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Surface Go 3: Price, release date, features, and everything you should know

The Surface Go 3 is here, and it's exactly what you'd expect.

Microsoft's budget-friendly Surface Go line of tablets is one of our favorites, being accessible to a much wider audience thanks to its low-cost of entry in a tiny package that makes it super portable and fun to use. With pricing starting at $399, it's hard to hate the Surface Go. So, here's everything you need to know about the latest Surface Go 3.

Surface Go 3: Pricing and availability

The Surface Go 3 is expected to start shipping on Oct. 5 in "many markets." The LTE models of Surface Go 3 will begin shipping in the December timeframe in the United States and Canada, and in early 2022 for other markets. U.S. pricing for each SKU is as follows:

Surface Go 3

Category Features
Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y/4GB RAM/64GB eMMC/Wi-Fi $399
Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y/4GB RAM/64GB eMMC/LTE $499
Intel Pentium GOLD 6500Y/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/Wi-Fi $549
Intel Core i3-10100Y/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/Wi-Fi $629
Intel Core i3-10100Y/8GB RAM/128GB SSD/LTE $729

Surface Go 3: Specs

Category Surface Go 3
OS Windows 11 Home in S mode (consumer)
Windows 11 Pro (commercial)
Windows 10 Pro (commercial)
Processor Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y
10th Gen Intel Core i3-10100Y
RAM 4GB, 8GB
Graphics Intel UHD 615
Storage 64GB eMMC
128GB SSD
256GB SSD (commercial)
Display 10.5 inches
1920x1280
220 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Touch
Ports USB-C
Surface Connect
3.5mm audio
microSD card reader
Nano SIM (LTE models)
Audio Dual 2W stereo speakers
Dual far-field studio mics
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5
Snapdragon X16 LTE
eSIM support
Nano SIM support
Camera Front-facing 5MP (1080p)
Rear-facing 8MP (1080p)
IR camera
Keyboard Type Cover
Not included
Touchpad Precision
Pen MPP compatible
Not included
Security IR camera
Firmware TPM (consumer)
Hardware TPM 2.0 (commercial)
Battery Up to 11 hours
Dimensions 9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches
(245mm x 175mm x 8.3mm)
Weight Wi-Fi: 1.2 pounds (544g)
LTE: 1.22 pounds (533g)
Color Platinum

Surface Go 3: Features

Surface Go 3 is identical to the Surface Go 2 in every way except the processor department. That means there are no new features specific to the Surface Go 3, though you do now get more power for your money with the entry-level model, as it's now 60% more powerful than the entry-level Surface Go 2.

You can equip the Surface Go 3 with a microSD card, thanks to the built-in microSD card reader hidden under the kickstand. The 10.5-inch touchscreen can be used with your fingers or an optional Surface Pen. Surface Go 3 also supports the same Surface Go 2 and Surface Go 1 Type Covers, though Microsoft has updated the newest Surface Go Type Covers with the new Windows 11 logo on the Start button. Outside of that change, the Type Covers are identical.

The Surface Go 3 also uses the older Surface Pen design, not the Surface Slim Pen or Surface Slim Pen 2. The old Surface Pen can magnetically attach to the side of the Surface Go 3, though it will not wirelessly charge there, and the battery will need to be replaced around once a year.

Of course, the Surface Go 3 also has options for LTE, giving you access to the web from anywhere using a data plan. Those models won't be shipping until later, however.

Surface Go 3 for students

Microsoft says the Surface Go 3 is an excellent PC for students looking to complete schoolwork at home or at school. Its small size makes it a great PC for fitting into a backpack, and the optional Type Cover accessory gives the Surface Go 3 the versatility of turning into a laptop when required for writing essays or doing research.

With the optional Surface Pen, the Surface Go 3 becomes a great note-taking device. The 10.5-inch display is almost the same size as a piece of paper, so when paired with OneNote, writing with the Surface Pen feels totally natural.

You've also got a great webcam for video calls with classmates, and a headphone jack if you wish to plug in your headphones to listen to music or watch a video while you work.

Surface surprise

Surface Go 3

Starting at $400 at Microsoft

Third time's the charm

If you want entry to the Surface family of devices for one of the lowest possible prices, the Surface Go 3 tablet is an option to consider. For now, it's a Wi-Fi device, though LTE options are on the way.

Surface Laptop Studio: What's new, pricing, and release dates

The Surface Book takes on a new form with the Laptop Studio.

Microsoft has a new flagship laptop on the block, and it's called Surface Laptop Studio. It features a brand-new 2-in-1 design that Microsoft hasn't used on the Surface line before, with a 14-inch display that can now be pulled forward or laid flat over the keyboard deck for drawing or inking.

Surface Laptop Studio is a replacement for the Surface Book, according to Microsoft. It has powerful dedicated graphics in the form of the NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti, more powerful 11th Gen Intel processors, and can be had with up to 32GB RAM and 2TB storage. Here's everything you need to know.

Surface Laptop Studio: Price and release date

The Surface Laptop Studio is launching first in the United States and Canada and is expected to ship on Oct. 5. Pre-orders are open now, with pricing beginning at an eye-watering $1,600. Upgrading to higher-specification models can push the price beyond $3,000.

