSD card slot and headphone jack on the tablet, requiring its users to use dongles and USB-C or Bluetooth enabled headphones.[13]

The device's screen is a 13-inch touchscreen display, with smaller bezels compared to other Surface Pro devices.[14]

The device uses Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2[15] ARM processors co-developed by Qualcomm, based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 1 and Gen 2 processors respectively. A Qualcomm X24 LTE modem is also featured in the device for both processors.


The Surface Pro X comes pre-installed with an ARM-based version of Windows 10, which supports ARM32 and ARM64 UWP and desktop apps from the Microsoft Store or from other sources. x86 applications can be run through emulation, addressing a major issue of Windows RT.[16][17][18] Emulation of x64 applications is an upcoming feature that is already available to Windows Insiders for testing.[19] In addition, Hyper-V can be installed on ARM64 devices such as the Surface Pro X running the Pro or Enterprise editions of Windows 10.[20]


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  2. ^ "Microsoft's updated Surface Pro X has a faster processor and new platinum color option". The Verge. 1 October 2020.
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  8. ^ "The Surface Pro X gets a Wi-Fi-only version". The Verge. 22 September 2021.
  9. ^ "Configure your Surface Pro X". Microsoft Store.
  10. ^ "Configure Surface Pro X". Microsoft Store.
  11. ^ "Configure Surface Pro X for Business". Microsoft Store.
  12. ^ "Configure your Surface Pro X". Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  13. ^ a b Brant, Tom (6 November 2019). "Microsoft Surface Pro X". PC Mag.
  14. ^ Warren, Tom (6 November 2019). "Surface Pro X vs Pro 7: ARM Needs Some Legs". The Verge.
  15. ^ Blog, Microsoft Devices (1 October 2020). "Introducing Surface Laptop Go, new updates to Surface Pro X and new accessories". Microsoft Devices Blog. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
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  17. ^ hickeys. "How x86 and ARM32 emulation work on ARM - UWP applications". Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  18. ^ Tracy, Phillip (8 October 2019). "Surface Pro X with ARM CPU: What It Can (and Can't) Run". LaptopMag. Retrieved 27 November 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  19. ^ "Microsoft announces support for x64 emulation on Windows 10 on ARM". MSPoweruser. 10 December 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
  20. ^ Blog, Windows Insider (21 May 2020). "Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19631". Windows Insider Blog. Retrieved 22 January 2021.