Microsoft The Surface Pro 8 was announced, as expected, with support for 120Hz refresh rates, user-replaceable SSDs, and Thunderbolt 4 ports. This is the first major redesign for the Surface Pro family since the Surface Pro 3 eight years ago. The system now more closely resembles the Surface Pro X, including the use of that machine’s 3:2 form factor. The screen resolution has also been very slightly bumped, from 2736×1824 to 2880×1920.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8
Surface Pro 8 is a 14.4-inch PixelSense display that also gets some new branding thanks to the inclusion of a 120 Hz refresh rate, which Microsoft is branding as a Flow touch. The increased refresh rate is a welcome addition to the lineup and is also included on some of the other Surface devices being announced today. The increased smoothness is always welcome for GUI tasks, but will also be a nice addition when using the inking experience with the new Surface Slim Pen 2, which can be stored under the keyboard on the Surface Studio Laptop. Interestingly, and perhaps to keep costs down, the 14.4-inch display offers a resolution of 2400×1600, in the now-standard Surface 3:2 aspect ratio. This translates to just 201 pixels-per-inch, well short of the 267 PPI found on the Surface Pro and 260 PPI on the Surface Book. It is very much in line with the Surface Laptop. Microsoft has opted for the new Tiger Lake H35 series processors, with Core i5-11300H and Core i7-11370H offerings. The Core i5 model utilizes the Intel Xe GPU, while the Core i7 models will feature NVIDIA Ampere GPUs. Consumer models will be outfitted with the GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, while commercial customers can choose the RTX A2000.
Microsoft has updated the detachable keyboard to include storage for the Surface Slim Pen. There are, of course, new type-covers for this model since the exterior dimensions have changed slightly.