SKU Price
Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 128GB storage, Iris Xe $1,599.99
Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, Iris Xe $1,799.99
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti $2,099.99
Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti $2,699.99
Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti $3,099.99

Surface Laptop Studio pricing starts identically to Surface Book 3, fulfilling a similar space as a mobile powerhouse for professionals. While the new design axes the previously detachable display, it's a promising new successor to the Surface Book lineup, with a comparatively expected RRP.

We also expect Microsoft to bring Surface Laptop Studio to 47 additional markets in 2022, we just don't exactly where, and when.

Bye-bye Book

Surface Laptop Studio

From $1,600 at Microsoft Store

The 2-in-1 gets weirder

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop Studio delivers an interesting take on the 2-in-1 form factor. Instead of being a tablet with a detachable keyboard, the display is no longer detachable and can instead be pulled forward and laid flat over the keyboard. It also has a new Precision Haptic touchpad, a 120Hz 14-inch display, and powerful Intel and NVIDIA chips.

Surface Laptop Studio: Specs

Category Surface Laptop Studio
OS Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Processor 11th Gen Intel
Core i5-11300H
Core i7-11370H
RAM 16GB, 32GB
LPDDR4x
Graphics Iris Xe (i5)
NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Laptop (i7)
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop (i7, commercial)
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB SSD
Upgradeable
Display 14.4 inches
2400x1600
201 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Dolby Vision
Up to 120Hz
Touch
Ports Two Thunderbolt 4
3.5mm audio
Surface Connect
Audio Four Omnisonic speakers
Dolby Atmos
Two far-field mics
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Camera Front-facing 1080p
IR camera
Keyboard Backlit
Touchpad Precision
Haptic
Pen Surface Slim Pen 2
(Not included)
Security IR camera
Firmware TMP (consumer)
Hardware TPM 2.0 (commercial)
BitLocker (commercial)
Battery Up to 19 hours (i5)
Up to 18 hours (i7)
Dimensions 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.7 inches
(322.6mm x 228.6mm x 17.8mm)
Weight i5: 3.83 pounds (1.7kg)
i7: 4.0 pounds (1.8kg)

The Surface Laptop Studio features an 11th-Gen Intel Core i5-11300H or i7-11380H, which are a little more powerful than the Intel 11th-Gen chips found in the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8. The device can be configured with either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB storage, and can even wirelessly charge the new Surface Slim Pen 2, which is sold separately.

The new 14.4-inch display also has a high refresh rate of 120Hz, which will make using Windows 11 feel super smooth with all its new animations. Curiously, the new 14.4-inch display isn't as high of a resolution as that found on the Surface Book line. The device has two USB-C ports, both of which are Thunderbolt 4 enabled, a headphone jack, and the Surface Connect port for those who prefer Microsoft's magnetic charging port.

Surface Laptop Studio features: New Studio display, high performance

The Surface Laptop Studio features a brand-new design that enables the display to be pulled forward and laid flat over the keyboard when wanting to write or draw, Microsoft calls this "Studio mode," and is great for creators or those who want to use the touchscreen flat. There's also a "tent mode" that props the display up between the trackpad and keyboard, great for watching movies.

The design makes for a more elegant solution over the Surface Book series, which features a detachable display, breaking away from the keyboard into a standalone tablet. With the Studio Laptop occupying a similar space to the Surface Book 3 refreshed in early 2020, that detachable display is the main reason to still opt for the older device.

The Surface Laptop Studio is all about performance, designed with creatives and power users in mind, as reflected by the hardware under the hood. The range is expected to significantly outperform newly updated devices like the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Go 3, ideal for intensive software like Photoshop or 4K video editing.

Various long-requested hardware upgrades also help fortify the Surface Laptop Studio as its most powerful device to date, aiding productivity while on the move. New Thunderbolt 4 support sees a significant leap in connectivity, allowing for faster transfer rates and support for more external devices like multiple 4K displays. The onboard 120Hz refresh rate also improves on-device fluidity, providing smoother interactivity for productivity and gaming.

Other new features include support for the Surface Slim Pen, with a hidden charging cradle underneath the front of the laptop. Magnets will hold the pen in place while charging, allowing you to store the pen and carry it with the device.

Also new to the Surface Laptop Studio is a new "Precision Haptic" touchpad, which means the touchpad itself is static and no longer moves when clicked. Instead, special haptic engines underneath the touchpad vibrate to make it feel as if you're clicking down, similar to Apple's MacBook touchpads.

Microsoft also claims buyers can expect improvements in battery life, with up to 19 hours available, slightly surpassing the 17.5 hours seen with the latest Surface Book 3. The overall device dimensions and weight, while larger than many existing Surface products, also undercut the Surface Book 3 lineup.

The Surface Laptop Studio presents a new form factor in Microsoft's premium PC lineup, suited to high-end productivity. While we'll need to wait until our full review for final impressions, it's a promising option for creatives and power users with a need for speed.

Everything you need to know about the new Surface Duo 2

Surface Duo 2 is official! Here's everything you need to know.

Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off its second generation Surface Duo, featuring upgrades in every single department. Surface Duo 2 has bigger and better displays, support for 5G and NFC enabling wireless payments, the latest flagship processor from Qualcomm, and a new Glance bar feature that shows notifications down the spine of the device when closed.

Microsoft has also made improvements to the Surface Duo 2's design for a better fit and finish, and the device is more sturdy now too. Surface Duo 2 is a huge upgrade over the first Surface Duo.

Surface Duo 2 price and availability

Surface Duo 2 has a starting price of $1,499, a $100 increase over the launch price of the first Surface Duo. The device is available in more markets at launch however, and is expected to start shipping on October 21 in the following markets:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan

Surface Duo 2 can be had in both Glacier White or Obsidian Black colors, in either 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB storage configurations. The pricing for each spec is $1,499, $1,599, and $1,799 respectively.

Surface Duo 2 specs

Category Surface Duo 2
OS Android 11
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Network Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth 5.1
LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat 20 DL / Cat 13 UL | Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18DL / Cat 5 UL
SIM Nano SIM + eSIM
Network bands FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19,20,25, 26,28,29,30,38,39,40,41,42,46,48,66,71
WCDMA: 1,2,5,8
GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
Display Single: 5.8 inches (1892x1344), 401 PPI, 4:3 aspect ratio
Dual: 8.3 inches (2688x1892), 401 PPI, 3:2 aspect ratio
AMOLED, HDR, 800 nits, 90Hz
Memory 8GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB
Camera Front-facing: 12MP, ƒ/2.0, 24mm, 1.0um
Rear-facing wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.7, 27mm, 1.4um
Rear-facing telephoto: 12MP, ƒ/2.4, 51mm, 1.0um
Rear-facing ultra-wide: 16MP, ƒ/2.2, 13mm, 1.0um
Audio Stereo speaker
Security Fingerprint reader
Ports USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2)
Battery 4,449mAh
Fast Charging
Dimensions Open: 145.2mm (H) x 184.5mm (W) x 5.5mm (T)
Closed: 145.2mm (H) x 92.1mm (W) x 11mm (T at hinge)
Weight 284g
Color Glacier
Obsidian

The Surface Duo 2 is slightly thicker and heavier than the first Surface Duo, which Microsoft says actually helps with the overall robustness of the device. It's much more sturdy, and the outside glass now gently curves into the edges for a better fit and finish.

Microsoft has also increased the size of the displays to 5.8-inches each, which means the bezels are now slightly thinner. Microsoft has also combinted the fingerprint reader with the power button, centered the USB-C charging port

Surface Duo 2 features

Surface Duo 2 has a whole bunch of new features over the Surface Duo 1. Thanks to the slight curve in the displays down the middle, the screens are now slightly exposed down the spine when closed. This has allowed Microsoft to build a new feature it calls "Glance bar" that can be configured to show incoming calls and notifications down the spine, acting as a heads-up ticker when the device is closed. The Glance bar also provides visual indicators when plugging in the device to charge, and when phone calls come in.

There's also a new lift to wake feature that will automatically turn the displays on when you pick up the device. This makes the Duo 2 feel faster, as the displays will already be on by the time you've opened the device. You can now also configure certain apps to automatically open across both displays instead of having to manually span the app once it's open.

Microsoft has also updated the Launcher with an updated "activity feed" which includes a new UI, a little more similar to the Widgets panel found on Windows 11. We don't know if there are any other changes present in the Microsoft Launcher on Duo 2 at this time, but here's hoping we get some more customization options!

There's also new ringtons and text tones, default wallpapers, and Microsoft now has its own Photos app powered by OneDrive that provides helpful editing tools. Microsoft has also rebuilt the Camera app from the ground up exclusively for Surface Duo 2.

MIcrosoft is also selling a new "case" that can attach to the front of the Surface Duo 2 and enables wireless charging for the Surface Slim Pen. The magnets are now also stronger, so the Surface Slim Pen can actually attach to the Surface Duo 2 without falling off.

Surface Duo 2 cameras

Surface Duo 2 features an entire new camera array consisting of a 12MP selfie shooter on the inside above the right display, and a new triple lens camera setup on the back side of the device, housed in a typical smartphone camera bump. This external camera setup includes a 12MP wide, 12MP telephoto, and 16MP ultrawide sensor.

Microsoft says the Surface Duo 2 has support for low-light and nigh photography aided by computational processing via a new camera app exclusive to Surface Duo 2. Microsoft says these cameras will provide a flagship camera experience, including support for features such as portrait mode with adjustable depth control, and low-light and Auto HDR photography improvements.

The bump on the back of the device isn't as intrusive as first thought. When in single-screen mode, the device now sits flush with the top of the camera bump. While that does mean the device won't lay fully flat in single-screen mode, in our brief testing this didn't hinder usability at all.

A real phone

Surface Duo 2

From $1,499 at Microsoft Store From $1,499 at Best Buy

Upgraded in almost every way

Surface Duo 2 is a major upgrade for the dual-screen form factor, featuring larger 90Hz displays that curve down the middle, the latest Snapgraon 888 processor with 5G, 8GB RAM, NFC and can even charge the Surface Slim Pen via an optional case accessory.

