What you need to know
- The Surface Pro 8 is official with a design just like the Surface Pro X.
- It has a new 13-inch 120Hz display and two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.
- Pricing starts at $1,099 and is expected to ship October 5.
Microsoft has announced the next generation of its mainline Surface Pro device, dubbed the Surface Pro 8, which finally closer aligns its design with the now two-year old Surface Pro X. Featuring 11th-Gen Intel chips, the Surface Pro 8 has a 13-inch 120hz display and support for the Surface Pro X Type Cover's with Surface Slim Pen charging built-in.
The overall form factor of the Surface Pro 8 can be described as a slightly thicker Surface Pro X with an added vent around the top to help with cooling those hotter Intel chips, and a headphone jack. Microsoft says this is the biggest update to the main Surface Pro line since the Surface Pro 3, as it now finally adopts the much more modern design language that the Surface Pro X is already rocking.
Just like the Surface Pro X, Microsoft has updated the ports from one USB-A and one USB-C to two USB-C ports. And for the first time, the USB-C ports are now Thunderbolt 4 enabled. Surface Connect remains for those who prefer charging with Microsoft's magnetic charging solution. It can be had with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage.
|Category||Surface Pro 8|
|OS||Windows 11 Home|
Windows 11 Pro (commercial)
Windows 10 Pro (commercial)
11th Gen Intel
11th Gen Intel
|RAM||8GB, 16GB, 32GB|
|Graphics||Intel UHD (i3)|
Intel Iris Xe (i5, i7)
|Storage||128GB, 256GB SSD (Wi-Fi, LTE)|
512GB, 1TB SSD (Wi-Fi)
3:2 aspect ratio
Up to 120Hz (60Hz default)
|Ports||Two Thunderbolt 4|
|Audio||Dual 2W stereo speakers|
Dual far-field studio mics
Snapdragon X20 LTE
Front-facing 5MP (1080p)
Rear-facing 10MP (1080p, 4K)
|Keyboard||Surface Pro Signature keyboard|
|Pen||Surface Slim Pen 2|
|Battery||Up to 16 hours|
|Dimensions||11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 inches|
(287mm x 208.3mm x 9.4mm)
|Weight||1.96 pounds (891g)|
The big upgrade on Surface Pro 8 that the Surface Pro X sadly misses out on is with the display, which is now 13-inches in size with a high refresh rate of 120Hz. This upgraded display will make using the Surface Pro 8 feel very fast and fluid thanks to Windows 11's new smooth animations.
Microsoft is also introducing a new Surface Slim Pen 2 with haptics, which works with the new Surface Pro 8. The Slim Pen can be stored and charged via the new Surface Pro Type Covers, which are just the Surface Pro X Type Covers which are now cross compatible with the Surface Pro 8. The Type Covers have also been updated with the new Windows 11 logo on the Start button to keep things consistent.
Microsoft is adding LTE to the Surface Pro 8 too, which is now also available with an i7 configuration, a first for the Surface line. Pre-orders for the Surface Pro 8 are open now, with prices starting at $1,099. Pricing and availability is as follows:
|Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage||$1,099.99|
|Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage||$1,199.99|
|Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB Storage||$1,399.99|
|Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage||$1,399.99|
|Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage||$1,599.99|
|Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage||$1,899.99|
|Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage||$2,199.99|
|Intel Core i7, 32GBR AM, 1TB Storage||$2,599.99|
Surface Pro 8 is expected to begin shipping on October 5 in the following markets:
- United States
- United Kingdom
Updated design, same 2-in-1 form factor.
The Surface Pro 8 finally adopts the modern design that Microsoft first introduced with Surface Pro X, now with two USB-C ports that are Thunderbolt 4 enabled, an upgraded 13-inch display with a high-refresh rate of 120Hz, and support for the Surface Pro X style Type Covers with the Slim Pen charging cradle.
They pretty much ruined the design of the Surface Pro by recycling the garbage design of the X.
The uneven bezels looks horrible. And they make it harder to hold on to the tablet when using it detached from the keyboard.
Removing the USB-A port is also beyond dumb as it'll severely limit the usability of the tablet for both consumers AND enterprise. But at least they left the headphone jack and the Surface connect.
However, while I've been a pretty big fan an user of the Surface Pro for years (it's the best Surface product, period. Yes, I will fight you on this, Zac :P) I'm sorry but I'm skipping this one.
I really hope this isn't the direction Microsoft is taking its products going forward...although I'm not optimistic given the horrible rounded corners on the Laptop Studio.
So...with this sort of products I'm out.
I'll run my Pro 6 to the ground and eventually switch to something else.
Hopefully Microsoft won't force my hand into making me switch to the iPad Pro...
Doesn’t the iPad Pro also have thin bezels? Most phones do as well, and it isn’t hard to hold them. That just isn’t a problem. Maybe out a pop socket on it if you have such dexterity issues! I agree making the bezels uniform would look better, but it isn’t a huge issue. This is an improvement in every aspect and combined with Windows 11 actually making it useable as a tablet, this is a huge update.
