Microsoft Surface Book 3 has been announced with 10th Gen Intel Core i5/i7 processor, which can be found in either 13.5-inch and 15-inch models along with an option for either NVIDIA GeForce GTX or Quadro RTX GPUs.
Surface Book 3 is the most high-profile device among Microsoft’s latest Surface lineup, which includes two new laptop/tablet combos, new headphones, earbuds, USB-C desktop dock, and some new keyboard bundles.
But one thing is certain, and that is the design of the new Surface Book 3, it is just an iteration. Because the design still remains the same as its predecessor, Surface Book 2.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 Specs
*. Display: 13.5-inch (3000 x 2000 pixels) or 15-inch (3240 x 2160 pixels) PixelSense Display
*. Back camera: 8-megapixels rear autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
*. Front camera: 5-megapixels selfie camera with 1080p HD video
*. Processor: Quad-core 10th gen Intel Core i5-1035G7 with Intel Iris Plus Graphics
*. RAM: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB 3733Mhz LPDDR4x RAM
*. Storage: 256GB, 512GB, 1TB or 2TB PCIe SSD
*. Sensor: Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Magnetometer.
*. Connectivity: 3.5mm headphone jack, 2 x USB-A (version 3.1 Gen 2), 1 x USB-C (version 3.1 Gen 2 with USB Power Delivery revision 3.0), Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.0, Xbox Wireless built-in (15” only)
*. Battery: Up to 15.5 hours for 13.5″ and Up to 17.5 hours for 15″
We might be lacking some new design, but the internal software is entirely different from the predecessor, and the advanced upgrade is worth the cost. The Surface Book 3 will ship with Intel’s latest 10th Gen processors.
While the base 13.5-inch model comes with a quad-core Core i5 with Intel’s built-in Iris Plus graphics, but you can upgrade to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q model. And the 15-inch version uses a QUAD-core Core i7 processor and ships with a 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti or businesses can upgrade to a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU.
In simple talks, a Quad-core 10th gen is inside the two option, Intel Core i5-1035G7 with Intel Iris Plus Graphics on the 13.5 model, and Core i7-1065G7 with 4GB GDDR5 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 with Max-Q Design on the 15-inch model.
You can find the device in either 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB 3733Mhz LPDDR4x RAM, and 256GB, 512GB, with Microsoft’s fastest SSD Microsoft has ever shipped, an M.2 2280 in the 1TB and 2TB models.
Microsoft boasts that the new 10th Generation i5 / i7 processors provide up to 50% more performance than Surface Book 2. Though the Apple MacBook Pro uses 45W chips, while the new Core i7-1065G7 uses the 15W Intel processors.
It comes with HW TPM 2.0 chip for security, 3.5mm headphone jack, Dual far-field Studio Mics, and stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos at the front. It carries 5MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear autofocus camera with a 1080p HD video.
In its latest Surface Book 3, Microsoft added some tweaks to make it look more like a gaming laptop. But it is nothing like advertised unless you are looking for a removable touchscreen that also includes stylus support.
Microsoft is using Windows 10’s Game Mode to optimize thermals and power to tune for gaming performance, which will reduce the fan when you are playing action games.
In order to enhance the battery capacity for better gaming performance, Microsoft added up to 15.5 hours for 13.5″inches and up to 17.5 hours for the 15″ inches with an upgrade to a 127W from the 102W charger.
There’s still no Thunderbolt 3 support, but it comes with two USB-A ports, a single USB-C port with USB Power Delivery 3.0 support, a full-size UHS-II SD card reader, and a Surface Connect port.
Along with the announcement, Microsoft also launched a $260 USB-C desktop dock, called Surface Dock 2 that doesn’t only complete with fast charging but support two 4K monitors at 60Hz thanks to higher DisplayPort bit rates. It comes with four USB-C port.
Other feature is the Full-size, backlit keyboard with 1.55mm of full key travel Glass trackpad with anti-fingerprint coating and improved multi-finger gestures. Sensors include Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Accelerometer, and Magnetometer.
For pricing, the Microsoft Surface Book 3 costs $1599 for the 13.5-inch with quad-core Core i5 model and Intel’s built-in Iris Plus graphics. While the 13.5-inch model with an option to upgrade to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q model starts at $1,999.
For the other screen size, the 15-inch version is priced at $2,299 with a quad-core Core i7 processor, and Nvidia GTX 1660Ti. While the 15-inch model that businesses can upgrade to a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU starts at $3,499.
Microsoft Surface Dock 2 is priced at $259.99 and will be available for purchase starting from May 26th. Both devices will be available starting from May 21 in the US, while for other markets,, Microsoft confirmed that it will come “in the weeks to follow”.
The company said that anyone who buys from a Microsoft store will have a 60-day return window, free shipping, and access to on-demand and live training.