Microsoft’s Surface Pro X launched at a penny shy of $1,000, and that’s before you factor in the Signature Keyboard and Surface Pen. As such, we wouldn’t blame you if the price was the biggest reason for not considering this device. The good news is it’s already available for up to $200 off, despite being only two months old.
As a refresher, the Surface Pro X stuffs a 13-inch, 2,880 x 1,920 display into a 12-inch body. It’s the thinnest and lightest Surface Pro device to date, measuring 5.3 mm at the thinnest point and weighing 1.68 pounds. There’s also up to 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage.
Where the Surface Pro X differs from its Surface siblings is with the processor. The Surface Pro X has the Microsoft SQ1, a version of the Snapdragon 8cx processor made in conjunction with Qualcomm. The processor allows for built-in LTE and supposedly-long battery life, though those features come at the cost of app compatibility and slightly-hampered performance.
Because the SQ1 is a 64-bit ARM processor, 64-bit ARM apps will run best. The Surface Pro X’s emulation layer lets you run 32-bit Windows apps, but expect performance and battery life to take a hit. Unfortunately, you can’t run 64-bit x86 apps. It’s worth doing some research and seeing if your favorite Windows programs have 32-bit versions.
If you want the base version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, it now costs $899.99 ($100 off). Meanwhile, the 8 GB/256 GB and 16 GB/256 GB versions now cost $1,099.99 ($200 off) and $1,299.99 ($200 off), respectively. Finally, the top-tier version with 16 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage now costs $1,599.99 ($200 off).
It’s hard to say how long this price cut will last, so grab it while it’s hot.
Microsoft Surface Pro X – 13" Touch-Screen – SQ1 - 8GB Memory - 128GB Solid State Drive – Wifi + 4G Lte – Matte Black
The Surface Pro X is Microsoft's thinnest and lightest Surface Pro to date. That's thanks to the SQ1 processor, which promises long battery life and solid performance.