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Microsoft continued its stream of Surface announcements this week with the new Surface Pro — notably not called the Surface Pro 5, even though it’s a successor to the Surface Pro 4. The company is billing it as a fast and powerful alternative to devices like the iPad Pro and is avoiding the “tablet” label by calling it a “versatile laptop.”

Microsoft said the new device will feature up to 13.5 hours of battery life and the “fastest digital pen on the planet,” although it’s sold separately. It’s also shunning USB C ports, which Apple has been using on many of its new devices, in favor of traditional USB A ports.

On this episode of Geared Up, we give you all the details on the new Surface Pro and debate the pros and cons of the new USB C port bonanza.

We also take a look at new renderings of the upcoming iPad Pro, based on leaks about the device’s design. Although they’re not official, the renderings give us some idea of how Apple plans to compete with Microsoft’s recent surge in Surface devices.

Plus, Nintendo announced something a bit unusual this week: a road trip. The Japanese gaming company will be visiting malls and fairs across the U.S. over the summer months, demoing the Switch and a handful of unreleased games.

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