Surface Pro 7+ brings next level performance and versatility to the enterprise

Published 01-11-2021 06:01 AM 14.7K Views
Microsoft

Surface Pro 7+ for Business, the latest generation of the class defining Surface 2-in-1 delivers next level performance and versatility to commercial enterprises and educational institutions.

 

SurfacePro7+1.pngKey differences with Surface Pro 7+ for Business:

 

  • Removable SSD with options of up to 1 terabyte of storage making it easier for organizations to retain and protect sensitive information.
  • Optional LTE Advanced1 so you can stay connected and receive the latest updates wherever you go.
  • Up to 15 hours of battery life2 (4.5 hours more than Pro 7) plus fast charging that restores battery levels to 80 percent in about an hour.3

 

As a program manager in the commercial engineering group, I’ve been fortunate to learn directly from customers about what matters most when it comes to choosing the best devices for their company and employees.  Of course, what stands out as top of mind for almost everyone is ease of device deployment and manageability along with built in, chip to cloud security. So it’s with that lens that I’d like to do a quick tour of our newest Surface 2-in-1, beginning with the different ways you can use the device.

 

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More control with cloud-first device deployment and management

Surface Pro 7+ offers some of the most flexible device management options. Starting with device procurement, before devices are shipped using the Windows Autopilot service Surface Pro 7+ can be placed under management and personalized with required apps and policies, enabling factory direct delivery to your users.

 

Defense in depth with protection from Microsoft

Every layer is maintained by Microsoft, from the hardened firmware that is adopted from a Microsoft open-source UEFI, to the operating system, through to cloud management. Once devices are up and running, using the Device Firmware Configuration Interface (DFCI), hardware capabilities like built-in cameras, microphones, speakers and radios can be individually disabled at the firmware level using cloud-based policy settings from Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Manager.

 

Optional LTE Advanced

Of course, a big differentiator for Surface Pro 7+ is the optional LTE Advanced connectivity. Surface Pro 7+ with LTE Advanced is available with the fan-less Core i5 configuration and works with both eSIM and physical nano SIM. Instead of handing out physical SIM cards to your mobile workforce, you can centrally manage calling and network data using eSIM based LTE services.

 

We’ve now expanded our eSIM ecosystem, giving you more options for geographical coverage. In fact, the eSIM profile in Surface Pro 7+ unlocks access to more mobile operators and services in over 180 countries. Additionally, LTE Advanced can ensure reliable network and internet connections and works in tandem with built-in Wi-Fi 6 capabilities, to avoid dropped video calls and to provide resiliency when Wi-Fi connections aren’t reliable or available. And because Surface Pro 7+ with LTE Advanced is typically always connected, devices can receive updates as soon as they become available.

 

Intel 11th Gen “Tiger Lake” processors

Surface Pro 7+ uses the latest 11th gen Intel Core processors more than doubling the performance of the previous generation. And it’s 3.5 times faster than Surface Pro with LTE Advanced from 2017. With options for Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, Surface Pro 7+ is the first Surface Pro device to offer up to 32 gigabytes of RAM and 1 Terabyte of storage. Of course, Surface Pro 7+ supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. This, combined with the optional LTE Advanced, gives you enhanced connectivity.

 

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Design innovations help boost battery run time

The new thermal design is the most efficient and compact to date. It uses graphite heat spreading, heat pipes and carbon composite materials along with larger vents.  Core i7 is designed to minimize fan speed and noise to only the most intensive workloads, while the Core i3 and i5 models are silent and fan-less. We also worked on freeing up internal space by incorporating the same breakthrough technology of Surface Pro X, reducing the thickness of the display. The resulting space advantage went toward increasing the size of the battery. Surface Pro 7+ has the largest battery to date in a Surface Pro with a 50.4-watt hour capacity for improved all-day battery life.

 

Removable SSD

Surface Pro 7+ provides a removable storage solution that helps commercial organizations comply with specific data retention standards. It also facilitates servicing and repair in the unlikely event of an SSD failure. Enterprise customers no longer need to ship devices back to Microsoft, leaving employees with loaner devices for days.removablessd.png

 

Retaining proprietary information is made easy with the ability to replace the SSD on-site. Company assets remain in the company with this new option for same unit repair. These offerings include the rSSD and the SSD Door. Purchase of replacement SSDs will be available to commercial customers through authorized resellers beginning with US distribution.

