Microsoft Surface Pro 8 or 7: All the differences at a glance

Das Convertible Microsoft Surface Pro 8
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Microsoft has released a current model of the Surface Pro series to coincide with the Windows 11 launch. The eighth generation of mobile convertibles builds on the technology of its predecessors and brings noticeable improvements.

At SATURN everyone can Variants of the Surface family pre-order and will be sent in time for the official release. In the following overview, we will show you what innovations you can expect with the Microsoft Surface Pro 8.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8: Display with new features

The most noticeable innovations are in the design: The new Surface Pro 8 has a display diagonal of 13 inches (Surface Pro 7: 12.3 inches), but the case remains handy and light thanks to its narrower frame. In line with the new screen size, the resolution of the new convertible has also been upgraded to 2,880 x 1,920 pixels and thus retains the usual sharp pixel density of 267 PPI (pixels per inch) of the predecessor.

The well thought-out features of the new display allow more fluid and clearer playback of media.
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In addition, the new screen enables content to be played back in 120 Hertz and significantly improves the viewing experience compared to the 60 Hz display of the Surface Pro 7. With the help of Dolby Vision, a feature reserved for the Surface Pro 8, the reproduction of media content is crystal clear and true to color.

Another new feature is an ambient light sensor installed next to the Full HD front camera. This allows the Surface Pro 8 to dynamically adjust the screen brightness and thus react to changes in the effects of light. This not only saves the eyes but also the battery.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 8: More power, better battery

The inner workings of the Surface Pro 8 are also much more powerful than the Surface Pro 7. For example, an Intel i5 of the current generation (Tiger Lake) is already installed in the base model of the new convertible, which has four instead of two cores as in the entry-level version of the Surface Pro 7 can come up. Both models can be upgraded to an Intel Core i7, although the more modern CPU architecture is also used here in the Surface Pro 8.

Both the Pro 8 and the two-year-older model have 8 gigabytes of RAM in the basic version to support the computing power – while the seventh generation of the Surface Pro can only be expanded to up to 16 gigabytes, the current version, on the other hand, can accommodate variants with up to 32 GB of RAM can be purchased.

The internal memory in the entry-level version is limited to a 128 gigabyte SSD module. In contrast to the Surface Pro 7, in which the capacity can be adjusted up to a maximum of 256 GB, the new model allows a configuration of up to 512 gigabytes.

The components in the Surface Pro 8 provide a significant performance boost.
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Intel’s Iris-Xe unit is used as the internal graphics solution in the Surface Pro 8, which thanks to the smaller manufacturing structure compared to the Intel Iris Plus, which is built into the Pro 7, enables significantly lower power consumption with better performance. The two stereo speakers also promise better playback of audio content, they are now equipped with the Dolby Atmos feature and can thus play even more immersive sound.

The Surface Pro 8 also uses the latest standards in terms of connectivity: The USB-A ports known from the previous model are completely eliminated and are being replaced by Thunderbolt 4 ports, which, in addition to faster data transfer, also offer the option of displaying displays with up to 8K resolution to be connected. The upgrade of the components does not affect the battery performance – on the contrary: The new architectures allow the Surface Pro 8 to improve the runtime to up to 16 hours with a full battery charge, while the previous model manages up to 10.5 hours.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 8: Improved pen input and keyboard

The optional Slim Pen 2 stylus has also been upgraded. The Microsoft G6 chip, specially designed for the pen, ensures a much more realistic feel and character input. There are also new forms of feedback on the hardware side – for example, in Microsoft Word, the Slim Pen 2 can signal to the user with a slight vibration that a word has been deleted.

The new Surface Pro Signature Keyboard, on the other hand, relies on the tried and tested and still offers rock-solid key feedback and optionally has a fingerprint sensor installed in order to be able to secure the Surface Pro 8 in accordance with current standards. The new option is to be able to charge the Slim Pen 2 above the function bar.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 8 vs. Pro 7 – All data in comparison

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Components Surface Pro 8 Surface Pro 7
Display size and resolution 13 inches, 120 Hz, 2,880 x 1,920 pixels 12.3 inches, 60 Hz, 2,736 x 1,824 pixels
processor Intel Core i5-1135G7 (4x 4.2 GHz) / Core i7-1185G7 (4x 4.8 GHz) Core i3-1005G1 (2x 3.4 GHz) / Core i5-1035G4 (4x 3.7 GHz) / Core i7-1065G7 (4x 3.9 GHz)
random access memory 8/16/32 GB RAM 8/16 GB RAM
Internal memory 128/256/512 GB SSD 128/256 GB SSD
Graphics unit Intel Iris Xe Intel UHD Graphics / Intel Iris Plus
Camera resolution Front: 5 MP, back: 10 MP Front: 5 MP, back: 8 MP
Battery capacity Up to 16 hours Up to 10.5 hours
connections 2x Thunderbolt 4, Surface Connect, 3.5mm-Klinke USB-C 3.1, USB-A, Surface Connect, 3.5mm-Klinke, microSD-Kartenleser
operating system Windows 11 Home Windows 10 Home
links Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1 Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0

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