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Microsoft Announces New Surface Pen with 4,026 Levels of Pressure Sensitivity

The new Surface Pen will be compatible with many previous models and support true tilt functionality for the first time, as well as a lower latency and new colors. It will be available for pre-order in the coming weeks.


The Surface Pro may not have received a huge upgrade since its last iteration, but that can't be said for the . has offset some of the disappointment with a major improvement in the accessories department.

The new Surface Pen comes with plenty of bells and whistles, but the main one is an increase in pressure sensitivity. It's gone from just 1,024 levels to 4,096, a huge boost that's bound to help artists.

There will also be a reduction in latency, Microsoft saying it's now “virtually imperceptible”. The result is a seamless, responsive feeling that rivals 's pencil.

However, those advancements come just as much from the new hardware as the Pen itself. More interesting for current owners is its new tilt features.

Essentially, you can tilt the pen while you draw without any with hand tracking or accuracy issues. This will make shading considerably easier and generally increase the quality of life. Though pressure sensitivity won't be supported on older devices, tilt will come via a Windows Update.

Owners will also benefit from the variety of new colors, creating a more personalized aspect. The Pen will be available in platinum, black, burgundy, and cobalt blue, matching the Surface Laptops.

Surface Pen Specifications

Of course, there are also some more minor changes, primarily in dimensions and weight. Here's the full list of specifications so you can compare:

  • Compatibility: Surface Studio, , Surface Book, , , , Surface 3.
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs
  • Connections: Bluetooth 4.0
  • Buttons: Barrel button and tail eraser
  • Colors: Platinum, Black, Burgundy, Cobalt Blue
  • Battery: 1 triple A (included)
  • Warranty: 1-year limited hardware
  • Dimensions — 145 mm(length) x 10.1 mm (width) x 9.5mm (height)

The Surface Pen will also work in tandem with Surface Dial functionality, as well as the Surface Pro's new 160-degree tilt. Together, they almost create a mini Surface Studio and that could be very useful for creators who travel.

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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.