It has been about 18 months since Microsoft launched the last Surface Pro, but yesterday it announced the Surface Pro 6, which we\’ve compared to the new Surface Laptop 2, and which will be available in black, just like the original tablet which launched in 2012.
Don’t expect big changes: the formula works and Microsoft isn’t about to change it. So the new Surface Pro has a 12.3in PixelSense display and the familiar ‘full friction’ kickstand that allows you to get the perfect tilt angle.
Read our Surface Pro 6 review.
As before the keyboard and stylus – Surface Pen – are optional extras which add to the already high prices, and you’ll almost certainly need one or other of them, but at least you have the choice.
The Surface Pro 6 is available to pre-order from Microsoft’s website immediately and it goes on sale 17 October (16 October in the US).
You can also buy it from John Lewis, PC World, Argos and Amazon.
Prices start at £879/US$899 for the Platimum model with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
The entry-level black model is the same except it has a 256GB SSD and costs £1,149 / US$1,199.
If you want a Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD, that’s £1,799 / US$1,899. Currently the 1TB storage option is unavailable in black, but you can specify it for the platinum Surface Pro 6, which brings the price to £2,149 / US$2,299, and remember all these are without a keyboard or stylus.
The Surface Pro Signature Type Cover – the keyboard – comes in Platinum, Cobalt Blue, Burgundy and Aqua and costs £149.99 / US$159.99.
The Surface Pen costs £99.99 / US$99.99.