While still one of the best Windows tablets on the market, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 was in dire need of an upgrade, as we concluded in our review of the series. Thankfully, Microsoft have been working on an update behind closed curtains, and this late-2021 Surface Pro 8 update addresses most of our complaints with the previous generation.
In just a few words, the Surface Pro 8 now offers a slightly larger 13″ display with a 120Hz panel, an updated pen that can be holstered inside the keyboard folio, more powerful hardware specs with a redesigned internal thermal model, and, at last, USB-C Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.
The premium construction and overall feeling of the Pro 8 hasn’t changed, this now being closer in design to the Surface Pro X lineup. It’s still roughly the same format as the Pro 7 and marginally thicker, as well as heavier at .89 of a kilo compared to the .79 kg of the Pro 7.
Here’s a more detailed specs sheet of the two, before we continue discussing this new updated Surface Pro model.
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 specs sheet, vs Pro 7
|Surface Pro 8||Surface Pro 7|
|Screen||13 inch, 2880 x 1920 px resolution (3:2 aspect ratio), up to 120 Hz refresh rate, IPS, touch, 450 nits||13 inch, 2880 x 1920 px resolution (3:2 aspect ratio), up to 120 Hz refresh rate, IPS, touch, 450 nits|
|Chipset||Intel Tiger Lake Core i5-1135G7 or i7-1185G7, 4C/8T||Intel Ice Lake Core i3-10051G, i5-1035G4 or i7-1065G7, 4C/8T|
|Memory||up to 32 GB LPDDR4X-4266 (soldered, dual-channel)||up to 16 GB LPDDR4X-2667 (soldered, dual-channel)|
|Storage||up to 1 GB SSD (upgradeable)||up to 512 GB SSD (upgradeable)|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6 AX with Bluetooth 5.1||WiFi 6 AX with Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||2x USB-C with UBS4.0/Thunderbolt 4, 1x Surface Connect port, 1x Surface Keyboard connector, 3.5 mm audio jack||1x USB-C gen1,1x USB-A gen1, 1x Surface Connect port, 1x Surface Keyboard connector, microSD card reader, 3.5 mm audio jack|
|Battery||51.5 Wh, 65 W USB-C charger||45 Wh, 65 W USB-C charger|
|Size||287 mm or 11.3” (w) x 208 mm or 8.2” (d) x 9.3 mm or 0.28” (h)||292 mm or 11.5” (w) x 201 mm or 7.9” (d) x 8.5 mm or 0.33” (h)|
|Weight||~.89 kg / 1.96 lbs (without the Type Cover)||~.775 kg / 1.7 lbs for fanless i3/i5 models (without the Type Cover)
~.79 kg / 1.74 lbs for fan-cooled i7 models (without the Type Cover)
|Price||from $1099 (US)||from $1099 (US)|
|Others||5 MPx front-camera with Windows Hello, 10 MPx rear camera, stereo 2W speakers with Dolby Atmos, available in Graphite or Platinum||5 MPx front-camera with Windows Hello, 8 MPx rear camera, stereo 1.6W speakers with Dolby Audio, available in Matte Black or Platinum|