Lenovo’s Surface competitor has Intel’s new quad-core processors, LTE, and a 3D camera

Lenovo is making its Surface competitor a lot better this year. After slow iterating the Miix tablet from its Core M roots, the new Miix 520 will include Intel’s 8th generation quad-core i7 processor. It’s an addition that pushes its CPU performance past Microsoft’s new Surface Pro, alongside 8GB of RAM, 256GB of SSD storage, and a 12.2-inch 1920 x 1200 display. Lenovo also offers a USB-C port, the company’s own active pen support, and an optional 3D camera for capturing images.

Source: Lenovo’s Surface competitor has Intel’s new quad-core processors, LTE, and a 3D camera – The Verge

Microsoft Bet on Workplace PCs is Slowly Paying Off

“Since jumping into the hardware market with its Surface line, Microsoft has had success making inroads into the tablet and 2-in-1 market,” Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks, told eWEEK. “Many IT pros praised the hardware’s sleek design, powerful specs in a highly-portable package, and ability to run Windows, which allows employees to be productive while giving IT departments management flexibility.”

The Surface Pro, for example, offers corporate IT buyers a blend of premium packaging and powerful processors. Add long-lasting battery life to the equation and business travelers can legitimately get work done on a cross-country or trans-Atlantic flight.

Source: Microsoft Bet on Workplace PCs is Slowly Paying Off

How to set up your Surface Pen

After using the new Surface Pen for the last week, I agree with Microsoft that this pen is the “fastest on the planet.” The new Surface Pen responsiveness and speed make it a dream to use. I use the Surface Pen to take notes when I am in meetings in OneNote, and use it when I color using my favorite Windows 10 coloring app, Zen: Coloring Book for Adults. I am by no means an artist, but when I use the new Surface Pen, I feel like one.

Source: How to set up your Surface Pen | On MSFT

How the Samsung Galaxy Book lets you go beyond traditional portable PCs

The perfect mix of tablet and laptop

The 2-in-1 PC market has taken off in a big way in the last few years, giving users the ability to get both a tablet and laptop experience from the same product – with thanks in large part to the flexibility of the Windows 10 platform. Now, with the arrival of the new Samsung Galaxy Book, that tablet and laptop combination has been perfected, with the remarkable device offering users a superb solution for both work and leisure. Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Book goes beyond the usual experience provided by traditional laptops, allowing for more interactivity, creativity and collaboration.

Source: How the Samsung Galaxy Book lets you go beyond traditional portable PCs | TechRadar

Latest Surface Pro 3 update adds full Pro Type Cover support for older models

Why it matters to you:  Microsoft is maintaining its pledge to keep updating its older products in the Surface Line, and this one adds new support for Type Covers. Microsoft’s latest firmware update for the Surface Pro 3 is focused entirely on bringing various systems in line with the Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pro Signature Type Covers. It doesn’t add anything revolutionary, but this update does improve compatibility and has no effect on battery life or security.

Source: Latest Surface Pro 3 update adds full Pro Type Cover support for older models

I bought a new Surface with the Surface Plus program | On MSFT

Surface Plus

I purchased the Surface Type Cover and pre-ordered the Surface Pen separately, so those items are not included in my monthly payments. I am a Surface Pro fan and I look forward to being able to get the next new Surface Pro device when it comes out. I may choose to get the next iteration of the Surface Book or maybe the next Surface Laptop, but the point is, I have options with the Surface Plus Program. The Surface Plus Program gives you a way to get what you want.

Check out the official website for more information about the Surface Plus program.

Source: I bought a new Surface with the Surface Plus program | On MSFT

Microsoft launches Surface Plus, offering financing options and upgrades every 18 months

Surface Plus

Microsoft has announced the launch of its new Surface Plus program, offering “flexible financing options” for both individuals and businesses. The new plans will be available from today, and will be exclusively offered in the United States through Microsoft’s website and its physical stores. The Surface Plus plan for consumers is available for “qualified customers and subject to credit approval”. It offers: Low monthly payments: Customers can purchase a Surface device with an easy, 24-month pa

Source: Microsoft launches Surface Plus, offering financing options and upgrades every 18 months

Xplore releases Xslate R12 rugged tablet with PCIe SSD integration; Refreshed mobile PC now more powerful than ever

With the Xslate R12, Xplore Technologies becomes the first rugged tablet maker to integrate Intel PCIe SSDs into its roster.

Xplore TechnologiesXplore Technologies announced on Wednesday that its powerful Xslate R12 rugged tablet PC now incorporates Intel PCIe solid state drives. The Windows-powered machine boasts of more-than-potent specs and features, and is built to withstand the most demanding working conditions.

Source: Xplore releases Xslate R12 rugged tablet with PCIe SSD integration; Refreshed mobile PC now more powerful than ever | International Business Times AU