The Surface lineup is led by the Surface Pro, Microsoft’s flagship 2-in-1 device. But the Surface Laptop, a clamshell laptop with a touchscreen and a sleek design, represents a more conventional approach.
Microsoft announced the Surface Laptop 3 at its Surface event on October 2, and it’s chock-full of exciting new hardware and features. Here’s everything we know so far about the Surface Laptop 3.
The Surface laptop 3 will come out on October 22 and pre-orders are live now. Prices are $999 for the 13-inch and $1,199 for the 15-inch.
As of the October 2 Surface Event, it has been confirmed that the Surface Laptop 3 will feature a “fully integrated aluminum chassis.” The Surface Laptop 3 will be available in the following colors: Sandstone, Matte Black, Cobalt Blue, and Platinum. All color options come with a choice of keyboard style, either Alcantara or the aluminum chassis.
Microsoft confirmed that the Surface Laptop 3 will offer a 15-inch model during its October 2019 Surface Event. The 15-inch model will feature a 15-inch PixelSense touchscreen display with a 2496 x 1664 resolution and custom AMD processors.
A 15-inch model may mean that Microsoft is targeting content creators. Other 15-inch laptops like the XPS 15 and MacBook Pro 15 offer dedicated graphics cards, up to Core i9 processors, and color-accurate, high-resolution displays.
The Surface 3 laptops will offer both AMD and Intel processors. The AMD processors are the AMD Ryzen 7 3780U and AMD Ryzen 5 3580U, and the Intel processor is a quad-core 10th generation Intel Core Ice Lake. The AMD processors are only available with the 15-inch iteration of the Surface Laptop 3. Both the 13- and 15-inch have the new Intel processors listed as options. At the October Surface Event, Microsoft claimed that the new Intel processor makes the new Surface Laptop 3 “two times faster than the Surface Laptop 2” and “three times more powerful than the MacBook Air.”
The Intel processor featured in the new Surface 3 laptops comes in two options: They’re both 10th generation, but you can get either an i5 or i7 version.
According to the October Surface Event announcement, the Surface Laptop 3 will, indeed, move to USB-C. The lack of USB-C was our biggest complaint about the previous iteration. The Surface Laptop 2 was one of the only laptops we reviewed in 2019 that didn’t include the modern, universal port, and instead relied on just USB-A, a mini-DisplayPort, and Microsoft’s magnetic Surface Connect port for power and docking.
At the October Surface Event, Microsoft also showed off two more improvements to the Surface line of laptops. The Surface Laptop 3 will feature a battery that is expected to charge up to 80% within an hour. Microsoft also claims that the battery life of the Surface Laptop 3 will be up to 11.5 hours.
The technology company also said that the Surface 3’s trackpad would be 20% larger.
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