This is the new Surface book 3 from Microsoft. There is actually two variants of this laptops.
It’s the Surface book 3, 13 inch, and the Surface book 3, 15 inch. They’re really similar, but they’re a little bit different in some important ways.
The Surface book 3, 13 inch is gonna be pretty familiar if you already know the Surface book and the Surface book 2.
It’s got the same size screen, same dimensions, same kind of overall design. There are a few design differences to be aware of, though.
It’s got a bigger trackpad, Microsoft says it’s 20% bigger than before. It’s got a new USB-C port on the side here, which you can use for video, and data, and charging.
It’s a USB-C 3.1 it’s not Thunderbolt 3, so you can’t use an external GPU with it, but you can still output to a display.
The other things,it comes in new colors as you can see this is the sandstone gold type of color.
You can still get in black, blue, or silver. As part of the sandstone color and as part of the black color, it’s got a new aluminum deck.
So, instead of the Alcantara fabric that you get on the blue or the silver models, you got a, kind of a familiar traditional, standard aluminum deck here.
Otherwise it’s basically the same Surface book as before, but with upgraded internals. This has Intel’s tenth generation IceLink processors. You can get them in Core i5 or Core i7 variants.
So it’s got the latest generations from Intel, and it’s gonna perform better than before but it’s gonna be a very similar experience. The Surface book 3, 15 inch is a whole new thin But as you can tell it still looks really familiar.
This is basically if you took a 13 inch model and blew it up to a 15 inch size.
So you got 15 inch display, got a slightly bigger keyboard, slightly bigger trackpad than even on the new 13 inch model of surface book 3. But otherwise everything’s gonna be pretty familiar.
Same clamshell design, same overall wedge shape. The 15 inch only is available with the aluminum deck, you don’t get the Alcantara option on it.
But you still have the surface connector on the side, you still have the USB-C port, USB-A port, and then your headphone jack.
Inside the Surface book 3, 15 inch is a new processor that is not available in the 13 inch model.
Microsoft worked with AMD to put a Ryzen 5 or a Ryzen 7 chip in this.
They worked with AMD to create a custom Surface edition of this chip that’s got a little bit more graphics power than your typical Ryzen set up.
Now Microsoft says that it put this processor in the 15 inch model because they were able to get better graphics performance out of the integrated chips than they can on the Intel side.
They expect that with a 15 inch laptop, you’re gonna be doing more 3D demanding things, whether that’s in CAD or Photoshop, maybe some light video editing.
That’s not to say this is a gaming laptop You’re not gonna be doing 60 frames per second in Tomb Raider or other AAA games.
You might be able to do some light gaming on it, but this is still a 3.4 pound, under 15 millimeter thick, portable laptop.
This isn’t really like a big gaming rig. So those are the new laptops from Microsoft, the Surface book 3 line. The 13 inch is gonna start at $999, the 15 inch starts at $1,199.
They’re available for pre-order starting today, and they’re gonna be shipping on October 22nd. We’re gonna have way more to say about these once we get them in for a proper review.
This was our first preview first look at them. So be sure to stay tuned for that. And also be sure to check out our other coverage on everything else that Microsoft announced.
There’s the Surface Pro 7, Surface Pro X, and something new, like a Surface Neo. we’ve got an exclusive look at that as well.