Microsoft held an online event on Wednesday, September 22nd, where the company announced the redesigned and upgraded Surface laptops and tablets. Microsoft has unveiled multiple portable computing devices at its Surface 2021 event, including the Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Go 3. The new Surface Pro 8 boasts the new Intel 11th gen chips, comes with the new Slim Pen 2 and brings tiny improvements to the design. Launched alongside is the Surface Go 3 featuring the 10th gen Intel chips, said to provide 60 per cent faster performance. Let us take a look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Go 3.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3 Pricing, Availability
The all-new Microsoft Surface Go 3 will be available alongside Windows 11 beginning October 5 starting at $399. The Surface Pro 8 on the other hand, starts at $1,100 and is now available for pre-order in the US. Note that the keyboard and pen don’t come included with the tablet and have to be purchased separately.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Specifications
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 has a 13-inch PixelSense display with a screen resolution of 2,880×1,920 pixels, and a 120Hz high refresh rate screen utilizing Windows 11’s new Dynamic Refresh Rate feature. Dolby Vision and Adaptive Color Technology are also supported by the panel. The built-in kickstand can be adjusted to various angles to give you the perfect angle to work with. The new kickstand also houses the Slim Pen 2, promising more precise inking. For the first time, the pen is said to provide “tiny mechanical vibrations” that purportedly can simulate the experience of dragging a pen across paper.
It runs Windows 11 and is equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processors. It can be configured with up to 32GB RAM paired with 1TB NVMe SSD storage. There’s a 10-megapixel rear-facing shooter with support for 4K video recording, and a 5-megapixel front-facing lens that can record videos in up to 1080p resolution. Finally, Microsoft has dropped the regular old USB A port, and it is being replaced with Thunderbolt 4. As for the ports, users get two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 connectors along with the standard Surface Connect charging port. The addition of Thunderbolt 4 makes connecting to 4K monitors, utilising high-speed external storage, and more possible.
Microsoft Surface Go 3 Specifications
The Microsoft Surface Go 2 gets a successor today: the new Surface Go 3. There are changes under the hood, Microsoft offers the Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y or Intel Core i3-10100Y processors, up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage to go with. The new Surface Go 3 claims to deliver up to 10 hours of battery life on a single charge. Users also get the option to configure this device with LTE for seamless connectivity.
There’s a 10.5-inch PixelSense, 10-point multi-touch, 1920 x 1280, 220 PPI display with a 3: 2 aspect ratio. For photos, you get an 8-megapixel shooter with autofocus and Full HD video recording capabilities. On the front, there’s a single 5-megapixel shooter for selfies and video calls.
That said, the device looks pretty much identical to the Surface Go 2. The new Surface Go 3 runs Windows 11 and has support for Windows Hello facial recognition. Connectivity options on the Surface Go 3 include WLAN AX, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5-millimeter jack, and a MicroSD slot for storage expansion.
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