Microsoft Event: Surface Pro 8 Announced with Bigger 13-inch Display and 120Hz Refresh Rate

Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 8 at the company’s September Surface 2021 event. It presents the biggest upgrade to the Surface Pro lineup since the Surface Pro 3 in 2014. The Surface Pro 8 now has 120Hz refresh rate, thinner bezels, Thunderbolt 4 support and a new keyboard to house the Surface Slim Pen 2.

The Surface Pro 8 will use Windows 11 Dynamic Refresh Rate Feature, which operates similar to Apple’s high refresh rate ProMotion feature. It allows the display to fluctuate between different refresh rates depending on the tasks.

The Surface Pro 8 will ship with the option of the 11th Gen Quad-Core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. The base model will include 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage, all the way to 32GB RAM and 1TB of storage.

Tech Specs

• Display: 13” PixelSense™ Flow Display
• Resolution: 2880 x 1920 (267 PPI), Up to 120Hz refresh rate (60Hz default)
• GPU Ink Acceleration
• Dolby Vision® support
• Memory: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB (LPDDR4x RAM)

• Processor:

Quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i5-1135G7 Processor
Quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-1185G7 Processor

• Operating System: Windows 11 Home

• Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient Color Sensor (brightness and color)

• Pen Compatibility: Surface Pro 8 supports Microsoft Pen Protocol (MPP)
Surface Pro 8 supports Tactile signals with Surface Slim Pen 2

The Surface Pro 8 keyboard is designed to house the Surface Slim Pen 2

• Keyboard Compatibility: Surface Pro Signature Keyboard
Surface Pro X Keyboard

• Storage: Removable solid-state drive (SSD) options: 128GB or 256GB, 512GB or 1TB
• Battery life: Up to 16 hours of typical device usage

• Graphics: Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics (i5, i7)

• Connections:

2 x USB-C® with USB 4.0/Thunderbolt™ 4
3.5mm headphone jack
1 x Surface Connect port
Surface Type Cover port
Compatible with Surface Dial off-screen interaction

• Cameras, video, and audio

Windows Hello face authentication camera (front-facing)
5MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video
10MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video
Dual far-field Studio Mics
2W stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos®

• Casing: Signature anodized aluminum
• Colors: Graphite, Platinum

The Surface Pro 8 is available for pre-order and will start shipping from October 5. The starting price is set at $1099.

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