Surface line gets a refresh in Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3

Microsoft revealed some brand-new and upcoming hardware as part of its Surface event, but it didn’t forget about the core products. The Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 will update the company’s core hardware lines with some crucial improvements and tweaks.

The Surface Laptop 3

The Surface Laptop line has become a favorite for Windows users. So much so that Microsoft only barely changed the Surface Laptop 2 compared to its predecessor. The Surface Laptop 3 is getting some much-needed updates, however. Changes to the trackpad, keyboard, available ports all make this thing look appealing.

One of the biggest new aspects is the addition of a 15-inch model to the line in addition to the 13.5-inch version. If you go with the 13.5-inch model, you’ll be running on a 10th-gen Ice Lake Intel Core processor. Microsoft says its twice as fast as the Surface Laptop 2 and three times as fast as the MacBook Air.

If you go with the bigger model of the Surface Laptop 3, however, you’ll be revving up with dual AMD processors, called “Ryzen Surface Edition” chips that the company says are “the fastest process for any laptop in its class today.” Also inside is a removable hard drive. Microsoft boasted about the serviceability of the device, showing that the whole keyboard layer comes off with just a few screws.

The designers have also gone out of their way to minimize the bezel on the device, though it has room for a pair of studio mics and a front-facing camera. The display itself is the standard Surface 3:2 aspect ratio and features touch sensitivity.

Surface Laptop Design and Battery Life

Microsoft Surface Laptop 3

Down on the desk side of the Surface Laptop 3, you’ll notice the fabric covering is gone. The trackpad is now 20% larger. Microsoft boasted during the presentation about just how carefully designed this thing is, saying that it removed the rubber bumper from the laptop. The keyboard features 1.3-mm travel with 19mm of space between keys. This is likely to help with that un-bumpered closure, but Microsoft says it also means nearly silent typing. You’ll have to connect a separate blue-switch keyboard if you want to annoy your coworkers.

If you do want to connect external hardware, there’s now a USB Type-C port in addition to the standard USB Type-A port and headphone jack, though that’s it for onboard plugs.

On the battery side of things, Microsoft is saying the Surface Laptop 3 will get 11.5 hours of battery life, though you should take that with grains of salt that taste like “extremely dim screen” and “power saving settings enabled,” probably. The laptop can charge either via Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connector or via USB Type-C. With the Connector, though, the laptop will charge to 80% life in less than an hour.

The Surface Laptop 3 is available for pre-order now, launching October 22nd. The 13.5-inch model starts at $999, while the 15-inch goes from $1,199.

The Surface Pro 7

Alongside the Surface Laptop 3, Microsoft also revealed the Surface Pro 7. This one is a bit less exciting, but an improvement nonetheless.

The overall design of the device remains unchanged, but there’s now a USB Type-C port on the outside. The Pro 7 still has the same 12.3-inch display, and still uses the Surface Type Keyboard and Surface Pen. Inside, you’ll find Intel’s 10th Gen processors ranging from Core i3 to Core i7 models. You can start with just 4GB RAM up to 16GB, and from 128GB storage up to 1TB.

Like the Surface Laptop, the Surface Pro 7 will be available on October 22nd and is up for pre-order right now. It starts from $749.

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I bit on the Pro 7. Finally quad core, decent integrated graphics, and USB-C. I’m stoked.

Sweatshopking
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Last year’s was quad core

dragondaddybear
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Yes. And there have been a couple others that had Thunderbolt and 4 cores, but not the integrated graphics. It should make playing Civ V touchscreen mode much more fun.

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Oled screen!!!! Spectre x360 13 New model will include a 4k oled option. Most brands have a 15 oled option, tab s6 also has it. Just do it!!!! Its not just about contrast . Its about color gamut. A device that photographers can use on the fly with decent colors would be such a breakthrough!

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I wish more manufacturers would copy the 3:2 ratio. That’s seriously a killer feature, except for the operating system/lack of *nix support. I would _love_ to buy a dell with ubuntu support with screens like these.

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Re. “Ryzen Surface Edition” chips:

Details of the chip are still a little blurry, but we do know the laptop will come with either a Ryzen 7 3780U with Radeon RX Vega 11 graphics, or a Ryzen 5 3580U with Radeon RX Vega 9 graphics. If the nomenclature for Radeon Vega products holds up, that means 11 compute units for the Vega 11 and 9 compute units for the Vega 9 part. The amount of CPU cores wasn’t disclosed, but considering the chip is rated at 15 watts we suspect it to be a quad-core part. (source)

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dragondaddybear
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What? FreeSync? Nice! I haven’t seen that reported anywhere. Thanks for the link.

Patrick McNamara
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Can I put Linux on it? Being serious. Been trying to find a decent laptop to replace my aging Asus UX31A. No Windows in the house, and no plans to change that.

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Yes, same as any other device with a Windows certification. The ability for an end user to disable Secure Boot is one of the requirements to achieve that certification. For the Surfaces, you power them off then hold VOL UP while powering on to go fiddling about in the UEFI.

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You WILL need a Linux variant that can do UEFI boot without legacy support enabled, but that’s the case for many if not most devices now anyway.

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