Surface Pro 7+ offers new processor and 4G connectivity

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Microsoft has announced its latest Surface Pro. It is a relatively minor update to the Surface Pro 7 that came out in 2020. The tablet is specifically aimed at the business market.

As the name suggests, there are no large-scale changes to the Surface Pro 7+, so our review of the Surface Pro 7 will likely still largely apply. The design, the screen, and the vast majority of the hardware have remained the same.

New processors

The most important change is an update to the new 11th generation Intel processors. Furthermore, Microsoft has added optional support for LTE, which allows its users to connect to the internet when out of WiFi range.

Removable storage

Microsoft has also made the SSD removable. Hidden under the kickstand, a small cover can be removed, behind which the SSD can be found. However, this appears to be a proprietary form factor, so upgrading the SSD will probably be more expensive than simply buying an m.2 SSD and installing it. Microsoft says a maximum of 1TB is available. However, there is also a micro SD slot, theoretically allowing for another 1TB of storage.

Better battery

Finally, Microsoft has improved the battery of the Surface Pro 7+. The new battery has a capacity of 50.4Wh and should last up to 15 hours on a full charge. The quick charger should be able to recharge the battery to 80 percent in about an hour.

The Surface Pro 7+ can be equipped with an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. The i3 and i5 variants do not have a fan, so they operate completely silently. The i7 version does have a fan to keep the faster chip sufficiently cool. Furthermore, the tablet can be equipped with up to 32 GB of RAM.

Availability

The Surface Pro 7+ is available starting this week from 1029 euros for the Wi-Fi only version and 1329 euros for the LTE version. A keyboard or stylus is not included.

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