1 - The iPad has symmetrical bezels. This doesn't. That means that you will have to constantly have to remind yourself which size has the normal bezels which size has the thinner bezels. 2 - Comparing it to smartphones is dumb. You can't hold a Surface Pro with one hand and use it. That's just insane. So the pop socket suggestion makes as much sense as suggesting to cool down a CPU by blowing at it. 3 - It is a huge issue, specially if you use the tablet for drawing as you will have less space to rest your palm on. And Microsoft's palm rejection software leaves much to be desired when it comes to drawing programs. 4 - I therefore completely disagree. This is a massive downgrade compared to previous Surface Pros. Windows 11 just ads insult to injury (though you can always take that garbage version of Windows out and put in Windows 10 instead, it won't be optimised for the hardware).
THANK YOU, somebody gets it. Windows palm rejection is terrible and having used GestureSign app for touchscreen navigation, dabbing the screen with your thumb while holding a 2-in-1 device always screws thing up by pressing whatever menu icon that's displayed in the edges of the screen. Apple gets it, and I thought Microsoft did too but apparently NOT.
Plus the extra weight (almost 900g now), which is bad for tablet use.
I would have like it even more if they had put display like laptop studio, it would have looked more symmetric but this upgrade is not bad as well. They need top and bottom bazels for keyboard, so the team is limited due to the functionality not because of lack of innovation. And honestly do you hold your surface pro keep thumb on side bazel or what? Surface Pro is in right direction with todays upgrade. Price seems bit high but i will wait for best buy to release deals on thanks giving. They always have good price on surface pro during that time.
Do you hold a tablet by the top and bottom? No? Then having thinner bezels on the side is detrimental to the experience.
I almost took this seriously until you said "Hopefully Microsoft won't force my hand into making me switch to the iPad Pro..." The funny thing is, saying that completely invalidates everything you complained about. First off, the bezels.. The iPad Pro has the exact same "uneven" bezel design as the surface, it's just arranged vertically and not horizontally. I won't bother acknowledging the "X garbage design" comment. Literally the most consistent feedback after the Pro X was announced...by the majority of the industry, is that the Pro X design language should be used on the other surface tablets going forward. Then you rage about USB-A. Which at least at some point is logical. However, today, many accessories that would be using with this device use C. Flash drives can now be had with C, most phone chargers and cables are C on both ends. You can buy monitors with a C input. This allows you to achive this with only one set of cables and NO adapter now, that's why MS finally made the move. Because we are now at a point where the Pros outweigh the cons. But then....you invalidated that by threatening to switch to a tablet with no USB outputs at all, save for the C port it uses to charge. Then you mention you have a 6. Ok, well there was the 7, which is updated to the 7 Plus today, and retains the exact same design as the 6, just with newer hardware...So they literally left a product for you and you're still complaining. Lastly, Zac doesn't need to fight you, you literally fought your own argument, the moment you brought an Apple mobile device into it.
"The funny thing is, saying that completely invalidates everything you complained about." Only because you understood nothing of what I wrote. Your cognitive deficiencies aren't my problem.
But I'll still try to make this clear to see if you can catch on:
- Microsoft released a Surface Pro with all those problems I pointed out.
- They haven't fixed the real issues previous versions of the Surface Pro had and the iPad Pro doesn't.
- Therefore, if they keep on the path of making the Surface Pro with all the defects of an iPad Pro - software and hardware wise - but without the things the iPad Pro does right, then I might as well get the iPad Pro. Did you get it now? Or do I need to make a drawing? 'cause let me know if you need a drawing as I'll have to borrow an iPad Pro to do a decent one. And you mention the Surface Pro 7. Yeah, I'm aware it exists. I'm also aware - apparently unlike you - that the Pro 7 removed the mini-display port in favour of a USB-C. Here's the thing: I have far more use for the mini-display port than for a USB-C. Which is why I didn't upgrade to the Pro 7 (The Plus is just a CPU refresh that doesn't solve any of the problems of the Pro 7...or the Pro 6, 5, 4 or 3). I'm not going to replace a bunch of new monitors and accessories just to use USB-C when most of them STILL come with USB-A (take, for example, storage solutions). (By the way, no, the iPad Pro doesn't have uneven bezels. You might need to update your knowledge of Apple devices since it seems to be lacking too ;))
I think it's your incoherent argument that's the real problem I'll break it down again. Every single issue you have with the surface.. regardless of the model, (which you are now saying, even as the owner of one of the previous ones that you imply to have to no problems with, the SP6) exists on the iPad Pro. The iPad Pro DOES have asymmetrical bezels. The Bezels at the top AND bottom of the unit are thicker then the side. Just like on the Surface. The only difference is, the ipad is oriented in Portrait, and Surface is landscape. "They haven't fixed issues" - outside of what? In comparison to the 6, it is faster, longer battery, higher resolution, smoother screen, better type cover, and a better place to hold AND recharge the pen. Mini USB vs. Mini display port - Assuming you have a convention monitor, both ports require an adapter regardless of which one you go with. The USB C however gives you another way to charge the surface, or another device, another port to use.. etc. Worse case scenario.. you'd have to buy a different dongle. oh the horror..
You also mention storage solutions... USB C hard drives and Flash Drives are abundant now, they also work faster than A. Then there's software. If a core argument is "I don't want to have to buy new things to go with a new device". Again... an Ipad pro doesn't change that. At least if you said a different PC, every thing would have made sense. But in this case you just come off as a troll