As expected, Microsoft announced three new Surface devices during its special event today: The Surface Laptop Studio 2, the Surface Laptop Go 3, and the Surface Go 4. The company also put the wraps of the Surface Hub 3, which will also be available as a module to swap into both 50” & 85” Surface Hub 2S devices.
Microsoft usually announces new flagship Surface Pro and Surface Laptop models in the fall, but the company is doing things differently this year. The Surface Laptop Studio 2 will once again become the most powerful device in the Surface lineup, while the Surface Laptop Go 3 and Surface Go 4 aim to offer the same unique Surface design at a more affordable price point.
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The Surface Laptop Studio 2 keeps the same design as its predecessor, with a 14.4 pull-forward display that lets users seamlessly transition between laptop and tablet modes. However, Microsoft said that it has listened to customer feedback and added an additional USB-A port and a microSD card slot to the chassis.
Microsoft says that the Surface Laptop Studio offers twice the power of the original model thanks to 13th-generation Intel Core CPUs, RTX 4050 and 4060 GPUs, as well as an RTX 2000 Ada Generation GPU option for designers. The Surface Laptop Studio 2 is also the first Intel-based Surface device to include a neural processing unit, which will add support for unique camera features and improve AI workloads.
The Surface Laptop Studio starts at $1,999.99 for the base model with integrated Iris Xe graphics, and it will start shipping on October 3. The top-of-the-line model with 2TB of storage, 64GB of RAM, and a GeForce RTX 4060 GPU is priced at $3,699.99. You can pre-order it from the Microsoft Store today.
The 12.4-inch Surface Laptop Go 3 is Microsoft’s most affordable laptop starting at $799. This new model comes with a more powerful 12th gen Intel Core i5 CPU, up to 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage.
Microsoft says that the Surface Laptop Go 3 should offer an 88% performance boost compared to the original Surface Laptop Go that launched 3 years ago. Moreover, the company promises up to 15 hours of typical device usage, and the Surface Laptop Go 3 also supports Fast Charging.
The Surface Laptop Go 3 is also available for pre-order starting today, and it will start shipping on October 3. The more expensive version with 16GB costs $200 more at $999.99.
The Surface Go 4 still remains the smallest Surface tablet on the lineup with its 10.5-inch display, but it’s apparently only available for business users. Microsoft says that it has redesigned the tablet to cater to the needs of frontline workers.
The new tablet comes with an Intel N200 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of storage. Microsoft promises up to 12.5 hours of battery life and up to 4.5 times more performance than the original Surface Go. It looks like the device isn’t available yet on the Microsoft Store for Business, so I don’t have pricing information as of this writing.
The Surface Hub 3 is the only new Surface that didn’t leak ahead of Microsoft’s event today, but just like its predecessor, it’s also targeted at business customers. It’s still available in 50” and 85” sizes, with a 20-point multi-touch display allowing multiple users to collaborate on the same digital whiteboard.
The Surface Hub 3 runs Microsoft Teams Rooms a Windows, and Microsoft promises up to 60% CPU performance and up to 160% GPU performance compared to the Surface Hub 2S. Customers who own the previous generation device will also be able to upgrade them by purchasing a Surface Hub 3 cartridge. Microsoft also announced that Surface Hub 2S customers will also be able to upgrade to the new Microsoft Teams experience starting next year.
While there was no live stream for Microsoft’s special event today, the video should be available on demand very soon. As expected, Microsoft’s Chief Product Officer Panos Panay was not present as the exec just announced that he was leaving the company after almost 20 years.