Surface Pro 8 has a bigger battery than Pro 7 and faster, more accurate Windows Hello

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What you need to know

  • The Surface Pro 8 gets a breakdown in the latest Microsoft Mechanics video.
  • Faster Windows Hello, new ambient color sensor, 23-watt TDP, and more were revealed.
  • Surface Pro 8 also switches from magnesium to anodized recycled aluminum for the chassis.
  • There's also a new carbon composite thermal dissipation system.

The all-new Surface Pro 8 is the first major overhaul to the Surface Pro line since 2014's Surface Pro 3. Besides thinner bezels, Thunderbolt 4, a larger display, and 11th Gen CPU, there are many other more minor changes that weren't mentioned in the press release or product specs announcement.

The latest Microsoft Mechanics video spends a good seven minutes breaking down what's new, and as it turns out, there is quite a lot that you may not have known about.

We've summarized the main points below, but it's worth watching the video yourself to have it all explained:

  • Modern, rounded chassis "compliments the fluid UI design of Windows 11"
  • The thinner bezels expand the display real estate by 11%
  • The chassis is made from recycled aluminum instead of magnesium
  • Both "classic" Platinum and Graphite Pro colorways are anodized
  • First Surface display with ambient color sensor to dynamically adjust display colors based on room lighting
  • Display brightness peaks at 450 nits and goes down to just two nits
  • 120Hz display makes pen latency "seemingly undetectable"
  • The IR camera has been improved "substantially" in terms of speed and accuracy
  • Microsoft's AI platform lets Windows Hello dynamically adapts to changes in your appearance with glasses or changes in facial hair
  • The 5MP full HD RGB camera has larger 1.4-micron pixels for better low-light performance
  • The camera also has tuning optimizations to keep your face in focus and lighting exposure more consistent
  • Dolby Vision (HDR) and Dolby Atmos (surround sound) enhance the multimedia experience
  • Surface Pro 8 supports up to 23-watt TDP for the 11th Gen Intel processor, a "first for the Pro line"
  • You can get LTE in Core i3 and Core i7 models for the first time (Commercial markets)
  • Battery has increased to 50.4 WHr up from 43.2 WHr (Surface Pro 7+ is also 50.4WHr, but Surface Pro 7 is 43.2)
  • Uses new carbon composite thermal dissipation system: Vapor chamber, three heat pipes, and three graphite spreaders
  • Improved perimeter venting
  • 46% faster compute and 75% boost to graphics processing compared to Surface Pro 7

That's a lot of stuff for Surface Pro 8, which goes to show you that what makes a PC "great" is more than just the name on the processor.

We'll keep all these changes in mind when we do our Surface Pro 8 review sometime in October to see how much of a difference it really makes. You can get more of an idea of how Surface Pro 8 compares to Surface Pro 7 to hold you over for now or go deeper on those new 11th Gen processors.

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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
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Japan
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central. He is also the head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007, when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and watches. He has been reviewing laptops since 2015 and is particularly fond of 2-in-1 convertibles, ARM processors, new form factors, and thin-and-light PCs. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.