The Surface Slim Pen 2 is official with haptics and zero-force inking

Haptics make writing or drawing on screen feel like real paper.

What you need to know

  • The new Surface Slim Pen 2 features new haptic and zero-force inking features.
  • Tactile signals will immitate the feeling of writing on real paper.
  • The Surface Slim Pen ships later this year for $129.99.

In addition to all the new Surface PCs unveiled today, Microsoft is also announcing an updated Surface Slim Pen with a new revolutionary feature that it calls "tactile signals" which provide real-time haptics when using the pen on a Surface Pro 8 or Surface Laptop Studio running Windows 11.

Microsoft says the new Surface Slim Pen 2 also features a new "Zero-Force Inking" experience that makes digital ink "flow fluidly out of the pen the instant it hits the screen." In addition, Microsoft has also added haptic feedback that will send taptic signals to immitate the feeling of drawing of writing on real paper.

Category Surface Slim Pen 2
Connection Bluetooth 5.0
Buttons Side button
Top button
Color Matte Black
Pressure Sensitivity 4,096 pressure levels
Zero force inking
Dimensions 5.38 x 0.44 x 0.25 in (136.8 x 11.3 x 6.3 mm)
Weight 0.03 lb (13 g)
Battery Rechargeable, up to 15 hours
Haptic Support Surface Pro 8
Surface Laptop Studio
Pen Support Surface Pro 3 and up
Surface Pro X
Surface Duo 1/2
Surface Go 1/2/3
Surface Hub 2S
Surface Laptop 1/2/3/4
Surface Studio 1/2
Surface Book 1/2/3
Non-Surface devices that support MPP

Tactile signals can also make it easier to identify when you've correctly used natural gestures such as circling to select a group of words or crossing out items. The haptic feedback will be one of those things you have to use to really understand.

So far, these are the Windows 11 apps that support haptic feedback with the Surface Slim Pen 2:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Journal
  • Microsoft Whiteboard
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Adobe Fresco
  • Sketchable
  • LiquidText
  • Shapr3D

The Surface Slim Pen 2 can be wirelessly charged via its own Surface Slim Pen charging cradle, or if you have a Surface Laptop Studio, via the included charging area located underneath the front of the device. Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 8 users can charge the Surface Slim Pen 2 via the Type Cover, which is sold separately.

The Surface Slim Pen 2 is available for pre-order today for $129.99 in the United States. What are your thoughts on the Surface Slim Pen 2 so far? Let us know in the comments.

Haptic writing

Surface Slim Pen 2

$129.99 at Microsoft Store

Feels like real paper

Updated with a new taptic signal engine, the Surface Slim Pen 2 can make it feel as if you're writing or drawing on real paper thanks to a tiny haptic engine on the inside that vibrates as you use the device in certain apps.

The Surface Pro 8 finally catches up to the Pro X with refreshed design

That new 13-inch 120Hz display is going to blow your socks off.

What you need to know

  • The Surface Pro 8 is official with a design just like the Surface Pro X.
  • It has a new 13-inch 120Hz display and two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.
  • Pricing starts at $1,099 and is expected to ship October 5.

Microsoft has announced the next generation of its mainline Surface Pro device, dubbed the Surface Pro 8, which finally closer aligns its design with the now two-year old Surface Pro X. Featuring 11th-Gen Intel chips, the Surface Pro 8 has a 13-inch 120hz display and support for the Surface Pro X Type Cover's with Surface Slim Pen charging built-in.

The overall form factor of the Surface Pro 8 can be described as a slightly thicker Surface Pro X with an added vent around the top to help with cooling those hotter Intel chips, and a headphone jack. Microsoft says this is the biggest update to the main Surface Pro line since the Surface Pro 3, as it now finally adopts the much more modern design language that the Surface Pro X is already rocking.

Just like the Surface Pro X, Microsoft has updated the ports from one USB-A and one USB-C to two USB-C ports. And for the first time, the USB-C ports are now Thunderbolt 4 enabled. Surface Connect remains for those who prefer charging with Microsoft's magnetic charging solution. It can be had with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage.

Category Surface Pro 8
OS Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro (commercial)
Windows 10 Pro (commercial)
Processor Consumer:
11th Gen Intel
Core i5-1135G7
Core i7-1185G7
Commercial:
11th Gen Intel
Core i3-1115G4
Core i5-1145G7
Core i7-1185G7
RAM 8GB, 16GB, 32GB
LPDDR4x
Graphics Intel UHD (i3)
Intel Iris Xe (i5, i7)
Storage 128GB, 256GB SSD (Wi-Fi, LTE)
512GB, 1TB SSD (Wi-Fi)
Display 13 inches
2880x1920
267 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Up to 120Hz (60Hz default)
Touch
Ports Two Thunderbolt 4
Surface Connect
3.5mm audio
Audio Dual 2W stereo speakers
Dolby Atmos
Dual far-field studio mics
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Snapdragon X20 LTE
eSIM support
Camera IR camera
Front-facing 5MP (1080p)
Rear-facing 10MP (1080p, 4K)
Keyboard Surface Pro Signature keyboard
Not included
Touchpad Precision
Pen Surface Slim Pen 2
Not included
Security TPM 2.0
IR camera
Battery Up to 16 hours
Dimensions 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 inches
(287mm x 208.3mm x 9.4mm)
Weight 1.96 pounds (891g)
Color Platinum
Graphite

The big upgrade on Surface Pro 8 that the Surface Pro X sadly misses out on is with the display, which is now 13-inches in size with a high refresh rate of 120Hz. This upgraded display will make using the Surface Pro 8 feel very fast and fluid thanks to Windows 11's new smooth animations.

