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Microsoft Launches Surface Pro With 13-Hour Battery Life

Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro during a recent event in Shanghai, touting faster performance for the gadget on the strength of its seventh-generation Intel Core processor.

These processors, dubbed Kaby Lake, are supposed to be 35% faster than the fourth-generation chips. It's not clear, however, how these new processors will fare compared to the sixth-generation series, or the Skylake, since they are built on the same 14nm architecture. Although some reports claim that the Microsoft Surface Pro will be faster and have a longer battery life.

Microsoft says that there is a 20% improvement in performance for the new Surface Pro compared to its previous iteration. In terms of battery life, user will be able to use it for about 13 hours from a full charge, which is about a 50% improvement from the old device. For comparison, the MacBook Air can only last 12 hours before needing a charge.

At first glance, there seems to have been no changes made to the physical design, although the thinner and lighter new Surface Pro is more rounded and less edgy. The 12.3-inch Pixel Sense touchscreen display has been retained, but it doesn't have a USB-C port, but rather the USB 3.0 Type-A, as well as the patented Surface Connect port. There's also a microSD card slot and a mini DisplayPort.

The biggest change, perhaps, is the kickstand which can now lie almost flat on the table. This modification will come as good news for digital artists.

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