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Here's the latest Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ for Business

Source: Microsoft

Microsoft just unveiled their Surface Pro 7 Plus (or Pro 7+), a business variant of its demanding detachable pc. The company is releasing a refreshed version of the Surface Pro 7 called the Pro 7 Plus for the business and education markets where previously the expectation was for the Pro 8

Besides the less difference between the Pro 7 Plus and the Pro 7, the Plus version does have some advantages for business users. The most important being the new 11th Gen Intel vPro chips with Iris Xe graphics and optional 4G LTE, a feature previously only available on the Surface Pro X.

The design is unchanged by eye, the Surface Pro 7 Plus now allows you to easily remove and replace the SSD, similar to the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 3. These tweak not only attracts the business end user while it also give average pc user the admiration.

The latest Intel's 11th Gen chips can improve the battery life of the Pro 7 plus based on Intel's statement on their chipset, then the "Pro" edition could be a compelling option for business users and everyday consumers alike.

Source: Microsoft

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus will be available on January 15 in the US with a starting price of $899. While the starting price is below $1,000, the higher-end model with a Core i7 CPU, 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD costs a hefty $2,800.

Over the years the Surface designs have remain unchanged. This does give the pros and the cons for it. The unique design language and the magnesium materials of the Surface Pro 7+ are the pros. However, the large chunk of bezels are still distracting and the kickstand, while flexible, isn't great for using the tablet on your lap.

The addition of a removable SSD to the rear of the device is a plus point to get this Surface. Using a SIM tool and a single Torx T3 screwdriver, users can now painlessly replace the SSD if it runs out of capacity or stops working. At 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches and 1.7 pounds, the Surface Pro 7 Plus is the same size and weight as the Surface Pro 7. It is available in Platinum and Black color variants.

Source: Microsoft

If you are the types of user who forgets your password then the tablet with an IR camera for Windows Hello facial recognition is the right one for you. You can use this feature to log in or authenticate certain apps (sorry, no fingerprint sensor). Also on-board the Pro 7 Plus is a TPM 2.0 chip, which ensures that every bit of data being transferred to and from the device is encrypted. For ports, you get one USB-C input, a USB-A port, a microSD card slot and a Surface Connect+ port.

The display comes with a 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824-pixel PixelSense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a 267 pixels per inch density. If it's anything like the one on the Pro 7 (and it really should be), the panel will be vivid, bright and detailed.

Powered by 11th Gen Intel Core vPro chips with Iris Xe graphics, the Surface Pro 7+ will have better turbo boost and efficiency compare with the Iced Lake processors. Perhaps the most significant upgrade will be in graphics performance; as we've seen in other laptops with 11th Gen chips, the integrated Iris Xe graphics are capable of running AAA games at decent frame rates, albeit at lower graphics settings. The specific processors available on the Surface Pro 7+ are Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7 CPUs. Microsoft says the Surface Pro 7+ is "2.1x faster" than before.

The RAM comes with an 8GB or 16GB while for the Wi-Fi and LTE versions or up to 32GB of RAM in the Wi-Fi-only edition. Storage goes up to 1TB on the Wi-Fi version but maxed out at only 256GB on the LTE model. Along with LTE, connectivity support includes Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. Unfortunately, there is no 5G support and the USB-C input is not Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4.

On the rear of the Surface Pro 7+ is an 8MP, 1080p camera while a 5MP webcam is found on the front. Microsoft's products have some of the best webcams in the business so expect a sharp image during video conference calls.

Microsoft claims the Surface Pro 7 Plus' battery life at 15 hours for the Wi-Fi version and 13.5 hours for the LTE model. Anything above 8 hours is considered as great so this battery duration certainly add the icing on an already beautiful cake. The Pro 7 Plus can apparently charge to 80% capacity in just under an hour, so you won't be tethered to an outlet for very long.

Surface Pro 7 Plus appears to be a welcome upgrade over the Surface Pro 7. It comes with a faster performance thanks to Intel 11th Gen vPro chips along with a removable SSD and LTE support.

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