Today, Microsoft announced major updates to Surface Book, Pro, Pro X, Go, and Duo, plus several new Surface-branded peripherals.
“Today, on the threshold of Windows 11, we are revealing the largest update to the Surface portfolio in its history,” Microsoft’s Pete Kyriacou announced. “With PixelSense displays, new pen technology, premium mics and cameras, powerful silicon, and versatile form factors, the new Surface devices are designed to take Windows innovation to the next level.”
There’s a lot to digest here, so here’s a quick rundown of the announcements.
Surface Laptop Studio. This stunning replacement for Surface Book dispenses with the detachable Clipboard display and instead uses a pull-forward display that remains attached to the keyboard base whether it’s in Laptop, Stage, or Studio mode. It features a 14.4-inch PixelSense display—splitting the difference between the previous Surface Book display sizes—storage space for the new Surface Slim Pen 2, 11th-generation H-series Intel Core processors, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX graphics. The most powerful Surface that Microsoft has ever built starts at $1599 and is available for pre-order today.
Surface Pro 8. The first major update to this design since Surface Pro 3 features a larger 13-inch PixelSense display with Dolby Vision and Adaptive Color capabilities, 11th-generation Intel Core processors with Evo capabilities, two Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 5 MP front-facing webcam, a 10 MP 4K rear-facing camera, Dolby Atmos sound, and dual far-field Studio Mics, and Microsoft says it will deliver up to 16 hours of battery life. It starts at $1099 and is available for preorder today.
Surface Pro X. This year, Surface Pro X is getting a new Wi-Fi-only model that brings this ARM-based design to its lowest price point yet. Everything else is the same, from the design to the internal components, but of course with Windows 11, Surface Pro X is more useful thanks to its 64-bit software emulation capabilities. The Wi-Fi version of Surface Pro X starts at just $899 and is available for preorder today.
Surface Go 3. Microsoft’s smallest Surface PC is now up to 60 percent faster thanks to the addition of a more acceptable Intel Core i3 processor option, optional 4G/LTE connectivity, and Dolby Audio. It appears that everything else is the same as before, including the basic form factor and the 10.5-inch display. Surface Go 3 starts at $399 for a Wi-Fi-only model and is available for preorder today, with LTE models arriving in the coming months.
Surface Duo 2. Microsoft’s questionable entry into the smartphone market is updated this year with a new version that features larger 8.3-inch PixelSense Fusion displays, a more powerful Snapdragon 888 5G Mobile Platform architecture, a triple-lens camera system, stereo audio, NFC, and an array of optional new accessories. Surface Duo 2 will be available in Glacier or a new Obsidian color and will start at $1499 (ugh). It’s available for preorder today.
In addition to the core new devices noted above, Microsoft also announced a slew of new accessories and peripherals. These include:
Surface Pen Slim 2. This updated carpenter’s pencil-style smartpen can be stored in the Surface Laptop Studio base or the Surface Pro 8 Signature Keyboard cover. It features a redesigned and sharper tip and a built-in haptic motor, and it integrates with the custom Microsoft G6 processor in Surface Laptop Studio and Pro 8 to provide the most natural pen-on-paper feel yet. Surface Pen Slim 2 will cost $129 and it’s available for preorder now.
Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse. Thanks to a collaboration with SABIC, this new eco-friendly mouse is created using a resin made of 20 percent recycled ocean plastic. It costs $24.99 and is available for preorder now.
Surface Adaptive Kit. Designed to make computing more accessible for those with disabilities, the Surface Adaptive Kit includes keycap labels, bump labels, port indicators, and device openers that you can apply to computers and other devices. It will be available later this year.
Surface Pro Signature Keyboard. This new version of the Signature Type Cover looks and works like the version for Surface Pro X (and is, I assume, interchangeable), and it includes a full-sized keyboard, a touchpad, and a charging slot for the Surface Pen Slim 2.