Microsoft’s first AI PCs are the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 for businesses

Microsoft is gearing up for the “year of the AI ​​PC” with two new Surface devices that won’t be sold directly to consumers. The Surface Pro 10 for Business and Surface Laptop 6 for Business both feature Intel’s latest Core Ultra processors, Microsoft’s new Copilot key, and a Neural Processing Unit (NPU) to power a number of existing and future AI speed up powered features in Windows 11. Microsoft is calling them “the first Surface AI PCs built exclusively for business.”

Both new Surface devices haven’t been redesigned on the outside, so the Surface Pro 10 for Business will largely resemble the Intel version of the Surface Pro 9. The Surface Laptop 6 for Business has an additional USB-C Thunderbolt 4 port and an optional smart card reader, but the screen bezels and overall design are largely the same as the Surface Laptop 5. Both will start shipping to commercial customers starting April 9.

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Microsoft usually lags behind in adopting the latest Intel chips for Surface devices, but this time the company is among the first to bring Intel’s new Core Ultra processors to market.

On the Surface Pro 10 for Business there’s a choice of Core Ultra 5 135U and Core Ultra 7 165U options, in addition to a base spec of 8GB of memory that can be configured up to 64GB of RAM. The base spec, which will cost $1,199, also includes a 256GB Gen4 SSD. The Surface Pro 10 for Business will include two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and Microsoft’s Surface Connect port for charging. Microsoft promises up to 19 hours of battery life with these new Intel chips.

Microsoft has improved the 13-inch display of the Surface Pro 10 for Business with a new anti-glare coating and 33 percent more brightness. Despite rumors that Microsoft would wrongly unveil a Surface Pro 10 with OLED, the Surface Pro 10 for Business comes with an LCD screen.

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I asked Microsoft about the rumors about a Surface Pro 10 with an OLED display. “We’re not announcing that product at this point,” said Nancie Gaskill, general manager of the Surface division, in an interview with The edge. That certainly sounds like the product exists, so I asked if it did, and Gaskill says, “We’re not confirming any rumors floating around at this time, Surface Pro 10 for Business will come with an anti-reflective display.”

Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell me that the company will announce a consumer-facing version of the Surface Pro 10 with an OLED display at a hardware and AI event on May 20.

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In addition to the screen, the Surface Pro 10 for Business also has a much improved front camera. It has a 114-degree field of view and even captures images in 1440p resolution. “It will be the first ultra-wide field of view camera currently available on the PC market,” says Gaskill. Thanks to the NPU chip inside, you also get access to Windows Studio effects with background blur and automatic framing during video calls.

Microsoft also includes an NFC reader on the Surface Pro 10 for Business, making it easy for businesses to use devices like YubiKey NFC security keys for authentication. Microsoft is also planning a 5G option for the Surface Pro 10 for Business. “It’s the first time we’re bringing 5G to Intel on the Surface Pro,” Gaskill explains. “We had Surface Pro 8 LTE and Surface Pro 7 Plus LTE, but we previously brought 5G to our Surface Pro 9 with Qualcomm.”

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Last but not least, Microsoft is improving the Surface Pro keyboard with a new bold keyset with a larger font, improved backlighting and the new Copilot key to launch the AI-powered feature in Windows 11.

The Surface Laptop 6 for Business has been “redesigned from the inside out,” according to Gaskill. Microsoft has chosen Intel’s Core Ultra H-series chips for the Laptop 6 for Business, which are designed to deliver desktop-quality performance. Businesses can choose between the Core Ultra 5 135H and the Core Ultra 7 165H, 8GB of RAM on the $1,199 base model, which is configurable up to 64GB, and storage starting at 256GB Gen4 SSD up to 1TB.

The 15-inch model will include two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports for the first time, in addition to a regular USB-A, a headphone jack and Microsoft’s Surface Connect port for charging. The smaller 13.5-inch model has just one USB-C Thunderbolt 4, in addition to the headphone jack and Surface Connect port.

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Microsoft hasn’t made any major changes to the display of the Surface Laptop 6 for Business, but it has added an anti-reflective coating. The front camera has also been upgraded to 1080p, but there’s no wide angle like the Surface Pro 10 for Business. However, you get access to Windows Studio effects with background blur and automatic framing during video calls.

Microsoft claims the Surface Laptop 6 for Business will be twice as fast as the Laptop 5 thanks to its Ultra H-series processors. There’s also an optional smart card reader in select markets, and Microsoft’s new Copilot key to access the AI -powered Copilot Assistant in Windows 11.

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Microsoft will sell both devices exclusively to businesses through its own channels and authorized resellers, so these aren’t intended for consumers to just pick up at a place like Best Buy. You could technically still just buy them online from Microsoft’s business store, or through resellers. “These products are built exclusively for the business community, that doesn’t mean we won’t develop products for consumers in the future,” says Gaskill. “We remain committed to that, but we are announcing these that are built specifically for commercial use.”

Both devices are also Microsoft’s “easiest to maintain Surface devices ever,” according to Gaskill. Microsoft has placed QR codes on the internal components of both, and there are internal markings on the Surface Pro 10 for Business to make it easier to identify the types of screws and drivers for certain components.

Microsoft still isn’t ready to talk about the many AI features it’s adding to Windows later this year, but these two new devices will be ready. Microsoft now plans to hold a special Windows and Surface AI event on May 20, where Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will share the company’s “AI vision” for both software and hardware.

I expect to see consumer versions of the Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 at the May 20 event, as well as some big new AI features for Windows 11 that take advantage of the NPU chips. Until then, both the Surface Pro 10 for Business and the Surface Laptop 6 for Business will ship starting April 9, starting at $1,199.

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