At the Surface event, Microsoft announced the new Surface series with Windows 11. Among them, the model that became a hot topic was the Surface Pro 8, a 2in1 model with an integrated keyboard. It is priced at $1,099.99.
The biggest feature of this product is that the body has been completely redesigned. The Surface Pro series is the same as before in that it was based on a 12.3-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 3:2, but this time, it faced a major change to the basic design level. Microsoft also claims it is the first major upgrade since the Pro 3 model.
The expansion terminal is also equipped with two Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C terminals, and the CPU, which is the heart of the heart, complies with the Intel Tiger Lake generation and EVO platform. In addition, the optional pen is equipped with a haptic device, so the feel is close to the taste of writing like paper and pen.
The TDP value, which affects the actual processing speed of the CPU, is 15~28W, which is the standard level for laptops. The built-in graphics are Intel Iris Xe graphics built into the CPU. In the case of corporate models, a configuration equipped with an LTE modem is also sold. The original Pro 7, which had a basic design such as a cooling mechanism, was followed, but parts such as a heat pipe were enlarged.
RAM supports LP DDR4X 8, 16, and 32GB. For storage space, you can choose between 128 or 256GB for an interchangeable type SSD, and 512GB or 1TB for a non-exchangeable type SSD.
The display panel also draws attention. The highest refresh rate is 120Hz, so in light games, the display is smooth and visibility is improved. Also, the delay time can be reduced even when drawing with a pen. Windows 11 responds to a dynamic refresh rate that increases the refresh rate as needed, minimizing unnecessary power consumption like in a smartphone, while allowing the 120Hz display to be used only when necessary. The size is 13 inches.
In addition, it supports Dolby Vision in HDR video sources and Adaptive Color Technology, a window function that automatically adjusts color to match the ambient light in color expression. In addition, the ambient light sensor required for this function is mounted on the face recognition camera side. The resolution is 2880×1920 and the pixel density is 267 dpi.
The body size is 287×208×9.3mm and the weight is 891g. Considering that the existing Pro 7 was 292 × 201 × 8.5 mm and weighed 775 to 790 g, the weight increased by about 100 g.
As mentioned earlier, it is equipped with Thunderbolt 4 and USB Type-C, and the Surface Connect terminal that connects the power supply and the expansion unit continues to be adopted.
In addition, the battery life is 16 hours and the battery capacity is 50.2Wh. With the spread of remote work, the camera has also been renewed, and the rear camera is 10 million pixels and supports 4K video recording. The front camera supports 5-megapixel Full HD shooting. The Surface series also supports face authentication through Windows Hello, which is a form of adding the ambient light sensor previously mentioned.
The microphone adopts a microphone array configuration that supports medium and long-distance sound collection, and the built-in speaker supports Dolby Atmos.
The keyboard is equipped with a Surface Pro Signature Keyboard, and the Surface Slim Pen 2, which is a dedicated pen, is equipped with a vibrator that responds to haptic vibrations as previously mentioned. In order to give the feeling of writing like paper and pen, the focus was on the nib material, screen side surface processing, and delay reduction.
Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Laptop Studio. The Surface Laptop Studio can be used in studio mode suitable for pen input by holding the display forward in normal laptop mode, where the 14.4-inch display and keyboard are connected by two hinges.
The processor is a quad-core 11th generation Core i5 and i7 H series, the graphics are Intel Iris Xe, and you can choose between Nvidia RTX A2000 or 3050 Ti. The RAM is LPDDR4 16 or 32GB, and the replaceable SSD is 256, 512GB, 1 or 2TB.
The 14.1-inch screen has a resolution of 2400×1600 and an aspect ratio of 3:2, and the PixelSense Flow display supports up to 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, 1500:1 contrast ratio, Dolby Vision, and supports Surface Pen input via 10-point touch. Support. Here, it is equipped with USB 4.0 and two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a headphone port, and a Surface Connect port, along with a 1080p HD webcam and dual studio microphones. OmniSonic quad speaker that supports Dolby Atmos, and the network supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. Battery life is 19 hours for the i5 model and 18 hours for the i7 model. The weight of the i5 is 1,742.9g and the i7 model is 1,820g.
In the case of the Surface Slim Pen 2, magnetic charging is possible in the main body of the laptop studio, and it is also equipped with a haptic internal vibrator.
It supports a notebook mode that uses a keyboard like a regular notebook, a studio mode optimized for touch and pen input centered on the screen, and a stage mode optimized for gaming or video viewing. Pricing starts at $1,599.99.
The Surface Go 3, which was also announced together, is a new version that succeeds the existing compact model, the Surface Go. The processor is faster with the new Pentium Gold or Core i3 and runs Windows 11.
If you look at the main specifications, you can choose a 10.5-inch PixelSense display that supports a resolution of 1920×1280, and the CPU is a dual-core Pentium Gold 6500Y or a quad-core 10th generation Core i3-10100Y. The GPU uses Intel UHD 615 graphics, and you can choose between 4 or 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB of eMMC or SSD 128 or 245 GB. As an option, it supports LTE Advanced, NanoSIM, and eSIM, and comes with one USB Type-C port, a micro SDXC slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port. The weight is 544g for Wi-Fi model and 553g for LTE. The price is $399 for the lowest model with Pentium, eMMC, 4GB of RAM and Wi-Fi.
Finally, the new dual-screen Android device, the Surface Duo 2 (Surface Duo 2). The Surface Duo 2 is an Android device that can fold like a notebook or multitask with two screens. It is equipped with the latest generation Snapdragon 888 as well as clamshell and pen support, and is equipped with 5G-compatible, wide-angle, telephoto, and ultra-wide-angle triple cameras.
Looking at the main specifications, two 5.8-inch PixelSense OLED displays with a resolution of 1892×1344, when unfolded into one, support 8.3 inches, a resolution of 2688×1892, a maximum brightness of 800 nits, a DCI-P3 100% wide color gamut, a maximum 90Hz adaptive refresh rate, and HDR support. The cover material is made with Gorilla Glass Victors and supports the Surface Pen.
The RAM is 8GB of LPDDR5 memory, and you can choose between 128, 256, or 512GB of storage. As mentioned earlier, it supports 5G and supports eSIM and nano-SIM dual SIM. On the back of the main body, it has a 12-megapixel wide-angle, telephoto, and ultra-wide angle, and supports optical image stabilization and phase-detection AF. The front camera is also 12 megapixels. It supports USB Type-C. It weighs 284g and is 5.5mm thicker than the first model, and 11mm when folded. In addition, the battery is 4,449 mAh, with a video playback time of 15.5 hours and a talk time of 28 hours. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor.
This product is an app optimized for two screens, such as editing e-mail, word, or Excel while viewing data, displaying both the face and screen sharing of a video conference participant in a large size, or displaying the app on both pages like the Kindle in addition to the left and right drag-and-drop method. It also supports Microsoft’s own apps mainly. Even when the screen is folded, the charge status, volume, and notification icons can be checked through the glance bar on the side. Pricing starts at $1,499.99. Related information can be found here.