The Surface Pro 6 Is Looking Pretty Boring

The Surface Pro 6 Is Looking Pretty Boring

If you’ve been holding out for a radical update to the Microsoft Surface Pro, it looks like you’ll be disappointed. According to leaks showing a minor change to the case and a CPU bump, this is very much 2017’s Surface Pro all over again.

A number of leaks point to a move to the 8th generation Intel CPUs and small shift in the shape of the body, with the corners getting a little more rounded.

Surprisingly, USB-C support looks to still be omitted with traditional USB-A connectors, the magnetic Surface power connector and mini-DisplayPort being retained. And the new models will have the same 12.3-inch PixelSense panel running at a 2736 × 1824 resolution.

It’s hard to believe USB-C is being held back. It’s fast becoming the defacto standard for peripherals and there are plenty of adaptors available for connecting other devices.

While the Surface Pro is a very popular device – I see a lot of them at airports suggesting they’re popular with business travellers – there’s been very little change over the last couple of generations. And while these updates don’t make the device any less useful, the once-innovative Surface Pro is being overtaken by many competitors.


  • What are you talking about? Competition? The surface has no equivalent. iPad? Not at the same price. Mac book? The latter has got no touch screen but got USB c( only that actually). The pro 6 is just a better iteration of a good design like three iPhone x’s max.

  • You answered your own question regarding USB-C. Lots of BUSINESS travellers. Business always lags in technology adoption… I mean so many of them still drive WinXP and IE11 fer chrissakes!

    The reasons previously given still hold true today as much as they did just over a year ago:

    While Panay jokes about USB-C and the dongle problem, he has some serious answers as to why it’s missing on both the new Surface Pro and Laptop. “The last thing I want is to take away the port they need today and tomorrow and the next day, to achieve a technology milestone where I then put a barrier in front of my customers,” says Panay. “A dongle or an adaptor or a cable that didn’t work because it was Thunderbolt or wasn’t Thunderbolt or I bought the wrong peripheral or I tried to charge it with my phone charger but it wasn’t enough to charge my device all day. Those are those moments.”


  • so are businesses buying surface pro’s for their employees rather than traditional laptops? so the surface pro is aimed for working individuals rather than retail? just want to understand who the end consumer is expected to be.

    i bought one before – returned within a week. didn’t do anything good enough.

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