Although we had every reason to expect Microsoft to hold some sort of an event this fall dedicated to something other than the experimental Surface Duo, the Redmond-based tech giant made absolutely no effort to build buzz for what was ultimately announced earlier today.
A new chipset and a software-based battery life upgrade
Developed in collaboration with Qualcomm, just like its predecessor, the Microsoft SQ2 chipset promises to deliver “best-in-class” graphics performance thanks to an integrated Adreno 690 GPU, up from the SQ1’s 685.
Interestingly, the battery life is also enhanced, from up to 13 to a maximum of 15 hours of “typical device usage” on a single charge, but that goes for both the SQ1 and SQ2 variants, being made possible by some proprietary software wizardry.
The only other change exclusive to the costlier Surface Pro X models is a swanky Platinum hue borrowed from so many previous and current Microsoft-made products, with new Platinum, Ice Blue, and Poppy Red color options soon to be made available for the optional productivity-enhancing Signature Keyboard as well.
4G LTE is… better than nothing
Speaking of availability, the refreshed ultra-high-end Surface Pro X variants are supposed to go up for pre-order today, although that doesn’t appear to have happened at the time of this writing. We’ll be sure to update our story with some relevant links as soon as they materialize, but there’s probably no reason to hurry and buy this extravagant thing, which will only start shipping stateside on October 13.
On the bright side, the PixelSense display is still great, sporting a resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels, and you get up to a hefty 16 gigs of memory, two USB-C ports, and a premium body measuring a measly 7.3mm in thickness with the Surface Pro X.