Everything You Need to Know About the New Microsoft Surface Devices

Microsoft has recently unveiled two new PCs and one new smartphone in their Surface family. In this article, CyberCall Computer Repair Bristol take a look at each model’s specs and the users for whom they might be best.

Surface Pro 8

The business-minded Surface Pro flagship is now in its eighth generation, and this time, it’s slightly larger than previous generations with its 13-inch HDR touchscreen. Microsoft will offer up to a 120 Hz refresh rate for a more natural display experience they claim will please content creators and light gamers alike.

Eleven is the magic number for the Pro 8. Under the hood, the tablet uses Intel’s 11th-generation chips to power the Windows 11 OS out of the box. Microsoft will offer up to 32 GB of RAM to boost intensive tasks and applications, as well as I/O options using the latest USB 4.0 and Thunderbolt 4 standards. With this enhanced power comes more heat, and it remains to be seen whether Microsoft’s trademark passive cooling system will keep the promised performance consistent.

Surface Laptop Studio

The Surface Laptop Studio may appear to be a traditional 14.4″ clamshell running Windows 11. When you unclip the display, however, you’ll find it offers much more flexibility by folding down over the keyboard deck. Artists, whether they use the “easel” or “tablet” modes, will appreciate the more ergonomic ways to sketch on their device while not sacrificing a traditional form factor.

Like its predecessors in the Book line, the Studio is the most powerful of the Surface laptops. The more expensive of the two available configurations packs a Core i7-11370H CPU and RTX 3050 Ti GPU, a combination commonly seen in this year’s budget gaming laptops. With the 120 Hz display and active cooling, a satisfying gaming experience is definitely possible with the Studio if you’re willing to pay for the more subtle design.

Surface Duo 2

Microsoft is attempting to reposition itself in the competitive Android phone market with the second generation of the two-screen Duo device. The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor allows 5G and NFC payment support, features that were crucially missing from the first generation. Design changes include a display down the phone’s “spine” for simple access to notifications, as well as a triple-lens rear camera capable of taking ultrawide photos at 16 MP.

Summary

Microsoft once again attempts to cater to everyone with the eighth-generation Surface devices: consumers, professionals, content creators, and even gamers. Both time and hands-on reviews will tell if the devices will perform to standard. However, early adopters to Windows 11 who desire a hardware-optimized and bloatware-free experience will be pleased with the new offerings.

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