Microsoft is also introducing a new Surface Slim Pen 2 with haptics, which works with the new Surface Pro 8. The Slim Pen can be stored and charged via the new Surface Pro Type Covers, which are just the Surface Pro X Type Covers which are now cross compatible with the Surface Pro 8. The Type Covers have also been updated with the new Windows 11 logo on the Start button to keep things consistent.

Microsoft is adding LTE to the Surface Pro 8 too, which is now also available with an i7 configuration, a first for the Surface line. Pre-orders for the Surface Pro 8 are open now, with prices starting at $1,099. Pricing and availability is as follows:

SKU Price
Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage $1,099.99
Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB Storage $1,199.99
Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 512GB Storage $1,399.99
Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage $1,399.99
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage $1,599.99
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage $1,899.99
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage $2,199.99
Intel Core i7, 32GBR AM, 1TB Storage $2,599.99

Surface Pro 8 is expected to begin shipping on October 5 in the following markets:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Switzerland
  • France
  • Japan

Classic 2-in-1

Surface Pro 8

From $1,099 at Microsoft Store

Updated design, same 2-in-1 form factor.

The Surface Pro 8 finally adopts the modern design that Microsoft first introduced with Surface Pro X, now with two USB-C ports that are Thunderbolt 4 enabled, an upgraded 13-inch display with a high-refresh rate of 120Hz, and support for the Surface Pro X style Type Covers with the Slim Pen charging cradle.

Surface Duo 2 is finally a good phone thanks to upgrades where it counts

Microsoft's flagship dual-screen Android device is back with a vengence.

What you need to know

  • Surface Duo 2 is official with upgraded specs, bigger displays, and more!
  • Featuring a new "glance bar" down the spine, 5G connectivity and NFC.
  • Pre-orders are now open with an expected ship date of October 21.

It's finally official! Microsoft's has taken the wraps off its second generation Surface Duo handset, aptly dubbed the "Surface Duo 2" and features upgrades across the board, including the latest Snapdragon 888 processor, 5G connectivity, NFC, and much more. The device is available for pre-order today for $1,499 and is expected to start shipping on October 21 in select markets.

Top billing for the Surface Duo 2 includes a new triple camera system on the back side of the device. This new camera system consists of a wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lens at 12MP, 16MP, and 12MP respectively. Microsoft says these cameras will provide a flagship camera experience, including support for features such as night light photography, portrait mode with adjustable depth control, and low-light and Auto HDR photography improvements.

Microsoft has also increased the displays of Surface Duo 2 to 5.8-inches each, which now equates to around 8.3-inches of total screen space. The displays have a refresh rate of 90hz and are slighly curved down the middle as well, which allows a small section of the display to be exposed down the spine when closed. Microsoft calls this the "glance bar" and it will show notifications as they come in.

Category Surface Duo 2 Surface Duo 1
OS Android 11 Android 10
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Network Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth 5.1
LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat 20 DL / Cat 13 UL
Wi-Fi 5 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz)
Bluetooth 5.0
LTE: 4x4 MIMO, Cat.18DL / Cat 5 UL
SIM Nano SIM + eSIM Nano SIM + eSIM
Network bands FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19,20,25, 26,28,29,30,38,39,40,41,42,46,48,66,71
WCDMA: 1,2,5,8
GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
FDD-LTE: 1,2,3,4,5,7,8,12,13,14,19 20,25,26,28,29,30,66
TD-LTE: 38,39,40,41,46
WCDMA: 1,2,5,8
GSM/GPRS: GSM-850, E-GSM-900, DCS-1800, PCS-1900
Display Single: 5.8 inches (1892x1344), 401 PPI, 4:3 aspect ratio
Dual: 8.3 inches (2688x1892), 401 PPI, 3:2 aspect ratio
AMOLED, HDR, 800 nits, 90Hz
Single: 5.6 inches (1800x1350), 401 PPI, 4:3 aspect ratio
Dual: 8.1 inches (2700x1800), 401 PPI, 3:2 aspect ratio
AMOLED
Memory 8GB 6GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB, 512GB 128GB, 256GB
Camera Front-facing: 12MP, ƒ/2.0, 24mm, 1.0um
Rear-facing wide: 12MP, ƒ/1.7, 27mm, 1.4um
Rear-facing telephoto: 12MP, ƒ/2.4, 51mm, 1.0um
Rear-facing ultra-wide: 16MP, ƒ/2.2, 13mm, 1.0um
11MP, ƒ/2.0, 1.0um, PDAF, 84.0° diagonal FOV
Audio Stereo speaker Mono speaker
Security Fingerprint reader Fingerprint reader
Ports USB-C 3.2 (Gen 2) USB-C 3.1
Battery 4,449mAh
Fast Charging
3,577mAh
Fast Charging
Dimensions Open: 145.2mm (H) x 184.5mm (W) x 5.5mm (T)
Closed: 145.2mm (H) x 92.1mm (W) x 11mm (T at hinge)
Open: 145.2mm (H) x 186.9mm (W) x 4.8mm (T)
Closed: 145.2mm (H) x 93.3mm (W) x 9.9mm (T at hinge)
Weight 284g 250g
Color Glacier
Obsidian
Glacier

