It's been a year since Microsoft last updated its Surface variety, and now we see what the firm has been working on over the past 12 months. The Surface Pro 7, the latest in its flagship line of laptop / tablet hybrids, is the largest machine to launch on the day as expected. The major changes to the formula this year include the long-awaited USB-C integration.

On point, Robin Seiler from Microsoft spent much of the lecture concentrating on the Surface Pen's fresh strength. Not only is it capable of writing in-line in Word, like hitting through a line in a text to make it vanish, but it is also capable of writing Excel cells. Scrawl out a figure inside a cell and transform your handwriting into real numbers using character recognition.

Buyers will have the choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 10th-generation processors that boast far stronger efficiency and energy than their counterparts. You will get the pick of a 128 GB SSD running through a 1 TB SSD and the 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB RAM selection. At the front you will see a 12.3-inch, 2.736x 1.824, 267ppi PixelSense screen with a 3:2 proportion, similar to the Surface Pro 6 screen.

The greatest problem when we checked the Surface Pro 6 was how incremental the shift was compared to the year before. It had a modern CPU, a tweaked display, and a good increase in battery life compared to its predecessor, but the general feeling was that Microsoft was doing the bare minimum. This year's large distinction is that the fresh internals have reduced their battery life dramatically from 13 hours to 10.

The fact that USB-C is worthy of remark on a Surface Pro talks a lot about how Microsoft is in this region. There may be frustration about the absence of a Mini DisplayPort, but considering the bulk of fresh systems now using USB-C, its omission was a problem before. Naturally, many people cling to their USB type-A equipment, but the fact that the Pro 7 has USB-C during the display was worthy of recognition.

The Surface Pro 7 will be open in the near future for pre-order, with rates beginning at $749 and distribution beginning on October 22. But it is evident that the ARM-running Surface Pro X, which the firm announced on the same day, has robbed much of the thunder of the Surface Pro.