The new Surface Book 3 at 13.5 inches and 15 inches were both announced today, replacing the Surface Book 2 that was launched in the fall 2017. Surface Book 3 will be released on May 21, with prices starting at $1599 for the smallest and $2299 for the largest.
Microsoft Store: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-book-3/
The cost is mainly based upon the three factors, like the size of these 2-in-1 tablets, then several premium components like the high-precision all-glass trackpad for this high-end tablet market, and finally the cost of the main hardware like the processor, RAM, GPU and storage.
Microsoft Surface Book 13.5 features options of the quad-core 10th gen. Intel Core i5-1035G7 processor with Intel Iris Plus Graphics GPU, or the quad-core 10th gen. Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q Design w/ 4GB GDDR5 GPU, and options of 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM (at 3733 MHz).
The new storage are PCIe SSD storage units with capacity options of 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. The 13.5-inch screen features the same pleasant PixelSense Display as before with a 3000 x 2000 resolution display.
Microsoft Surface Book 15 is powered by the quad-core 10th gen. Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor, where the options are on the GPU. Choices are between the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 with Max-Q Design w/ 6GB GDDR6 GPU, or the Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 with Max-Q Design w/ 6GB GDDR6 GPU.
RAM options are between 16GB, or 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM (at 3733 MHz), and the storage options goes even higher, with the choice between 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB of PCIe SSD storage.
The 15-inch screen also features the same pleasant PixelSense Display as before with a 3240 x 2160 resolution display.
Surface Book 3 battery life is still long, with up to 15.5 hours of battery life on the 13.5-inch, and 17.5 hours on the 15-inch, when they are connected to the keyboard. It’s measured like that, because both the tablet and the keyboard have batteries in them that powers each other. After all, you need a little weight in the keyboard to hold the screen up.
The weight is 719 grams for the 13.5-inch tablet, and 1534 with the keyboard. Then 817 grams for the 15-inch tablet, and 1905 grams with the keyboard attached.
In addition to these upgrades, the Surface Book 3 has been modernization in other areas too.
We now have full dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax Wi-Fi 6 cover, Bluetooth 5.0, even Xbox Wireless on the 15-inch, dual far-field studio mics, 2x full-size USB-A (3.1 Gen 2) ports, 1x USB-C (3.1 Gen 2 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0), 2x Surface Connect ports, a full-size SDXC card reader, and a 3.5mm audio combo jack.
Extra security features are HW TPM 2.0 and a enterprise-grade Windows Hello facial recognition to sign in with. The cameras are a 5MP front camera, and a 8MP rear camera. The front-facing stereo speakers features Dolby Atmos.
Tablet sensors on the new Surface Book 3 includes both an ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyro, and a magnetometer.
The glass trackpad has anti-fingerprint coating and now has improved multi-finger gesture support too, and the keyboard is backlit. The power supply is new too, with 65W and 102W power supplies for the 13.5-inch, and a 127W power supply for the 15-inch.
Surface Book 3 comes with the keyboard included, and it’s compatible with the Surface Pen and the Surface Dial too.
In terms of speed and power, the Surface Pro 7 and iPad Pros are the only tablets that comes close to the new Surface Book 3. There are potential customers who would have wanted even faster processors, so let’s see if Microsoft adds that option later one. But that would be costly, and most Surface Book users are not looking for that sort of power in this type of device.
– Tom Bowen