Interestingly, Microsoft is also releasing a new "case" that snaps onto the front and supports magnets to store the Surface Slim Pen 2, and can also wirelessly charge it. The Surface Duo 2 is available in Glacier White, just like the first Surface Duo, but it can now also be had in a new Obsidian Black color.

Other improvements to the Surface Duo 2 include improvements to the overall fit and finish. The exterior glass now curves into the device around the edges, and the device is more robust thanks to a slight increase in thickness to 5.5mm on each side. Microsoft says this should address the USB-C cracking issue that the first generation Surface Duo suffered from.

It's clear that Microsoft has worked hard to make the Surface Duo 2 a better phone, so it should come as no surprise to hear that the Duo 2 finally supports NFC technology for wireless payments; a must have on any modern smartphone in 2021.

Surface Duo 2 is available for pre-order right now, and is expected to ship on October 21 in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, and Japan. U.S. pricing is as follows:

SKU Price
128GB $1,499.99
256GB $1,599.99
512GB $1,799.99

A real phone

Surface Duo 2

From $1,499 at Microsoft Store

Upgraded in almost every way

Surface Duo 2 is a major upgrade for the dual-screen form factor, featuring larger 90Hz displays that curve down the middle, the latest Snapgraon 888 processor with 5G, 8GB RAM, NFC and can even charge the Surface Slim Pen via an optional case accessory.

It's official, the Surface Laptop Studio replaces the Surface Book

Microsoft's new laptop is a 2-in-1 with a unique design.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft has announced a new form factor laptop dubbed "Surface Laptop Studio".
  • It's a replacement for the Surface Book and features a new 2-in-1 design.
  • It also has 120Hz display and a new Precision Haptic touchpad.
  • Pricing starts at $1,599 and begins shipping next month.

Microsoft has unveiled its next generation Surface laptop today, featuring a brand-new 2-in-1 design not yet seen on a Surface device before. Dubbed the "Surface Laptop Studio," this new laptop features a 14.4-inch display attached to a unique hinge that allows the display to be pulled forward and laid flat over the keyboard deck for drawing and inking.

The company says that the Surface Laptop Studio is being positioned as a replacement and successor to the Surface Book line, which likely means we won't be seeing another Surface Book with a detachable display again.

The Surface Laptop Studio features an 11th-Gen Intel Core i5-11300H or i7-11380H, which are a little more powerful than the Intel 11th-Gen chips found in the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8. The device can be configured with either 16GB or 32GB of RAM, up to 1TB storage, and can even wirelessly charge the new Surface Slim Pen 2, which is sold separately.

The new 14.4-inch display also has a high-refresh rate of 120hz, which will make using Windows 11 feel super smooth with all its new animations. Curiously, the new 14.4-inch display isn't as high of a resolution as that found on the Surface Book line. The device has two USB-C ports, both of which are Thunderbolt 4 enabled, a headphone jack, and the Surface Connect port for those who prefer Microsoft's magnetic charging port.

Category Surface Laptop Studio
OS Windows 11 Home
Windows 11 Pro
Windows 10 Pro
Processor 11th Gen Intel
Core i5-11300H
Core i7-11370H
RAM 16GB, 32GB
LPDDR4x
Graphics Iris Xe (i5)
NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti Laptop (i7)
NVIDIA RTX A2000 Laptop (i7, commercial)
Storage 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB SSD
Upgradeable
Display 14.4 inches
2400x1600
201 PPI
3:2 aspect ratio
Dolby Vision
Up to 120Hz
Touch
Ports Two Thunderbolt 4
3.5mm audio
Surface Connect
Audio Four Omnisonic speakers
Dolby Atmos
Two far-field mics
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6
Bluetooth 5.1
Camera Front-facing 1080p
IR camera
Keyboard Backlit
Touchpad Precision
Haptic
Pen Surface Slim Pen 2
(Not included)
Security IR camera
Firmware TMP (consumer)
Hardware TPM 2.0 (commercial)
BitLocker (commercial)
Battery Up to 19 hours (i5)
Up to 18 hours (i7)
Dimensions 12.7 x 9.0 x 0.7 inches
(322.6mm x 228.6mm x 17.8mm)
Weight i5: 3.83 pounds (1.7kg)
i7: 4.0 pounds (1.8kg)

Also new to the Surface Laptop Studio is a new "Precision Haptic" touchpad, which means the touchpad itself is static and no longer moves when clicked. Instead, special haptic engines underneath the touchpad vibrate to make it feel as if you're clicking down, similar to Apple's MacBook touchpads.

