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Surface Book 3 release date, price, specs and design

The Surface Book 3 is out now, fans of the detachable powerhouse can now get their hands on the Microsoft machine.

The third iteration of the Surface Book isn’t all that different from the first and, less so, the second. However, the big differences come on the inside via Intel’s latest 10 Gen processors, some super high-end Nvidia graphics.

Surface Book has always had a strong specs game but, as with most of the Surface line, you do have to pay a premium for some gorgeous and robust design. For many though, the unique form-factor can definitely be worth the trade-off – especially for artists who make full use of the Surface Pen and the tablet form-factor.

Keep an eye on this page for any further details on the Surface Book 3 device as well as a full review once we get our hands on the unique bit of kit. 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.

Customers across the Atlantic are lucky enough to see an earlier launch, with Microsoft confirming May 21 as the US release day.

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.

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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.

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