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While the Surface Duo 2 with 5G and vastly upgraded specs over its underwhelming predecessor was undoubtedly the highlight of Microsoft’s big product launch event earlier today, the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Go 3 are certainly worthy of a little attention from fans of portable gadgets as well.
There’s also the Surface Pro X, which is not technically getting an entirely new version this year after its commercial debut back in 2019, expanding however to a wider target audience by making LTE connectivity optional. Without further ado, let’s dig right into these three refreshed detachable tablet computers.
The “most significant leap forward” since the Surface Pro 3
The PixelSense screen, mind you, is also larger than on previous Surface Pro generations, at 13 whole inches, while sporting razor-thin bezels that help the new jumbo-sized Windows 11 tablet actually reduce the overall height of its predecessor.
With Dolby Vision and Adaptive Color Technology, said display should provide a pretty much unparallelled content viewing experience, especially when you consider the enhanced 2W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos support as well.
Surface Slim Pen 2
All things considered, the Surface Pro 8 is not particularly expensive either, starting at $1099.99 by itself while supporting a hot new $129.99 Surface Slim Pen 2 with zero pressure force and ultra-low latency among many other productivity-enhancing accessories.
An affordable new iPad alternative with plenty of raw speed
Basically, the 10.5-inch mid-ranger is aimed at rivaling both those “iDevices”, starting at a very reasonable $399.99 price with a fairly modest Intel Pentium 6500Y processor inside and going all the way up to $629.99 for a Core i3 configuration packing a zippy 128GB SSD and 8GB RAM.
Interestingly, while the Surface Go 3 also weighs the same as 2020’s 10.5-inch model, the battery life is somehow (lightly) upgraded, from 10 to up to 11 hours on a single charge. There’s also optional LTE Advanced support this time around, but you’ll have to wait a little longer for that specific variant to become available.
Four Wi-Fi-only Surface Pro X configurations
That’s it. That’s the story of the latest Surface Pro X “upgrade.” For as little as $899.99, you can now pre-order the “always connected” 13-incher in a… not-always-connected variant with a Microsoft-developed SQ1 processor, 128GB SSD, and 8GB RAM on deck.
Just like the Surface Pro 8 and Go 3, the “new” Surface Pro X is scheduled to kick off its “general availability” on October 5. Until then, you’ll have to spend a small fortune if you do prefer an always connected Pro X, as the two most affordable such options are out of stock and unlikely to ever come back.