In the GPU department, Surface Laptop Studio is rocking Intel Iris Xe integrated graphics in the i5 model, and a more powerful NVIDIA RTX 3050 Ti in the i7 variants. Commercial customers can also configure the Surface Laptop Studio with an RTX A2000 if necessary.

Microsoft touts up to 19 hours of battery life, a huge jump from its other Surface products, though real-world testing will likely see that number come down a bit. Pricing for the Surface Laptop Studio begins at $1,599 and is expected to start shipping on October 5 in the United States and Canada, with pre-orders open now.

SKU Price
Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 128GB Storage, Iris Xe $1,599.99
Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage, Iris Xe $1,799.99
Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB Storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti $2,099.99
Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB Storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti $2,699.99
Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB Storage, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti $3,099.99

Surface Laptop Studio will ship in 47 additional markets in early 2022, though Microsoft is yet to specify which markets specifically. For now, what are your thoughts on Surface Laptop Studio? Let us know in the comments.

Bye-bye Book

Surface Laptop Studio

From $1,599 at Microsoft Store

The 2-in-1 gets weirder

Microsoft's new Surface Laptop Studio delivers an interesting take on the 2-in-1 form factor. Instead of being a tablet with a detachable keyboard, the display is no longer detachable and can instead be pulled forward and laid flat over the keyboard. It also has a new Precision Haptic touchpad, a 120Hz 14-inch display, and powerful Intel and NVIDIA chips.

The Windows Central Podcast is LIVE today talking all things Surface!

Live podcast!

The Windows Central Podcast with our Executive Editor, Daniel Rubino and Senior Editor, Zac Bowden will be LIVE on today, Wednesday September 22 at 1PM ET for a special episode focused entirely on the announcements coming out of Microsoft's hardware event, which takes place a couple hours before at 11AM ET.

We'll be talking all about the new hardware, from the Surface Duo 2 to the new Surface Book 4 (likely called Surface Laptop Studio.) We're expecting up to five new Surface devices to be announced, and that's not even including the accessories! So, there will be lots to talk about, and we'll have all the info you need.

The show will be LIVE on YouTube at 1PM ET on Wednesday. You can tune in via the embedded video above, or head to the Windows Central YouTube channel to catch us when the show goes live. If you miss the show, don't worry, as we'll be making available a video on demand version and an audio-only version that will be published on podcasting platforms.

Ask Windows Central episode 8 tackles our predictions for the Surface event

We answer more questions from you!

Welcome to the eighth episode of Ask Windows Central, a show where we answer our communities most asked questions around Microsoft, Windows, Surface, Xbox, and the general tech industry. This week's episode features just one question that we've been asked countless times over the last few weeks: What are your expectations for this week's Surface event?

If you have a question you'd like us to answer on the show, be sure to submit them in the comments below, or email [email protected] with "Ask Windows Central" in the subject line! You can also join the Windows Central Discord and ask questions in the dedicated #ask-wc channel.

If you're on Twitter, you can tweet your question with the #AskWindowsCentral tag included, and make sure you tag either @daniel_rubino or @zacbowden so we can see it.

If you have any feedback about the show format, please let us know. We're building this show around you, so if there's something you don't like or think we should change, we're all ears. We hope you enjoy the episode, and look forward to getting back to your questions in the next one.

Microsoft's Surface event is set for Sept 22 — here's what to expect

A new Pro, Duo, Book, and Go are on the agenda this fall.

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is holding a hardware event on September 22.
  • We're expecting up to five new Surface devices, and accessories.
  • Surface Pro 8, Surface Pro X, Surface Book, Surface Go, and Surface Duo are on the agenda for updates.

Microsoft has announced that its annual fall Surface hardware event will be taking place on September 22. This year, rumors suggest we're getting five new Surface devices, four of which are among the first PCs with Windows 11 out of the box.

Our sources say to expect updates to the Surface Duo, Surface Pro and Pro X, Surface Go, as well as an all-new flagship 2-in-1 Surface laptop design. Here's an overview of the new Surface devices being announced next week, with some obvious spoilers ahead.

Surface Duo 2 brings much-requested upgrades

Fan concept that depicts the new camera bump.

The next Surface Duo is under some serious pressure to deliver. After a rough launch with the Surface Duo 1, which shipped with outdated hardware and buggy software, Microsoft has focused on making Surface Duo 2 a better phone right out of the gate. According to my sources, Surface Duo 2 will feature a Snapdragon 888 processor with 5G capabilities, 8GB RAM, a new camera system, better displays, and NFC.

Surface Duo 2 has two 5.8-inch displays on the inside, up from 5.6-inches on the first Surface Duo. This allows Microsoft to thin out the bezels, though not by much. Microsoft has also very slightly curved the displays towards the hinge, allowing for glanceable information to appear down the spine when the device is closed.

The displays will also have a higher refresh rate, although we're unsure if that means 90Hz or 120Hz. Surface Duo 2 has a total of four cameras too; a selfie shooter on the inside above the right display, and a wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lens housed in the rear camera bump.

