What you need to know
- An eBay listing claims to have a Surface Pro 8 prototype for sale.
- The prototype comes with an 11th-gen processor and 32GB RAM.
- Externally, the device is identical to the Surface Pro 7.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 hasn't been announced yet, but that hasn't stopped an early engineering sample from popping up online for sale. Spotted on eBay, this Surface Pro 8 is the top spec model with an 11th generation Intel Core i7-1165G7, 32GB RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage packed inside the familiar Surface Pro 7 chassis.
Other than the improved specs, it appears there's nothing different about this Surface Pro 8 prototype compared to the current Surface Pro 7. Depending on how recent this prototype is, I'd say this is a pretty good indication that the Surface Pro 8 won't be featuring that rumored "redesign" people have been expecting, remaining exclusive to the Surface Pro X instead.
The eBay listing describes the following:
Yes, you read the title right. Up for sale is a Surface Pro 8 engineering model, it has ES version of 11th gen i7-1165G7 processor, 32GB ram at 4267Mhz(Pro 7 maxed out at 16GB) and 1TB Samsung SSD. Perfectly working, but as it is unreleased do backup driver yourself before restoring otherwise you cannot find it online. Come with a blue type cover.
It's rare for Surface prototypes to show up online for sale, let alone prototypes of hardware that hasn't been announced yet. The item is available for pickup-only in Seattle, Washington, and bidding starts at $1,300. Buying unreleased hardware on the internet can be tricky business, especially when unconfirmed, so proceed at your own risk.
We've reached out to the seller to see if we can find out more about this prototype to confirm its legitimacy. In the meantime, what are your thoughts on the Surface Pro 8? Let us know in the comments.
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