The Surface Book 3 is available to buy right now, seeing a boosted performance compared to the previous iteration.
The new detachable powerhouse isn’t all that different from the original, but comes fitted with Intel’s 10th Gen processors and some high-end Nvidia graphics card options including the monstrously powerful RTX Quadro 3000.
Keep an eye on this page for any further details on the Surface Book 3 laptop as well as a full review in the coming weeks. Read on for everything we know right now.
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Surface Book 3 release date – When is it coming out?
The Surface Book 3 will officially hit shelves on June 5 in the UK. Demand seems to be high though, with the Microsoft store already running out of stock for select models.
The device is already available in the US though, so don’t be surprised to see Americans showing off the portable online.
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Surface Book 3 price – How much will it cost?
Prices for the 13-inch Surface Book 3 start at £1599, while the larger 15-inch sees a base price of £2199.
The entry-model 13-inch laptop features an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Meanwhile, the cheapest 15-inch configuration sports an Intel Core i7 chip, 16GB RAM and 256GB storage.
Both laptops can get significantly more expensive by upgrading the specs, with the RAM and SSD configurable to 32GB and 1TB respectively.
The Surface Book 3 has slightly different configuration options when you switch over to Microsoft’s Business store. The Business version of the Surface Book 3 boasts the exclusive pleasure of having a Nvidia Quadro GPU option, although that will cost you at least £3329. If you fancy such monster GPU power for personal use, there’s no stopping you ordering it through Microsoft’s business site.
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Surface Book 3 specs – How powerful is it?
Microsoft claims this is its most powerful laptop yet, offering a 50% performance boost when compared with the Surface Book 2.
Both the 13-inch and 15-inch models boast an Intel 10th Generation Core CPU. Bizarrely, Microsoft has opted for Intel’s Ice Lake chips instead of the Comet Lake alternatives. This means the chips feature an integrated graphics engine, which is arguably redundant when coupled with a discrete graphics card. That said, it will definitely come in use for the entry-level 13-inch model which lacks a graphics card.
The GPU options range from Intel Iris Plus (integrated graphics) in the base 13-inch configuration to Nvidia GTX 1650 with Max-Q Design in the i7 model. Jump to the 15-inch model, and see the Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q Design instead.
Microsoft also confirmed the Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 GPU will be an option for the 15-inch laptop but will be targeted at commercial customers and so is only available through Microsoft’s Business store and business-orientated retailers.
|Surface Book 3 (13.5 inches)||Surface Book 3 (15 inches)|
|Display||13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000, 3:2||15-inch, 3240 x 2160, 3:2|
|Processor||Intel Core i5-1035G7 or
Intel Core i7-1065G7
|Intel Core i7-1065G7|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus Graphics or
Nvidia GTX 1650 Max-Q
|Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q or
Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000
|RAM||8GB / 16GB / 32GB||16GB / 32GB|
|Storage||255GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD||255GB / 512GB / 1TB SSD|
|Dimensions||312 x 232 x 23 mm||343 x 251 x 23 mm|
|Weight||From 1534 g||From 1905 g|
In terms of RAM, Microsoft is offering 8GB, 16GB and 32GB options which are very generous. Microsoft also claims it’s using the fastest SSD ever used in a Surface device, with capacity ranging from 256GB to 1TB. US customers get the option of 2TB too.
Both models will feature high-DPI PixelSense displays, “smooth, precise” trackpads and “comfortable” keyboards. The new Microsoft laptop apparently has a 17.5-hour battery life for the 15-inch model and 15.5 hours for the smaller 13-inch version, although we’ll need to test that ourselves to be sure.
You’ve also got WiFi 6 support and Bluetooth 5, along with a 5MP front camera (of course packed with Windows Hello support) and an 8MP rear shooter. Audio is taken care of with Dolby Atmos support.
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Surface Book 3 design – What will it look like?
While the Surface Book 3 is certainly set to be more powerful than the Surface Book 2 in terms of design, it’s very much the same. You’ve got the same hybrid design and clever hinge, plus the same selection of ports.
That includes 1x USB-C, 2x USB-A, Surface Connector and a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s also an SD card slot, which is far from a given but greatly appreciated on a machine like this.
As with previous Surface Books, the screen detaches from the keyboard and can be then be used with the Surface pen or Surface dial. This works the same for both the 13-inch and 15-inch models. It also seems like the keyboard remains unchanged, complete with 1.5mm of key travel.
The 13-inch Surface Book has a starting weight of 1534g (including keyboard), although that will soar up to 1642g when you go for the Intel Core i7 configuration. The 15-inch alternative, meanwhile, weighs 1905g (including keyboard) which is surprisingly light considering all the specs.