Last night, Microsoft held its annual Surface event, revamping its entire line-up of tablets, phones and PCs. On the tablet side, Microsoft launched three new Windows 11 devices – the Surface Pro 8, Pro X and Go 3.
The Surface Pro 8 looks to be a reasonable upgrade over its predecessor, featuring a 120Hz screen with Dolby Vision, pre-installed Windows 11 and a replaceable SSD. Available storage options include 128GB, 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. Processor options were also upgraded to the latest Intel Tiger Lake Core i5 and i7 CPUs, including the i5-1135G7 and i7-1185G7. The minimum amount of RAM was increased to 8GB, but users may choose up to 32GB. Moreover, it now features two Thunderbolt 4 ports and two USB-C ports. Battery life has improved as well, offering up to 16 hours under typical usage. The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 starts at £999.
Microsoft also updated the ARM-based Pro X, adding Windows 11 by default and a cheaper Wi-Fi model. Available SoC options still include the Qualcomm SQ1 with 8GB of RAM and the SQ2 with 16GB of RAM, and storage options remain the same, letting you choose between 128GB, 256GB and 512GB. The Surface Pro X starts at £999.
Lastly, there’s the new Surface Go 3, which Microsoft claims to be the “most portable” Surface to date. The 10.5-inch screen has a 1920×1280 resolution with a 3:2 aspect ratio. There are two new processor options: the dual core Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y and the quad core Core i3-10100Y. You can choose between 4GB and 8GB of memory and 64GB (not available with the i3 CPU) or 128GB of storage. Like the other Surface 2-in-1 devices, it will come with Windows 11 pre-installed. The Surface Go 3 starts at £369.
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