Microsoft is introducing the third-generation of the Surface Laptop today. At its New York event, the company just took the wraps off the Surface Laptop 3, the company’s newest clamshell laptop. And this time around, Microsoft has a lot of options for customers.
Surface Laptop 3 comes in a new 15-inch variant, with a 15-inch PixelSense display and a resolution of 2496×1664 pixels and a PPI of 201. The new device will continue to be available in the usual 13.5-inch variant, which features a resolution of 2256×1504 pixels and a PPI of 201. The larger device weighs 1.542 kilograms, while the small one weighs 1.26552 kg. The larger 15-inc variant is still less heavy than the MacBook Pro. That’s not the only option Microsoft is providing with Surface Laptop 3.
You can finally get the Surface Laptop 3 without Microsoft’s Alcantara fabric on the device’s keyboard. Although a lot of people are a fan of Alcantara, I have never really enjoyed the feel of the fabric on a laptop, and Microsoft now lets you choose between a new machine aluminium finish or Alcantara when buying both the 15-inch and 13.5-inch variant of the device. This new aluminium finish looks really sleek, and I’m glad Microsoft finally gives you the option to choose an aluminium finish instead of the Alcantara fabric. It also features a 20% larger trackpad, and Instant On capability.
In terms of specs, you can get up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM on the larger 15-inch variant, while the 13.5-inch variant comes with up to 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The 13.5-inch variant devices are powered by Intel’s latest 10th generation of quad-core processors — it’s 2x faster than the Surface Laptop 2 and 3x faster than the MacBook Air.
Microsoft is also offering AMD Ryzen “Surface Edition” processor on the Surface Laptop 3 15-inch variant, which is the fastest mobile processor built by AMD. The new processor includes faster graphics performance than any other laptop in its class, according to Microsoft, who co-engineered the processor with AMD.
Both the devices come with up to 1TB of SSD storage, and Microsoft is promising to offer up to 11.5 hours of battery life on both the variants which can be fast charged (80% battery in one hour). Oh, the hard drives are removable, too. They come with the same amount of ports — and yes, that includes a single Type-C port (finally), a full-size USB-A port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a Surface Connect port. The device also features audio from Dolby Atmos.
Surface Laptop 3 comes in a range of different colors. On the smaller 13.5-inch variant, you get to choose between a new Sandstone finish or go with the usual Platinum, Cobalt, or Black finishes. And on the 15-inch variant, you can only choose between the Black or Platinum colors which is a bit disappointing.
Surface Laptop 3 13.5-inch variant starts at $999 for the Core i5 variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage and goes up to $2,399 for the Core i7 variant with 16GB RAM and 1TB storage. The 15-inch variant devices will start at $1,199.
Pre-orders today, ships October 22.