 

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Compatible accessories

Because it uses the same proven design as Pro 7, companies can leverage their investment in compatible Surface Pro accessories like type covers, cases, pens and certified third-party accessories.

 

Virtual meetings come to life

Support for 1080p Full HD video combined with the dual Studio Microphone array for accurate audio capture makes Surface Pro 7+ ideal for video calls. And, its stereo speakers provide rich sound reproduction using Dolby Atmos®. Capture whiteboard meeting notes and scan documents with the rear-facing 8.0 megapixel HD camera. The high-resolution 12.3” PixelSense™ Display touchscreen features ambient light sensing that automatically adjusts to lighting conditions.

 

Connect dual 4K monitors

You can easily connect additional monitors using the USB-C port or via the optional Surface Dock 2. The USB ports or Surface Connect can support two external displays with up to 4k resolution, at 60 hertz while working simultaneously with the built-in display, which is great to dock at an office or home office workstation.

 

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Sustainable packaging

Then during shipping, for commercial and bulk shipments, Surface Pro 7+ devices are placed in 23% lighter packaging using device folios. This also makes them easier to distribute broadly, while minimizing waste by using 99% natural fiber-based material, of which 64% is post-consumer recycled materials. And of course, this also makes the devices easier to unpack.

 

Surface for Business unlocks more value

In summary, Surface Pro 7+ enables businesses and organizations to save time and money with streamlined deployment, modern device management, and built-in, cloud-powered security along with connected experiences from Surface and Microsoft 365. Confidently invest in Surface for today and the future with accessories that are compatible across generations.

 

To learn more, get a tour from the latest episode of Microsoft Mechanics:

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Learn more

For availability and to learn more, see Surface Pro 7+ for Business.

 

References

1. Service availability and performance subject to service provider’s network. Contact your service provider for details, compatibility, pricing, SIM card, and activation. 

2. Surface Pro 7+ battery life: Up to 15 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in November 2020 (Surface Pro 7+ with Intel 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz, 256GB SSD, 8GB DRAM) using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Pro 7+. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors. LTE battery life: Up to 13.5 hours of battery life based on typical Surface device usage. Testing conducted by Microsoft in December 2020 (Surface Pro 7+ with Intel 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 @ 2.40GHz, 256GB SSD, 8GB DRAM) using preproduction software and preproduction configurations of Surface Pro 7+. Testing consisted of full battery discharge with a mixture of active use and modern standby. The active use portion consists of (1) a web browsing test accessing 8 popular websites over multiple open tabs, (2) a productivity test utilizing Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Outlook, and (3) a portion of time with the device in use with idle applications. All settings were default except screen brightness was set to 150nits with Auto-Brightness disabled.  LTE enabled and device connected to LTE Network. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in airplane mode. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage and other factors. 

3. Testing conducted at Microsoft in October 2020 using pre-production devices and Software. Tested with the inbox Surflink 65W PSU under controlled conditions. Device was powered on to desktop screen with default display brightness settings. Actual charge time will vary based on operating conditions. Actual charge time will vary based on operating conditions. Measured at typical office ambient temperature of 23C.​

 

8 Comments
Contributor

Wish the 'Plus' meant it was going to be a power user surface pro.  Give me the 'H' series of CPUs, even if its a pinch thicker.

Occasional Visitor

Really saddened by this announcement.  Having owned and used a Surface continuously since the original RT, I've been waiting for a 11th gen CPU replacement for my Pro 5 for several months now, only to find that I can't buy one as a consumer.  After 9+ years of Surface tablets, it almost breaks my heart to think that I might have to move on to a different brand/product.

You can also buy the 7+ in the store for private use. There is no restriction that it is only available to business customers. Have a look at the Microsoft Store online in your country.

Frequent Visitor
Frequent Visitor

quynhthibanh@gmail.com

Occasional Contributor

It doesn't look like the new models are listed here: Download drivers and firmware for Surface (microsoft.com) and I'm not yet seeing driver bundles for them for MDT/MEMCM?

Occasional Contributor

Any idea when drivers will be available?  had to throw SP7 drivers via MEMCM and now have freshly enrolled device, but no audio due to lack of drivers

 

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