Microsoft as we speak unveiled the Surface Book 3, its “most powerful laptop ever.” The firm guarantees “up to 50% more performance” over the Surface Book 2 launched 2.5 years in the past. Battery life lasts as much as 17.5 hours, a minor bump in comparison with its predecessors’ 17 hours. Starting at $1,599, it’s additionally $100 costlier than the Surface Book 2. Both 13-inch and 15-inch flavors can be found for preorder now and begin transport on May 21.

Surface Book Three is powered by the newest Intel 10th-generation Core CPUs and Nvidia discrete GPUs. There are Nvidia GeForce GPU choices “with enough power to play the top Xbox Game Pass for PC titles at 1080p in a smooth 60 frames per second.” There’s additionally a brand new possibility: an Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 “to better meet the needs of commercial customers and higher education institutions.” Developers, designers, and professionals use the Surface Book for coding, compiling, and gaming. Microsoft desires to broaden that checklist — Quadro graphics playing cards are higher suited to functions like CAD, CGI, DCC, scientific calculations, and machine studying. Surface Book Three additionally comes with as much as 32GB of RAM and “the fastest SSD we have ever shipped,” Microsoft says.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we sadly can’t watch Panos Panay, head of engineering for all of Microsoft’s units, take the stage and wax poetic about why you want this laptop computer. But Panay did clarify this week that the pandemic has precipitated Microsoft to drag again on Windows 10X, a brand new taste of Windows 10 designed for dual-screen PCs. Microsoft has pivoted Windows 10X towards single-screen units, a minimum of for now, with dual-screen units coming later. We requested Microsoft whether or not the Surface Book Three will get Windows 10X later this yr, however the firm didn’t reply in time for publication.

Surface Book Three specs

Again, this launch lacks Panay’s pleasure. Here is how he describes the Surface Book Three in a single sentence: “Designed for professionals who need desktop-level performance from anywhere, this is the powerhouse workstation.” It’s simply not the identical. On to the total Surface Book Three specs.

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Microsoft unveils Surface Book 3, ships May 21 starting at $1,599

13.5-inch:

  • Display: 3000 x 2000 (267 PPI), 1600:1 distinction ratio, 10 level multi-touch
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-1035G7 or i7-1065G7
  • Memory: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB 3733Mhz LPDDR4x
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Plus Graphics or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650
  • Storage: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB PCIe SSD
  • Dimensions: 12.3″ x 9.14″ x 0.51″-0.90″ for i5, 2.3″ x 9.14″ x 0.59″-0.90″ for i7
  • Weight: 1534g (3.38lbs) for i5, 642g (3.62lbs) for i7
  • Power Supply: 65W for i5, 102W for i7
  • Battery life: Up to 15.5 hours

15-inch:

  • Display: 3240 x 2160 (260 PPI), 1600:1 distinction ratio, 10 level multi-touch
  • CPU: Intel i7-1065G7
  • Memory: 16GB or 32GB 3733Mhz LPDDR4x
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
  • Storage: 56GB, 512GB, 1TB, or 2TB PCIe SSD
  • Dimensions: 13.5″ x 9.87″ x 0.568-0.90″
  • Weight: 1905g (4.20lbs)
  • Power Supply: 127W
  • Battery life: Up to 17.5 hours

The remainder of the specs are the identical throughout each:

  • OS: 64-bit Windows 10
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 6: 802.11ax appropriate, Bluetooth Wireless 5.0, Xbox Wireless built-in (15″ solely)
  • Ports: Two USB-A (model 3.1 Gen 2), One USB-C (model 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0), 3.5mm headphone jack, Two Surface Connect ports, Full-size SDXC card reader
  • Security: HW TPM 2.Zero chip for enterprise safety, Windows Hello face sign-in
  • Sensors: Ambient gentle sensor, proximity sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
  • Cameras: 5MP front-facing with 1080p HD video, 8MP rear-facing autofocus with 1080p HD video
  • Audio: Dual far-field Studio Mics, front-facing stereo audio system with Dolby Atmos
  • Keyboard and Trackpad: Full dimension backlit keyboard with 1.55mm of full key journey, glass trackpad with anti-fingerprint coating and improved multi-finger gestures
  • Modes: Laptop Mode, Tablet Mode, View Mode, or Studio Mode

Microsoft as we speak additionally introduced that the Surface Go 2, Surface Headphones 2, and Surface Earbuds ship on May 12.