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A Microsoft Surface tablet with a removable SSD and default hardware virtualization tools will start shipping later this month to business and education customers struggling to get tech into the hands of their homebound workers and students. The new Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ will also feature Intel’s latest 11th Generation Core processors, helping to potentially increase battery life and performance. Microsoft says the Surface Pro 7+ will be more capable and last longer away from a power outlet than the consumer-focused Surface Pro 7, even with its added hardware security and virtualization tools.
Although the Surface Pro 7+ is intended for business customers and will mostly be sold through large-scale purchase agreements, you’ll still be able to buy one at Microsoft’s online store. The base model Surface Pro 7+ has a list price of $899. It comes with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of memory, and a 128GB SSD. The company will also sell a $1,149 upgraded model with LTE and eSIM support, as well as a Core i5, Iris Xe graphics, and increased memory and storage amounts.
Neither of these configurations include the optional digital stylus or keyboard cover. The Surface Pro Signature Type Cover, a $160 accessory, attaches magnetically to the tablet and comes in complementary colors, including the Platinum option of the Surface Pro 7+.
In addition to the switch to 11th Generation Core processors, the Surface Pro 7+ will also feature a redesigned removable boot drive. This allows IT departments easier access during repairs and replacements, and also lets users with extremely sensitive data store the Surface Pro 7+’s boot drive in a separate location from the device.
The removable SSD concept first debuted on Microsoft’s Surface Pro X tablet, which the company updated last fall with a speedier processor. That tablet, which uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, lacks a fan and runs silently. The Surface Pro 7+ will use a cooling fan.
The dual cameras are sure to be the most useful Surface Pro 7+ feature for remote workers who frequently need to video conference. There’s a 5MP front-facing camera and 8MP rear-facing one. Both support 1080p resolution, up from the standard 720p and 1MP that is common on many laptop webcams.
Microsoft notes that the Surface Pro 7+ will come with two hardware virtualization features enabled by default. Virtualization-based security (VBS) and virtualization-based code integrity (VCI) are built in to Windows but are typically disabled by default as they can cause issues with apps and device drivers. Microsoft has verified that they work on the Surface Pro +, so they’ll be turned on by default.
Microsoft also plans to ramp up its business customization options with the Surface Pro 7+. Customers will be able to have their own system images loaded onto the device at the factory and shipped straight to end users, which Microsoft says will save IT departments on average four hours of configuration work per device.
Other OEMs, including Dell, have also invested heavily in these factory-customization problems during the coronavirus pandemic.
A Much Larger Surface Hub
In addition to the new Surface Pro +, Microsoft also plans to begin shipping its previously announced 85-inch Surface Hub 2S this month. The future of this monstrous digital whiteboard aimed at corporate boardrooms and university lecture halls was initially uncertain as companies and schools sent everyone home, but Microsoft now says its customers are clamoring for the larger screen as a remote learning and working tool.
Surface Hub 2S customers include Formula One and Northwestern University, which have been using the device to virtually unite faculty and employees across multiple countries who are all working from home.
The 85-inch Surface Hub 2S has a list price of $21,999.
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