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Surface Book 3 could be getting a huge GPU upgrade

While the original Surface line appears to be going strong, Microsoft seems to have a new focus with the upcoming launch of Surface Neo and Surface Duo. Along with the Surface Go 2, the Surface Book 3 seemed like it may have been forgotten – but has it?

The main aim of the Surface family has seemed to be to provide high-end Windows alternatives to equally costly Apple devices – with a particular focus on Surface Pro and Surface Laptop taking on MacBooks and iPads.

However, these contests are limited to productivity machines, which meant the Surface Book – and Surface Book 2 – were an entirely different proposition. That said, the Surface Book lineup offers style and premium build, but with capable graphics onboard.

For a while, it had seemed like the third Surface Book may not come at all – potentially disappointing all those fans who had found the perfect device in the Surface Book proposition. Thankfully, rumours are pointing to its return.

Related: Check out our Surface Book 2 review

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Surface Book 3 release date – When is it coming out?

A new report from Brad Sams over at Petri suggests the Surface Book 3 will be announced by Microsoft at a spring hardware event in New York.

No word yet on a release date – however, we’d expect Microsoft to want to avoid the holiday release of the Surface Duo and Surface Neo, so we could see the third iteration of the Surface Book emerge earlier or later.

Surface Book 3 price – How much will it cost?

The Surface Book 2 started at around £1400 and we expect the same for the third entry. 

Petri reporter Brad Sams also speculates the new Surface Book could have some beefy internals – so expect the top-end price to rise well above £2000.

Surface Book 3 specs – How powerful is it?

The main appeal of the Surface Book, for most, was the inclusion of a dedicated graphics card inside the keyboard base. If rumours are to be believed, Microsoft is going all out for the next iteration.

Along with the latest Intel 10th Gen Ice Lake processors, the recent report from Petri states that the Surface Book 3 is set to feature Nvidia’s 16 series mobile GPUs. However, the big surprise is that the top-spec 15-inch model could feature an Nvidia Quadro graphics card – designed for demanding computational tasks.

While the Surface Book 3 looks like it will be capable of some decent gaming and editing tasks, via its graphics card offering, some may be disappointed with the absence of raytracing or 20 series cards.

Surface Book 3 design – What will it look like?

While it looks to be all change on the inside for the new Surface Book, there’s little word on whether the new device will look any different to what has gone before – with the small amount of speculation pointing to the design remaining the same as the previous two iterations.

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