Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 gets a refresh and sets the bar for tablets

by Don Sharpe
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  • Surface Pro 8 was announced in an event held on Wednesday.
  • It has thunderbolt ports for the first time ever.
  • The external features are more defined.

In an event held on September 22, Microsoft announced Surface tablets. The Surface Pro 8 was among the devices released. You can read all about the other devices here. The performance has been boosted from prior devices and is what was expected from the Surface event.

Surface Pro 8 prices

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 went on sale immediately after the launch and is expected to ship after the Windows 11 launch. The prices are set at $1,100 but are expected to go up to $2,600.


Perhaps the most defining features about the Surface Pro 8 are external. This is a very much welcomed feature given how the Surface Pro lineup has remained the same over the years. 

Microsoft introduces a slightly larger display of 13-inch multitouch that maintains the 3:2 screen ratio compared to the 12.3 inches that has been the standard for the Surface Pro traditional lineup. According to Microsoft, the screen will run up to 120Hz, which has never been part of the Surface Pro devices. The design uses the Dynamic Refresh Rate technology implemented earlier by Microsoft to create smooth e-ink experiences.

The tablet also comes with an ambient sensor capable of detecting external lighting and color hence adjusting display accordingly. Microsoft has also included the Dolby Vision HDR support, which is in line with the AutoHDR feature coming to Windows 11.


The tablet comes with two Thunderbolt ports and a Surface Connect port. This is a great feature that will allow the Surface Pro 8 to self-charge.

In terms of size, it is smaller despite the increase in screen inches. Color choices are limited as black has been scrapped out leaving Platinum and Graphite. 


The keyboard now includes a pen cubby. It also charges the Surface Slim Pen 2 which is unfortunately sold separately.


A Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem supports both eSIMs and removable SIM, but a SIM slot is not listed among the ports. This could mean only eSIMs will be supported.

The cameras have been revamped and made more powerful, with up to 10 megapixels for the rear camera. Hardware appears to remain the same.

For more detailed specifications and prices, you can visit here.

Will you be upgrading to the Surface Pro 8? Let us know what you love most about it in the comments below.

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