The Surface Connect was one of our major gripes with last year’s Surface Pro 6, an otherwise great tablet which also functioned well as a laptop. The 2018 model started at £879 ($899) for a Core i5 model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and we expect the pricing to be similar this year. However, despite being crucial to its functionality as a laptop, expect any keyboard covers to be sold separately.
USB Type-C provides convenience not only in terms of its reversibility, but also future-proofing. The port is built to withstand supremely fast data transfer speeds, much more so than are currently available. The prospect of USB 4 by the end of 2019, which could bring up to 2x faster speeds, would make this an even more attractive proposition.
The move would also open the Surface Pro line to a huge market of third-party accessories. Manufacturers are currently severely limited by the Surface Connect port, so prioritise USB-C devices as they are commonplace. USB-C is powerful enough to charge multiple devices at high speeds simultaneously, potentially making the Surface Pro 7 a far more versatile device than its predecessors.
Apple persevered with the Lightning port across all its mobile devices until 2018, when its latest iPad Pro included a USB-C port for the first time. There is now genuine hope that Microsoft will follow suit, as the port nears ubiquity among modern mobile devices.
Here's more about the Surface Pro 7 release date, price and specs.