In January 2021, a new Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Plus was introduced, joining the 7-series that had already been available the previous year. It is now time for a new generation to assume leadership. The upcoming Microsoft event on September 22 (Wednesday), which will be centred on new Surface devices, will feature this.
The Surface Pro 8, for instance, will have a 13″ display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and minimal bezels. The tablet will be powered by an Intel Core processor of the 11th generation and swappable SSD drives (M.2). The laptop will have two Thunderbolt ports for connectivity.
+Modern design with thin bezels and a more extensive (13-inch) display
+Superior 1080p webcam
+Two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support
+Perky performance in tested Core i7 configuration
-Higher starting price diminishes the entry-level appeal.
-Accessories and configuration upgrades are pricey
-Keyboard base is still sold separately
-USB-C ports only
MICROSOFT SURFACE PRO 8 SPECS
|Laptop Class||Detachable 2-in-1|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1185G7|
|Processor Speed||3 GHz|
|RAM (as Tested)||16 GB|
|Boot Drive Type||SSD|
|Boot Drive Capacity (as Tested)||256 GB|
|Screen Size||13 inches|
|Native Display Resolution||2880 by 1920|
|Variable Refresh Support||None|
|Screen Refresh Rate||120 Hz|
|Graphics Processor||Intel Iris Xe|
|Wireless Networking||802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth|
|Dimensions (HWD)||0.37 by 11.3 by 8.2 inches|
|Operating System||Windows 11|
|Battery Life (Hours)||12:30 Hours|
Microsoft hasn’t introduced a brand new Surface Pro model in a few years, and it’s been much longer since there has been a significant overhaul. With a more streamlined chassis and a larger screen than the Surface Pro 7, the Surface Pro 8 changes things. It has a new 13-inch screen with a thin bezel, which makes it much more beautiful, but the basic functionality hasn’t changed. This dividable 2 in 1 is still the best looking in its class, and when combined with the enhanced Core i7 “Tiger Lake” CPU found in our model (as well as the benefits of Windows 11), this tablet may successfully compete as a genuine laptop replacement.
However, considering the Surface Pro 7 starts at $749.99, the $1,099.99 price tag makes its lower end versions less desirable. The Pro 8’s price is increased by its pricey peripherals, with the keyboard being necessary if you want to use the device instead of a laptop. Despite losing its value play, the Surface Pro line is again the envy of Windows tablet users thanks to the Pro 8’s improved performance, clever redesign, and new stylus.
Microsoft Pro 8 – Design
The Surface Pro’s physical form hadn’t changed much throughout its previous generations, but with the Pro 8, some notable modifications finally appeared.
Let’s talk about size first. This compact chassis has dimensions of 0.37 by 11.3 by 8.2 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.96 pounds when the keyboard is not included. Considering that the Pro 7 was 0.33 by 11.5 by 7.9 inches and weighed 1.7 pounds, this redesign does not reduce the overall footmark.
It matters that it still has a sleek, premium construction that is more durable and expensive feeling than many Windows tablets. Compared to the Surface Pro 7, it has a more contemporary, rounded appearance and feels great. The Pro 8 is a more appealing device from the moment you first see it, thanks to the larger display (more on that in a moment).
If anything, it seems leaner, but given the dimensions, we know it must be an illusion. Although the Surface Pro series may have influenced other manufacturers since then, the build quality still stands out as the standard for these gadgets. After helping to build a competitive market, it’s clear that it’s not the only excellent detachable 2-in-1 in the game: The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable and the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable have so far been our favourites this year.
Microsoft Surface 8 – Colour Variants
The Surface Pro’s design philosophy is much the same as it has been for years, which might not excite you as a potential customer seeking significant gains. However, Microsoft has added gains beyond the basic structure, so let’s explore those.
There is a new Graphite colour option for the Pro 8, in addition to the more conventional Platinum shade featured here on our review sample. At first glance, it appears to be black, but it’s a dark grey.
The display bezels, however, have the most significant aesthetic impact, not the size or the new colour. If you’ve used Surface Pro devices before, you’ll notice how slimmer the bezels are on the Pro 8, and if you haven’t, you’ll just see a stylish tablet with lots of screen space. It was time to change the Pro 7’s bezel design, which was beginning to appear a little dated on Pro models before it. The thin Surface Pro X gave us a preview of this update, a Qualcomm-based device with a more contemporary design but defective hardware and software.
The Pro X’s reduced bezels also make a more significant effect than you may expect. In a short period, thick bezels have come to be associated with outdated technology; almost every smartphone, monitor, and laptop now have a minimum (or no) screen edges. Therefore, premium goods do not wish to join that group. In addition to having a more substantial display, the Pro 8 has a more modern appearance than the Pro 7.
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