During its recent Surface event, Microsoft unveiled the largest revamp of its Surface Pro lineup in years, including the debut of the new Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Laptop Studio laptops. Other devices, such as the Surface Go 3, the Surface Pro X, and the Surface Pro 7+ also received notable upgrades. Rounding out the event were several eye-catching accessories, including the new and improved Surface Slim Pen 2. Here’s everything that was anything at the Surface event.
Surface Pro 8
One of the biggest reveals was the new Surface Pro 8 2-in-1 tablet, which features an improved 13" PixelSense touchscreen display with thinner bezels and a 120Hz refresh rate. The Surface Pro 8 retains the detachable keyboard and hallmark kickstand that has helped make the Surface Pro series so popular, and adds plenty of additional welcome features, such as the inclusion of two Thunderbolt™ 4 ports and compatibility with the new Surface Slim Pen 2. The Surface Pro 8 is the first Pro tablet to be built on the Intel® Evo™ platform and will feature 11th generation Intel® Core™ processors. As expected, it will also be fully compatible with the soon-to-be-released Windows 11 operating system. Other features include a whopping 16 hours of battery life, a 10MP/4K rear camera, and so much more—ensuring the Surface Pro 8 is Microsoft’s most powerful 2-in-1 ever.
Surface Laptop Studio
Microsoft claims the Surface Laptop Studio is the most powerful Surface device ever built and, based on its specs, we wouldn’t argue against them. Built to handle even the most challenging workloads, the Surface Laptop Studio packs some serious muscle, including 11th Gen Intel® Core™ H Series processors and NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX 3050Ti GPU—to name just a few. The Surface Laptop Studio is the successor to the Surface Book line of laptops, but it does away with the removable display of past generations in favor of a Dynamic Woven Hinge that sits behind the middle of the 14.4" PixelSense Flow touchscreen, allowing you to bring the display forward for easier access and interaction. The Surface Laptop Studio's hinge is what allows this laptop to transition between laptop, stage, and studio modes, much like the larger Surface Studio.
Surface Go 3, Pro X, and Pro 7+
The other changes to the Surface lineup weren’t as dramatic as the reveal of the Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Laptop Studio but are still definitely worth mentioning. Microsoft’s most portable Surface, the Surface Go 3, for example, has been refreshed with 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, as well as an enhanced camera setup and bolstered audio performance. The ultralight, Wi-Fi-enabled Surface Pro X now includes optional Gigabyte LTE connectivity but is still equipped with a custom Microsoft ARM processor and is ready to go with Windows 11. This model marks the most affordable price point for the Surface Pro X line. The Surface Pro 7+, on the other hand keeps the same design of the Surface Pro 7 but features noteworthy upgrades like Intel’s latest processors and overall improved performance.
Speaking of noteworthy: the redesigned Surface Slim Pen 2 now features a haptic motor. When you use Slim Pen 2 to draw on the screen, there’s a subtle vibration that activates, simulating a natural notetaking or drawing experience.
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