Microsoft today unveiled the Surface Book 3 along with its updated Surface Laptop and Headphone line.
While being a 2-in-1 notebook, the ‘most powerful laptop ever’ from Microsoft is intended for professionals in need of desktop-level output on the go.
The new 2020 update comes in 13-inch and 15-inch models, and impressive sports specifications with Intel’s 10th-Generation processor and Nvidia’s graphics card models, the latter going all the way up to the highly powerful Quado RTX 3000.
The Surface Book 3 immediately slots into Microsoft’s family of PCs as the top end notebook. It is almost similar in nature to its predecessor: it still has a ridged “fulcrum” hinge that, when closed, leaves a small gap above the keyboard; it is still available with a 13.5- or 15-inch display; and that display can still fully detach itself from the rest of the laptop and function as a giant Windows tablet. The latest versions have almost the same dimensions (23 mm thick in laptop mode), and the display resolutions are also good and crisp (30002000 for the 13.5-inch model, 3240 entre 160 for the 15-inch model). There are no noticeable improvements to the keyboard, either, which is largely a positive thing.
What’s new is that internals are modified. The Surface Book 3 now comes with 10th-gen Core chips from Intel — the Ice Lake 10 nm chips, not the less powerful Comet Lake CPUs based on Intel’s older 14 nm design. You get the option of either a quad-core Core i5-1035G7 or a quad-core Core i7-1065G7 with the 13.5-inch edition, while the default 15-inch Surface Book 3 comes with the latter. Unlike Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 3 ultrabook, AMD chips don’t have configurations here. But now you can combine those Intel processors with up to 32 GB of LPDDR4x RAM, a step up from the Surface Book 2’s default 16 GB LPDDR3. The 15-inch model comes standard with 16 GB of RAM.
Battery life is now rated at 15.5 hours for the 13.5-inch model and 17.5 hours for the 15-inch model.
The 13.5-inch Surface Book 3 base starts at $1,599.99 and scales up to $2,699, while the 15-incher begins at $2,299.99, which can be upgraded to a $3,399.99 model with a 2 TB SSD. It will start shipping on May 21.