Microsoft decided to go with the latest Intel 10th generation CPUs, codenamed Ice Lake
Microsoft has officially launched Surface Book 3. Not many things have changed for the device in terms of appearance, but the internal circulation is where the difference is. This new addition to the Surface family was officially unveiled along with the Surface Go 2 today. And the detachable laptop finally got the delayed refresh.
Microsoft decided to go with the latest Intel 10th generation CPUs, codenamed Ice Lake. There were rumors that the company might choose Comet Lake processors. Both are 10th generation processors, but Ice Lake is done in a 10nm process, while Comet Lake is 14nm.
As for the CPU options, we have the Core i5-1035G7 and Core i7-1065G7 available. The Core i5 models do not offer dedicated graphics, while the 15-inch version of the Surface Book 3 only comes with the Core i7.
The GPU also got a real look. The 13.5-inch model gives you the 4GB Max-Q version of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650, while the 15-inch model comes with a 6GB GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q.
On the screen side, we have a 3000×2000 screen in the 13.5-inch model, while the 15-inch offers a resolution of 3240×2160 pixels.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 Specs
|Surface Book 3 13.5-inch||Surface Book 3 15-inch|
|Display||13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000 PixelSense with 10-point multi-touch||15-inch, 3240 x 2160 PixelSense with 10 point multi-touch|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1035G7 or Core i7-1065G7||Intel 10th Gen Core i7-1065G7|
|RAM||8GB/16GB/32GB 3733Mhz LPDDR4x||16/32GB 3733Mhz LPDDR4x|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus or Nvidia GeForce 1650 Max-Q||Nvidia GeForce 1660 Ti Max-Q or Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q|
|Ports||2 USB Type-A, 1 USB-C, 2 Surface Connect ports, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack, 2 Surface Connect||2 USB Type-A, 1 USB-C, 2 Surface Connect ports, 3.5mm headphone/mic jack, 2 Surface Connect|
|Size||Core i5: 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.51-0.90-inches, |
Core i7: 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.59-0.90 inches
|13.5 x 9.87 x 0.57-0.90 inches|
|Weight||Core i5: 3.38 lbs total, 1.59 lbs tablet|
Core i7: 3.62 lbs total, 1.59 lbs tablet
|4.2 lbs total, 1.8 lbs tablet|
Microsoft also claims that the Surface Book 3 has the best lifespan of any device it has ever made. Battery life is estimated at 17.5 hours on the 15-inch model and 15.5 hours on the 13.5-inch version.
All of these improvements will mean that the starting price of Surface Book 3 is slightly higher and goes up to $1,599. It will be available starting May 21st.