The Surface Pro 8 made its official entry into India on January 20, 2022. However, the initial announcement was made in September 2021. Microsoft has released a new 2-in-1 device that has a redesigned design, a quicker display that is nearly edge-to-edge, a more powerful chip, Thunderbolt 4 connectivity, and a battery life that can last for up to 16 hours.
This is in reference to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 computer. The Surface Pro 8 starts at Rs 1,04,499 in India. On February 15, 2022, it became available for purchase to customers.
Since 2014, not much has changed with the Surface Pro line, with the exception of a slight increase in screen size (from 11.6 to 12.3 inches) with the Surface Pro 4 and the introduction of USB Type-C with the Surface Pro 7.
Pro 8 may last up to 16 hours on a single charge, but that is only if you use it normally and set the brightness to 150 nits. Microsoft claims that the 24W adapter that comes with the device would charge it from 0% to 80% in just over an hour.
The product has since undergone a redesign. It features a new Slim Pen 2 that is kept in the keyboard and has a larger 13-inch screen with thin bezels. Additionally, rather than the more customary magnesium, it is built of aluminum. The Intel-powered Surface Pro finally has the impression of being a contemporary product. If you want to learn more about the Surface Pro 8, keep reading.
When viewed from the front, the Surface Pro 8 has a design that is quite similar to the Surface Pro X. Most likely; you couldn’t even distinguish between them.
It’s fascinating since Microsoft is actually beginning to combine these product lines into one “Surface Pro” family, as opposed to when the Pro X originally debuted. The Surface Pro 8 is the first-ever Surface Pro powered by Intel to be fashioned out of aluminium, which is one of the significant upgrades.
Every Surface Pro has been made of magnesium from the dawn of time. In actuality, that is the distinguishing feature of Surface products, and it can be found in Surface Book, Surface Studio, Surface RT, and Surface Go.
Aluminum was originally used in laptops, and it appears to be becoming increasingly popular.
From the front, the Surface Pro 8 resembles the Surface Pro X exactly. A 13-inch screen with a 3:2 aspect ratio, tiny size bezels, and larger top and bottom bezels are its main features.
It looks good. Since the bezels on earlier iterations of the product had shrunk so recently, they actually appeared to be so worn out even on the first day.
While the resolution (2,880 x 1,920) remains same, the refresh rate has changed to 120 Hz. Motions are more fluid and the experience is more enjoyable overall because to the faster refresh rate. Maximum brightness is around 450 nits, and contrast is 1,120:1, both of which are less than the Surface Laptop Studio.
One more noteworthy adjustment concerns the rear camera. The Pro 7’s 8Mp sensor has been upgraded to 10Mp, and 4K video recording is now supported. The 5Mp front-facing camera is still functional and works with Windows Hello face unlock.
Slim Pen 2
The brand-new Slim Pen 2 is the recommended pen to use with the Surface Pro 8, while you can also use any pen Microsoft has ever produced since the Pro 3 and a selection of third-party choices. However, the Slim Pen 2 is cool since it offers haptic feedback that simulates writing on real paper.
Someone who has worked with a large number of personal computers and a large number of pens believes that the Slim Pen 2 is a step forward in the industry. It appears much more organic. Another amusing feature is that you will notice the difference when the haptics cease responding as soon as you begin writing in a supported app and move the pen outside of the writing area.
In other areas as well, the internals have undergone various forms of improvement. The Pro 8 switches to the newest Tiger Lake CPUs from Intel, with customers able to choose between the Core i5-1135G7 and the Core i7-1185G7.
These were created using the Intel Evo Platform, the high-end portable PCs’ exclusive design category from the chip manufacturer. Commercial variants differ slightly, with the Core i5-1145G7 joined by the Core i7-1185G7 and entry-level i3-1115G4.
Having been introduced on January 11, 2022, the first two variants listed above are the only ones in the whole Pro 8 series that enable LTE connectivity.
The i5 and i7 versions upgrade to Iris Xe, whereas only the i3 variants employ UHD integrated graphics.
Additionally, you have a choice of 8, 16, or 32GB of DDR4x RAM. The removable SSD, which is a significant feature shared with the Surface Pro 7+, is available in 128GB and 256GB capacities across all configurations but is only accessible on Wi-Fi-enabled models.