Summary – Microsoft unveiled its newest Surface Pro 8 device at its Sept. 22 event, and it’s now available to buy starting at $1,500 AUD. The Surface Pro 8 is the latest tablet from Microsoft. Like its predecessors, it comes in two main versions: a standard model that runs Windows 10 S and a Home version that runs Windows 10 Pro. Both tablets have 10.6-inch screens with a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels. The newer model has a larger display, a new processor, and more, but depending on your needs, the older model may still be best for you.

WHAT’S IMPROVED ON THE SURFACE PRO 8?

  • Two USB-C ports with compact and versatile adapter features
  • Intel 11th-gen quad-core Core CPUs, starting with i5 instead of i3
  • The larger, 13-inch display on the Surface Pro 8 has a higher resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels.10MP rear-facing camera, with 1080p and 4K video
  • On the base model, you get 8GB of RAM. Upgrade to a higher-end model and you can double that.
  • A new sensor that adjusts display temperature based on ambient lighting is being developed.
  • The enterprise version of the Surface has been given LTE support.
  • This Surface Pro 8 comes preloaded with Windows 11.
  • Microsoft promises that the battery will keep the Surface running for up to 16 hours

Specifications: Surface Pro 8 vs Surface Pro 7

  SpecSurface Pro 8Surface Pro 7
Display13-inch touchscreen (2880 x 1920 pixels)12.3-inch touchscreen (2736 x 1824 pixels)
CPU11th Gen Intel Core i5-i710th Gen Intel Core i3-i7
RAM8-32 GB4-16 GB
Storage128-256 GB (LTE), 128 GB – 1TB (Wi-fi only)128 GB-1 TB SSD
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe GraphicsIntel UHD or Iris Plus
Cameras5 MP front-facing camera (1080p video), 10 MP rear camera (1080p/4K video)5 MP front-facing camera (1080p video), 8 MP rear camera (1080p video)
Weight1.96 pounds1.6 pounds
Size11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37 inches11.5 x 7.9 x 0.33 inches

 

Also Read: Comparison: Surface Pro 7 vs. Surface Pro (5th Gen)

Detail Comparison:

Performance Comparison: Surface Pro 8 vs Surface Pro 7:

The Surface Pro 7 was really impressive in 2019, and in our lab tests, the 10th Gen. Intel Core i5-powered model with 8 GB of RAM competed favorably with the iPad Pro and contemporary 2-in-1 laptops.

The new Surface Pro 8 delivers even faster performance. The Surface Pro 8 showed great performance during our video transcoding test, finishing in a little over two minutes. The Surface Pro 8 with an Intel Core i7-1185G7 CPU and 16GB of RAM was able to complete our video transcoding test in Handbrake.

Display Comparison: Surface Pro 8 vs Surface Pro 7:

The Surface Pro 8 display is 10% larger than its predecessor, up to 13 inches diagonally from the 12.3 inches of the Surface Pro 7. The resolution has been bumped up as well, to 2880 x 1920 pixels.

Cameras Comparison: Surface Pro 8 vs Surface Pro 7:

The Surface Pro 8 has better cameras than the Surface Pro 7, but both devices only have 5 MP selfie cameras that can capture video in up to 1080p. Both models also support Windows Hello, so you can log in to Windows 11 with your face.

The selfie camera on the back of the Pro 8 is also more powerful than on the Pro 7, according to reports. It has 10 MP, the same as some of our favorite front-facing cameras.

So if you like using your tablet as a camera, the Pro 8 has an edge here. But for most people, that’s not a priority, and we think the Pro 7 will still serve you well.

Design Comparison: Surface Pro 8 vs Surface Pro 7

Microsoft has refreshed the design of the Surface Pro 8 in some subtle but significant ways. It’s roughly the same size (just 0.4 inches taller) and about half a pound heavier (but it is now equipped with a 13-inch display,

The Pro 8’s design is a clear improvement over the Pro 7’s: it has rounded, flat edges like its predecessor and also comes with a built-in kickstand and detachable keyboard.

Battery life Comparison: Surface Pro 8 vs Surface Pro 7:

The Surface Pro 8 lasted nearly 12 hours in our battery test, which is about double the old Pro 7. Microsoft claims the Pro 8 can last up to 16 hours, so we expect it to outlast the old Pro 7 by a decent margin.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 only lasted 7 hours and 52 minutes on Tom’s Guide Battery Test (web surfing over Wi-Fi at 150 nits). The Surface Pro 8 improves at that time, logging 9:07 on our battery test.

Conclusion:

Overall, the Surface Pro 8 appears to be a minor but meaningful improvement over the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Pro 7 Plus — and across the board at that. It’s nice to see Microsoft bumping the entry-level RAM allotment up from

If you’re already a Microsoft Surface Pro user, the Pro 8 model doesn’t seem worth upgrading to unless you’re starting to notice a significant slowdown. If you just need a Windows tablet for work, the Pro 7 model should still be more than enough.

Also Read: New Surface Firmware Updates Released by Microsoft: A blog about the firmware updates for the Surface devices

If you’re having issues with your current surface and want to take advantage of the performance in the new model, it makes sense to upgrade. It delivers the performance you need to get your work done quickly and easily.

Also Read: Things To Consider When Buying A Microsoft Surface

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