During its recent Surface event, Microsoft launched the largest upgrade of its flagship Intel-powered Surface Pro lineup in years: the Surface Pro 8. The new 2-in-1 machine boasts a 120Hz display, Thunderbolt 4 support, and new processors, but all of those improvements come at a cost — literally. Whereas the Surface Pro 7 starts at $549.99, the Surface Pro 8 starts at $1,099.99, meaning it’s nearly double the price. And that’s also before you factor in the cost of Microsoft’s new stylus and detachable keyboard, two add-ons that are more like necessities if you intend to use the 2-in-1 as advertised.
With all that said, is it worth upgrading or picking up the Pro 8 over the last-gen model when it launches on October 5th? To help make your decision a little easier, we’ve put together the comparison below based on specs and our initial impressions of the Surface Pro 8.
What’s improved on the Surface Pro 8?
Two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports
You can double the refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz
11th-gen Intel quad-core Core CPUs, starting with i5 instead of i3
10MP rear-facing camera, with 1080p and 4K video
Larger, 13-inch display with higher 2880 x 1920 resolution (up from 12.3-inch)
Double the RAM on the base model (8GB)
Microsoft says the battery should last up to 16 hours
New sensor that adjusts the display temperature based on ambient lighting
LTE support for enterprise users
Preloaded with Windows 11