Microsoft today announced the Surface Pro 8, bringing a much-needed redesign for the device in the form of a new high-refresh-rate display that is larger, a new Signature keyboard that houses a new pen just like the Surface Pro X, new internals in the form of Intel's 11th-gen chips, and support for Thunderbolt 4.
Just like the Pro X, the new display is 13-inches diagonally, thanks to smaller bezels, and adds what the firm calls Adaptive Color Technology that helps tweak the color temperature based on ambient light - similar to a TrueTone display. The display also sports a dynamic refresh rate, thanks to the feature added to Windows 11, with the panel capable of refresh rates of 120Hz.
Additionally, the display supports the firm's new Slim Pen 2, a new stylus that features haptic feedback to simulate writing on a piece of paper. The Slim Pen is housed in the new Signature keyboard, just like that on the Pro X, where it can charge wirelessly. The firm is also touting improvements in latency due to the dedicated G6 chipset, custom-built silicon that replaces the G5 chipset in the previous-gen devices.
In terms of internals, the firm is equipping the Pro 8 with Intel's 11th-gen Tiger Lake chips with Intel Evo certification, promising up to 16 hours of battery life. The 2-in-1 can also be had with up to 32GB of RAM. What the Pro 8 finally also adds is support for Thunderbolt 4, bringing the full capability of the port to the device. The device sports two Thunderbolt ports along with the propriety Surface Connect port, bringing the best of both worlds. There are, however, no USB-A ports.
The Pro 8 ships with Windows 11 on October 5, and it can be pre-ordered today. There is no word yet on pricing yet, though.