revealed Microsoft during last week’s hardware event announced the Surface Pro 8, which is the latest in its Surface series of computers.
The new computer comes with the biggest upgrade this series has seen in several years, so do you have to upgrade to this model, especially with its high cost?
Comparison of Surface Pro 8 and Pro 7 and which one is better for you
The Surface Pro 8 comes with a redesign that is considered the best since the fourth generation that was launched in 2014. The new model comes with smaller bezels on the sides, making it better in landscape mode than before.
The Surface Pro 8 is the first stylus to redesign a keyboard connector, and that means you need the new Signature Keyboard, which is important because it includes magnetic storage and charging for the redesigned Slim Pen 2.
The new model also comes with the much-awaited feature of two USB C ports with Thunderbolt 4 support.
This means that you can connect external monitors to the computer and turn it into a gaming PC when playing.
The computer still supports the Surface Connect port so you can continue to use the Surface Dock if you have one, and a 3.5mm headphone jack and two stereo speakers are on each side of the screen.
The screen of the Surface Pro 8 is much better than the previous model, and the new model comes with a 13-inch screen with a resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixelsNS.
It supports a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, which improves scrolling and makes using the pen easier in addition to playing games.
The computer supports the latest version of Pro Dolby Vision and is the first computer with an ambient color sensor.
It automatically adjusts screen color temperature and brightness based on ambient light conditions.
While the Surface Pro 7 comes with a 12.3-inch screen with a resolution of 2736 x 1824 pixels and supports a refresh rate of up to 60 Hz.
The two models share 267 pixels per inch, yet the Pro 8’s screen is better for multitasking.
Both devices have a 5MP front-facing webcam with 1080p resolution.
But the most notable upgrade is in the rear cameras, as the new model comes with a 10-megapixel rear camera capable of recording 4K video.
While the Surface Pro 7 comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p resolution.
Both devices have dual field microphones which should make for a great audio recording experience on both.
Specifications and battery life
The Surface Pro 8 comes in two choices of an 11th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 quad-core processor, with RAM starting from 8GB and up to 32GB. And four storage options, starting from 128 and up to 1 TB of SSD type.
The Pro 7 model comes with three options of a 10th generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 dual-core processor. And RAM starts from 4 GB and goes up to 32 GB. And four internal storage capacities starting from 128 GB and up to 1 TB.
Overall, Microsoft says the Surface Pro 8 shows a 40 percent improvement over the previous model when it comes to CPU performance. It is also 74 percent faster in terms of graphics.
According to Microsoft, the battery life of the Pro 8 can last up to 16 hours on a single charge. It can be charged from 0 to 80 percent in an hour, while the battery life on the previous model was up to 10.5 hours.
Both models support Windows 11, so users of both models can upgrade for free to the new operating system version when it is launched on the fifth of October.
Which one is better for you
The Surface Pro 8 comes with a hefty price tag of $1,100. But for that price you get a premium device that has significantly upgraded specifications from previous models. And if you intend to use it mainly for playing games or drawing, then this model might be better for you.
But if you’re on a tight budget and need a Windows tablet to use for everyday tasks, you might be better off buying the Surface Pro 7 model, which starts at $749.
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