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  • Display : 12.3 inches, TFT LCD
  • Max OS : Windows 10 Pro
  • Storage : 128 GB
  • RAM : 4 GB
  • Body Material : Aluminium
  • Cameras : Rear: 8 MP, Front: 5 MP
  • Dimensions (L, B, W) : 11.5, 7.9, 0.3 in.
  • Connectivity : Wi-Fi

Microsoft knew exactly who they were targeting with their Surface Pro line of tablets. And they kept refining their star player till they got it just right.

And that, dear friend, happens to be the Surface Pro 4 (i5).

Before you read ahead, you really should read our detailed introductory write-up about the Surface Pro 4 line here. You’ll learn a lot about the background of the refreshed lineup.

Others may consider a second-of-three player as a mid-level performer included in the lineup purely for political or strategic, but Microsoft doesn’t agree.

The i5 version is clearly their biggest crowd-puller. And it’s priced like that too. While it is about $100 more expensive than the m3 version, we assure you, you get more bang for the proverbial buck. For one, the Intel 520 GPU is 150 MHz faster than the Intel 515 GPU found on the m3. And second, it is said that the i5 runs at least an hour more than the m3 on a single battery charge.

Under the hood, this tablet packs a sixth generation Intel Core i5 processor with Intel HD graphics 520 and 4 or 8 GB of RAM, depending on what you prefer.

If that’s too much jargon, let us simplify it for you – its akin to that Batmobile that had a jet engine strapped to it; here it comes with gorgeous graphics too.

On the storage front, you get 128 GB of solid state storage (with the 4 GB RAM variant) and 256 GB of storage with the 8 GB RAM variant.

And while that’s enough for most people, Microsoft has been kind (or smart, you take your pick) to also include a microSD slot, which allows you to expand storage by another 256 GB!

Just reading this impressive spec sheet, induced us to pull rank on some kind folks in the retail world; we took the Surface Pro 4 for a ride. Here’s what we thought:
The Surface Pro 4 (i5) handles pretty much everything you can throw at it. From 23 GB movies, to heavy-duty games that would make Batman wheeze, to impossibly high-definition imagery.

We won’t insult the Surface Pro 4 by talking about the cakewalks that regular web browsing and multimedia usage turned out to be. We didn’t check for 4K video editing though (so we’re keeping mum about that, but we won’t be surprised if the Pro 4 handles that without breaking a sweat).

Overall we believe the tablet is juiced enough to be a complete business machine. The only downside… we really miss fast charging on this particular range of tablets – it takes over two and half hours to fully charge the Surface Pro 4. So plan ahead if you’re planning a trip.

Summarising: The Surface Pro 4 (i5) is clearly going to give Apple some sleepless nights, even though the iPad Pro (12.9) is a great machine, yet no one likes competition – especially not as competent as the i5 proves to be!

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