Microsoft Unveils AI-Enabled Surface Devices with Intel's Latest Processor

Published March 21, 2024

In a recent virtual press conference, Microsoft introduced its new Surface lineup, including an updated tablet and business laptops. These devices, designed for leveraging AI capabilities, are equipped with Intel's newest AI PC chip, the H-Series Core Ultra processor from the Meteor Lake family, which integrates a neural processing unit (NPU).

The starting price for these AI-equipped devices is $1,199, with higher-end models reaching up to $3,000, not counting additional peripherals. The Surface Pro 10 tablet, starting with the base specs, offers a 13-inch LCD screen, an Ultra 5 135U processor with 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB hard drive. Enhanced configurations and added features, such as more RAM and larger storage, can increase the price to $2,799.

Amongst other features, the tablet boasts two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, a charging port with optional hubs, an NFC reader for secure logins, and the possibility of a 5G card. Microsoft estimates the battery life at 19 hours, and the base model has a weight of 1.94 lbs. Additionally, a keyboard and revamped trackpad are available for added costs.

Improvements to the Surface 6 touchscreen laptops include AI-driven cameras for more engaging video meetings and enhanced displays. The laptops are offered in two sizes, 13.5 inches and 15 inches, and various connectivity options, with US and Canada getting an exclusive smartcard reader. The laptops promise a 19-hour battery life and a design that allows for the efficient function of Intel chips without overheating.

Microsoft's commitment to sustainability reflects in the Surface Pro 10's 72 percent recycled materials, while the Surface 6 laptops contain over 25 percent recycled content. The devices also feature QR codes to simplify repairs. Though initially targeting business customers, consumer versions are anticipated for release in May.

All about the AI

Microsoft emphasized the AI capabilities of the new Surface lineup, particularly the integration of Copilot. A specialized Copilot key is introduced to quickly access Microsoft's machine learning system embedded across its software suite. Copilot's features were showcased during the event, including real-time minute-taking in OneNote and the drafting of business documents.

Supporting Copilot is part of Microsoft's wider strategy involving a $10 billion investment in OpenAI. Though immediate financial returns are not expected, the new Surface devices highlight Microsoft's vision for AI's role in boosting user productivity across their applications, backed by Windows 11.

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