We're told the battery size has increased by roughly 800-900mAh to accommodate 5G and the higher-refresh rate displays. Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC are also present on the device, finally opening the Duo up to mobile payments. Unfortunately, I'm told that wireless charging is not present. We're expecting Microsoft to ship white and black models, with 128GB and 256GB storage configurations.

The Surface Duo is the only Surface device being announced at the event that doesn't ship with Windows 11. Instead, it will ship with Android 11 out of the box.

Changes headed to Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro X

Microsoft is also planning to unveil a new mainline Surface Pro device, likely dubbed the Surface Pro 8. I'm not expecting huge changes to this hardware, though we will see some external upgrades. The display is said to be bigger compared to that on the Surface Pro 7, likely closer to the 13-inch display size found on the Surface Pro X, with thinner bezels.

I'm also expecting Microsoft to upgrade the Surface Pro 8 with support for the Surface Pro X Type Covers, finally dropping the classic Type Cover connection that Microsoft has been using since the first generation Surface Pro. Of course, this also means the Surface Pro 8 will finally have "official" support for the Surface Slim Pen.

A report from The Verge also claims that at least one Surface Pro 8 model will ship with Thunderbolt support, which would be a first for Microsoft. The device is also said to ship with Intel 11th-generation chips, just like the Surface Pro 7+ released earlier this year.

Other features that will likely be new to the Surface Pro 8 include "wake on touch" and "wake on approach," two new Windows 11 functionalities that Microsoft will want to highlight with its new hardware. Overall, sources have said to expect "modest" changes to the Surface Pro 8.

Surface Pro X is also set for a refresh this fall, though don't expect any significant changes to its external design or SoC. This fall will likely consist of a support for the aforementioned Windows 11 hardware functionalities, and I've also heard that Microsoft is planning to sell a Wi-Fi-only model of the Surface Pro X for the first time.

Finally, Microsoft is reportedly testing a dynamic refresh rate up to 120Hz on the display for both the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro X. Whether or not this feature ships will depend on if Microsoft was able to maintain acceptable battery life in testing.

Surface Book 4 is the star of the show

Fan concept that depicts the new form factor design.

I've been hearing for a while now that Microsoft is planning to unveil a new flagship Surface "laptop" at this event. I'm told it'll feature a non-detachable 2-in-1 design, essentially combining the Surface Laptop with the Surface Pro form factor. The display can be pulled forward and laid flat over the keyboard deck for drawing or taking notes, similar to the HP Elite Folio.

I'm unsure whether Microsoft plans to call this device the "Surface Book 4" or if it'll ship under another name. Sources familiar with Microsoft's hardware plans have referred to this device as several different names, including Book 4, Laptop Pro, and Laptop Studio. For now, the name remains a mystery. This device will likely be the star of the show, as it's the only product with a new form factor and design within the Surface line that's being announced.

Other details include a larger trackpad compared to the Surface Book 3, a display size of around 14-inches with a dynamic refresh rate, and slim uniform bezels with rounded corners. The device has two USB-C ports, a Surface Connect port, and a headphone jack. I'm also told the device will ship with NVIDIA RTX graphics, though I am yet to hear of which series, specifically.

No word on what chips it will ship with, but given the new design, I'm hoping that that Microsoft will strive for more powerful 6 or 8-core chips to rival high-end devices like MacBook Pro and Dell XPS 15. I'm also unsure if any of the USB-C ports are Thunderbolt enabled.

Minor revisions to Surface Go 3

Microsoft's budget Surface Go is likely to remain very similar to the Surface Go 2, with only chip updates expected. Geekbench results have revealed that the Surface Go 3 will likely ship with an Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y in the low-end model and an Intel Core i3-10100Y in the higher-end LTE-enabled model.

I was told last year that Microsoft was playing with the idea of shipping a black Surface Go 2, though that never materialized. Perhaps we'll see a black Surface Go 3 ship instead.

More accessories to come...

We also expect Microsoft to announce a handful of new accessories, as with past events. A new Surface Pen with haptics tops the list, which Microsoft has announced will be required to leverage some Windows 11 pen features. I suspect the new pen takes on the same Slim Pen form factor that was introduced with the Surface Pro X.

We also expect Type Covers to be updated with the new Windows 11 logo on the Start key, and possibly new colors too. I'm unsure if we'll see a new pair of Surface Headphones or Surface Earbuds, though both products are severely overdue at this point.

What not to expect

As is the case every year, there's a couple of Surface PCs that won't be getting an update this fall. These include the Surface Studio, Surface Laptop, and Surface Laptop Go. We also likely won't be seeing the Surface Neo given the fact that the Intel Lakefield chip inside has since been discontinued by Intel.

What are your thoughts?

That's everything I'm told we will and won't be announced on September 22nd. Of course, Microsoft is sometimes able to keep a few things a surprise, so maybe we'll see some addition things that we haven't heard about yet. Either way, the event is slated to commence at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT, with coverage to follow on Windows Central. Let us know what you're most excited about in the comments below.

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