Surface Pro 8 Specs and Photo Gallery

Posted on September 22, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Microsoft Surface with 19 Comments

Surface Pro 8 provides a bigger 120 Hz refresh rate display, two Thunderbolt 2 ports, and an optional Surface Pen Slim 2.


Display. 13-inch PixelSense Flow multi-touch display with 3:2 aspect ratio, 2880 x 1920 resolution (267 PPI), Dolby Vision support, and up to 120 Hz refresh rate. Supports Surface Dial.

Processor. Consumers have a choice of quad-core 11th-generation Intel Core i5-1135G7 or Core i7-1185G7 Evo processors. Commercial customers can choose between dual-core 11th-generation Intel Core i3-1115G4 (Wi-Fi only) or quad-core 11th-generation Intel Core i5-1145G7 or Core i7-1185G7 (Evo processors in Wi-Fi or LTE configurations. )

Graphics. Intel UHD graphics (Core i3) or Intel Iris Xe Graphics (i5, i7).

RAM. 8 GB, 16GB, or 32 GB of LPDDDR4x RAM.

Storage. 128GB, 256GB (Wi-Fi or LTE), 512GB (Wi-Fi), or 1 TB (Wi-Fi) of removable SSD storage.

Connectivity. Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, optional LTE Advanced with removable SIM and eSIM support (via Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE Modem) on some models.

Battery. Up to 16 hours, fast charging support up to 80 percent in just over one hour.

Cameras. Front-facing 5 MP camera with 1080 p Full HD video, 10 MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4K video.

Audio. Dual far-field Studio Mics, 2-watt stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support

Connectivity. Two Thunderbolt 4/USB 4.0 ports, 3.5mm headphone jack, Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover port.

Power. 60-watt power supply with 5-watt USB-A charging port.

Security. Windows Hello facial recognition, TPM 2.0.

Size. 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37-inches. (Note that body is now Platinum-colored aluminum, not magnesium.)

Weight. 1.96 pounds.

OS. Consumers get Windows 11 Home with preloaded Microsoft 365 apps, 30-day Microsoft 365 Family trial, Xbox app with one-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate trial. Commercial customers get Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro.


These photos were provided by Microsoft.

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Comments (19)

19 responses to “Surface Pro 8 Specs and Photo Gallery”

  1. amosclan

    I only have one question: Is the battery factory serviceable?

    • wpcoe

      I would assume they are factory serviceable only. I doubt they are meant to be serviceable by a consumer or even a non-MS laptop service center.

  2. loupz

    No microSD slot?

  3. scottkuhl

    I was surprised they didn't go with rounded corners on the screen like the Go and new Studio Laptop.

  4. wpcoe

    According to the comments in a Microsoft Mechanics Youtube video, a SP3/4/5/6/7 keyboard will not work with the SP8. The SP8 is only keyboard-compatible with Surface Pro X. Darn. I like using my old SP keyboard that has a fingerprint sensor.

  5. mark-swiss

    11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37-inches => 287 x 208 x 9.30 mm (width x height x thickness) - for the rest of the world ;-)

  6. IanYates82

    The top of the article says

    "two thunderbolt 2 ports"

    I was ready with my pitchfork to ask why they weren't at least thunderbolt 3.

    Then I see in the specs list further down that it's thunderbolt 4 / usb 4. Bravo! Nice to see some future proofing.

  7. cseafous

    Since the hardrive is removable, could you buy the LTE version with the 256 GB drive and then buy a 1 TB drive later to replace it? Or will they only sell you a drive of the same size?

    • jgraebner

      I'm pretty sure you can upgrade it later. That's one of the main reasons for the removable SSD.

      By the way, it is in really tiny print in a footnote on the Surface Pro 8 for Business site, but the LTE version won't be available until some time in 2022.

      • cseafous

        Thanks! That gives me more time to decide if I want to go for it or not.

  8. wpcoe

    (Sorry for the "stream of consciousness" multiple posts...) Did they move the volume rocker to the side, and move the headphone jack lower, as well?

    (My SP6 has the volume rocker at the top, next to the power button, and the headphone jack is toward the top of the side, but one photo above seems to show them both on the side.)

  9. RobertJasiek

    I see a fan but what models will be silent? Is the battery replaceable? Is there any reduction of reflectance? Microsoft, what are release date and prices?

    Microsoft should have waited for 12th generation CPUs but apparantly is afraid of Windows 11 bugs related to thread management.

    (Typo: Thunderbolt 2.)

  10. wpcoe

    Why do consumer vs commercial users get different i5 models? On they both are the same price. Wouldn't consumer want/appreciate the newer & slightly faster i5-1145G7?

  11. lezmaka

    I think 3 of those pictures are of the new Surface Go - only 1 USB-C and headphone on right side

  12. crunchyfrog

    This a very welcomed update and long overdue.

    My issue is with Microsoft's quality control. I have had too many issues with Surface devices in the past and my Go 2 is being serviced as we speak. I returned a Surface Pro 7 I had bought for my wife because it would not wake up from sleep without a hard reboot which is a known issue going back to Surface Pro 4's.

    If they can make these devices reliable enough that they can last for years without these kinds of chronic problems then perhaps I can start trusting them again. I have started moving to Lenovo and Samsung devices and so far so good.

  13. harmjr

    Boy these are so good. I want to buy a commercial one guess I cant since I am not a business.

    Ugg but I am still pissed off at Microsoft for Windows 11.

  14. pachiffman

    Can the old Dock that works with a Surface Pro 7 work with the Surface Pro 8?