The new Surface Pro 8 is official, which Microsoft proudly presented as the most powerful 2-in-1 on the market today. The credit goes to a “light and thin” product but at the same time devoted to productivity that benefits from the presence in the engine room of the 11th generation Intel Core quad-core chips.
And that starts with the format: The screen of the Surface Pro 8 grows compared to the Surface Pro 7from 12.3 inches to 13 inches – that’s almost 2 cm more diagonally. A larger screen means an overall larger device – but a 13-inch convertible is ideal for the balancing act between mobile and stationary use. The Surface Pro 8 shows photos, videos, websites, and documents in 3: 2 format with 2880×1920 pixels. That should be enough for a sharp and detailed reproduction.
The upcoming tests will have to show what the display looks like in terms of color fidelity, brightness, and contrast. But even the predecessors always delivered almost perfect image quality. New: The refresh rate of 120 Hertz is supposed to ensure smooth playback of moving images – something that has never before been seen in convertible notebooks.
Processors from Intel’s 11th Core-i generation are to be used as motors (code name: Tiger Lake ) – the basis is the Evo platform, the ultrabook successor. Depending on the equipment variant and price range, Core i3, Core i5 or Core i7 CPUs serve as the drive. The processors are supported by between 8 and 32GB of RAM, depending on customer requirements. Only the Iris XE graphics units housed in the processors are responsible for displaying images. There are no equipment versions with a separate, more powerful graphics chip, such as a GeForce RTX 3050.
In addition to the new processors, the SSDs should provide more speed. Good: Tiger Lake CPUs now also work with M.2 SSDs with a fast PCI Express 4.0 connection. Depending on the model, the SSDs in the 891 gram Microsoft Surface Pro 8 offer between 128 and 1000GB of storage. As usual, Microsoft also offers the eighth version of the Surface Pro in a WiFi-only and an LTE version. The device also gets a 5MP camera with support for 1080p video on the front and a 10MP sensor on the back.
With the new Tiger Lake processors, Microsoft is saying goodbye to classic USB type A sockets and only relying on USB-C with Thunderbolt 4 technology. This saves space and has many advantages. Thunderbolt 4 can be used to transfer data in the same way as a screen or network signals – and the Surface Pro 8’s battery can also be filled with it.
Different connection types are a thing of the past. And according to Intel, in contrast to the older Thunderbolt 3 version, two separate 4K screens can now be operated on one Thunderbolt 4 port – customers can optionally plug an 8K screen into the Thunderbolt 4 socket. In addition, Intel promises that data can be transmitted via Thunderbolt 4 with a maximum of 3200MBs per the second net.
Microsoft is also introducing an updated magnetic keyboard for the Surface Pro 8, which offers storage space for an improved Surface Slim Pen 2. This stylus charges when it is attached to the keyboard. The Surface Slim Pen 2 also has haptic motors, which according to Microsoft should mimic the feeling of writing on paper. The latency would also be reduced and the stylus should be more precise.
According to Microsoft, the sales start of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 should take place in October 2021. Prices start at $1382 for the entry-level version. In addition to the tablet, consumers can choose to include the keyboard cover and pen for $280. Separately, the cover and pen are priced at $180 and $130, respectively.
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