Microsoft's incipient Surface Pro 8 tablet can genuinely go toe-to-toe with most ultraportables. It has a 13-inch Pixelscence screen, a significant improvement over the previous 12.3-inch display. Even preponderant, it is one of the first non-gaming notebooks we've optically discerned to fortify a 120Hz refresh rate, scrolling through a web page and making notes much more facile. And for sure, it is built with Windows 11 in mind.
With Intel's latest 11th-gen processors, as well as the long-awaited support for the Thunderbolt 4, the Surface Pro 8 may entice potential buyers who were close to the limitations of the previous model. As much as I like the previous Surface Pro, the last model has made it clear that Microsoft needs to change things seriously.
Over the past decade, Dell, ASUS and most other PC manufacturers have focused on shaving down borders to weep over larger displays. The new 13-inch edge-to-edge Pixelsense touchscreen is 11% larger, 12.5% brighter and 10.8% higher resolution.
The Surface Pro 8 is also a big step under the hood: it can be equipped with a quad-core Intel Core i7-1185G7, 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD. The LTE model comes with 512GB of storage, but you also get the option to plug in a 128GB or 256GB removable SSD at the bottom of the case. It was definitely a better option than previous models with a microSD card slot.
Microsoft claims that the Surface Pro 8 is twice as fast as the Pro 7, which you can attribute to both the new Intel CPU and the improved Intel Xe graphics in the i5 and i7 models. You can expect 74 percent faster sustainable graphics performance, as well as 40 percent better sustainable CPU performance. Of course, we have to run our own criteria to confirm these figures.
Special Thanks, the Surface Pro 8 determinately fortifies Thunderbolt 4 on its two USB-C ports. That signifies you'll be able to connect more expeditious external hard drives, some 4K external monitors, or even an external GPU. For other updates, the rear camera is now 10MP in lieu of 8MP, and it withal fortifies 4K video. The front-facing camera is still 5 Mega-Pixels with 1080p video, but it offers better performance in low light. In terms of battery life, Microsoft says that the Pro 8 should run for 16 hours, leaping beyond the estimated 10.5 on the Pro 7, you'll be able to charge it up to 80% in an hour.
The new Surface Slim Pen 2 works on the Pro 8’s 120 Hertz screen. Microsoft's tablets always offer some of the best digital inking, but it's like putting a pen on a piece of paper by cutting down notes from a quick screen. The Svelte Pen 2 additionally has a heptic motor for genuine feedback, and can be tucked in and charged seamlessly into the Surface Pro signature keyboard.
And no, Microsoft still doesn't connect any of its keyboard covers to the Surface Pro 8. The new tablet is also slightly heavier than the Pro 7, which clocks in at 1.96 pounds instead of 1.7. It sounds like a marginal difference, but if you're really using it as a tablet you'll find it in your wrist.
With bigger and more responsive screens, as well as more power, the Surface Pro 8 can be a serious competitor with ultraportable like Dell's XPS 13. They have surpassed Microsoft's hardware. Maybe now, with better hardware and a shiny new OS, Microsoft can finally persuade more people to take a chance on the Surface Pro.
The Surface Pro 8 will start at $ 1,100 and is available for pre-order today. It will go on sale on October 5, the launch date of Windows 11, with the rest of the Surface lineup.