24 September 2021
Microsoft at its hardware event held on September 22 unveiled new Surface products, including the Surface Pro 8 2-in-1 laptop.
Microsoft touts the Surface Pro 8 represents the most significant leap forward since the Pro 3 that came in 2014 because it picks some major upgrades not only in terms of design but also internally.
The Surface Pro 8 brings thinner bezels, a larger display with Dynamic Refresh Rate feature, Thunderbolt 4 ports, and, of course, Windows 11.
Going deeper into the specifications, the Surface Pro 8 features the 13-inch PixelSense touchscreen that pushes the boundaries away for thinner bezels. This makes it look closer to the Surface Pro X. The display supports Dolby Vision and Adaptive Color Technology to let you enjoy true-to-life colors and vibrancy. Microsoft touts “this is the most technically advanced display we’ve ever built.”
The display now supports a 120Hz refresh rate as well and will run at a 60Hz display by default. It will switch between the two refresh rates dynamically depending on the task being performed. This is similar to Apple’s high refresh rate ProMotion displays. These techs allow the display to swinging between different refresh rates depending on tasks.
Microsoft claims the new Surface Pro 8 is more than twice as fast as Surface Pro 7, thanks to 11th-gen Intel Core processors. As per Microsoft, the all-new Surface Pro 8 is 40% better than the predecessor at sustained CPU performance and 74% faster on the graphics side.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is finally supporting the Thunderbolt 4 and dropping the USB-A port. It will ship with two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports and the usual Surface Connect port for charging. This means the laptop can be connected to multiple 4K displays and also use high-speed external storage.
A separate Surface Pro Signature Keyboard also now includes a new Surface Slim Pen 2, a combination found on the Surface Pro X as well. The keyboard charges the stylus.
Microsoft touts the Surface Slim Pen 2 has zero pressure force and ultra-low latency, thus it mimics the feeling of pen on paper. The built-in haptic motor in the stylus activates to allow for a natural feel while notetaking and drawing. It has a sharper tip that helps put a finer point on writing, shading, and inking.
- 13-inch PixelSense display, 120Hz Dynamic Refresh Rate, supports Dolby Vision
- 11th-gen quad-core Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor
- 8GB/32GB RAM
- 128GB/1TB storage
- Windows 11
- 10MP 4K rear-facing camera
- Dolby Atmos sound
- 16-hours of battery life
- 2x Thunderbolt 4 ports
The price of the Surface Pro 8 starts at $1,099.99 and it is available for pre-order in select markets. The Surface Slim Pen 2 is available for $129.99 and is also available for pre-order.
At the same event, Microsoft also took the wraps off Surface Go 3, portable 2-in-1 for everyday tasks. It features a 10.5-inch display and is powered by an Intel Pentium 6500Y processor for the base model. It can go all the way up to Core i3 configuration with 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM.
The Surface Go 3 looks similar to the Surface Go 2 in terms of design as everything appears to be unchanged, from dimensions, ports to cameras, and even speakers. The battery life is, however, slightly upgraded from 10 to now up to 11 hours on a single charge. There is also an optional LTE Advanced support available.
The Surface Go 3 with WiFi starts at $399.99 (base model). The one with the Core i3 processor will cost $629.99.