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What we think we’ll see are new editions of the Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Go, and Surface Pro X.

Given we’re up to a Surface Pro 8, Microsoft’s main flagship, and the high-end Surface Book is now at a 4th edition, those two bits of hardware are some of the more polished devices.

The Surface Pro X, which is expected to have an ARM-based processor again, has seen imperfect Windows app support and a really high price tag.

Then there’s the Surface Duo, which was billed as a dual-screen Android device for productivity and performance, but was roundly seen as a terrible release.

And ahead of this week’s event, we have very solid leaks around the Surface Pro 8 and the Duo 2.

For the laptops and notebooks, they’ll be released with Windows 11, which you’ll recall is set for an October 5 release date. 

Part of the hook of Windows 11 is the promise of more optimizations for CPU performance in particular.

Surface Pro 8:

The Pro 8 coming this week has seen a stack of leaks, with the latest via a Twitter post that looks like it’s a leak from a retailer, showing the Pro 8 will have Intel’s 11th-generation Core processor on board, a slightly bigger 13-inch display at 120Hz, replaceable SSDs, dual Thunderbolt interfaces meaning no more USB-A, and it’ll come with Windows 11.

What’s significant is the 120Hz refresh rate, which ties in with Windows 11 offering a dynamic refresh rate feature. 

So, like on high refresh rate smartphones, the refresh rate will be lower when you’re reading a page and kick up to 120Hz when required, such as during scrolling, flipping between 60Hz and 120Hz to save power and performance.

But with a display firing at 120Hz comes significantly more demand on the CPU and battery life. 

The Surface Pro has never been about raw power, so seeing how this balances out will be interesting.

And, Intel’s 12th generation CPUs are expected sometime in late October though availability is likely in November, December and perhaps 2023 for anything other than the enthusiast spec desktop CPUs.

David Imel / Android Authority

Microsoft Surface Duo 2: 

We’ve seen Duo 2 leaks for months now, and new discovered FCC filings have crystallized some details, revealing 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and NFC support, which was a big omission of the original Duo.

Previous leaks suggested coming specs including wireless charging, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, 8GB of RAM, 128GB/256GB storage options, an actual rear camera setup, and a 4,400mAh battery to power the dual-screens.

So, should you have any interest after the Duo’s terrible first edition? 

Well, Windows Central managed to tough out a year with the Duo 1 and detailed the good: dual-screens at the right aspect ratio are great and can be better than the Galaxy Fold line in many use cases, and the bad: Microsoft just hasn’t fixed enough software bugs, noting “Microsoft is the problem with Surface Duo.” Ouch.

The Duo 2, then, has a lot to prove: what it’s like right out of the box, and how committed Microsoft is to improving, refining, and making the very high price-tag seem worth it.

Roundup

📁 The grapevine continues to suggest Google isn’t just working on its Pixel 6 series, but a Pixel foldable as well. This summary explains the possible existence of two foldable Pixel devices, with evidence in Android 12.1 and via @evleaks (Android Authority).

⏩ Also, Google’s Pixel 6 Pro could charge fast, jumping up to 33W, and Pixel 6 wallpapers have leaked (Android Authority).

⚡ Ikea’s $40 pad adds built-in wireless charging to almost any table (The Verge).

🔋 Volkswagen’s electric ID.4 was already good—does adding AWD via twin-motors change that? (Ars Technica).

🏠 Ultra-white paint could reduce the need for air conditioning. Like how the blackest-black paint Vantablack has special uses, white paint that reflects 98.1 percent of solar radiation is pretty handy too (Engadget).

🚀 The SpaceX Inspiration4 mission and crew returned to Earth with a splashdown on Saturday and everyone seemed pretty chuffed, capping off the first fully private mission in orbit. They had fun in space including betting on NFL and ringing the NYSE bell, and raised US$153m for the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital as well (The Verge).

📰 The endless Facebook apology, written after the WSJ’s incredibly detailed reporting with whistleblower documents everywhere: “The Journal’s series includes internal reports showing that Facebook was fully aware of Instagram’s deleterious impact on the mental health of teen girls while moving full steam ahead with an Instagram for Kids product; internal documents inferring that the company lied to its independent Oversight Board when it said it gave only a small amount of celebs, pols and other grandees a wide berth to break its rules on the platform while, in fact, the free pass was given to millions; and the latest revelation that Facebook makes people angry, in part because of futile efforts of its leader, Mark Zuckerberg, to stop the endless rage.” (NY Times, gift link)

📡 Elon Musk says Starlink will come out of beta phase next month, though he also said it’d come at the end of summer. So, soonish? (Gizmodo).

🚗 NTSB head says Tesla must address ‘basic safety issues’ with semi-autonomous features, i.e. pump the brakes on the roll-out of “Full Self Driving” (Engadget).

📺 Emmys 2023 results: The full list of winners, many of which are streamed TV series like Ted Lasso or The Crown (CNET).

🌌 A mathematician’s guided tour through higher dimensions (Wired).

🦦 How sea otters can fight climate change (BBC).

🌩 “Can lightning really crack rocks and damage mountains like we see in fiction?” (r/askscience).

Apparently, the video comes from an old Egyptian TV drama series.

And I think the actors are trying not to laugh? 

My colleague Hadlee recommended this very similar sequence in wrestling, too.

Cheers,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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Daily Authority: πŸ“ˆ Starlink, Pixel Sales

☕ Good morning! It’s Groundhog Day, stay safe out there!

Ok, what you might want to know this morning is that Elon Musk tweeted a link to news that SpaceX has a new deal:

The new Starlink Premium now promises up to 500Mbps for $500 a month.

To get it, you’ll also need a new premium antenna with “double the antenna capabilities” and an upfront cost of $2,500.

The new site dedicated to the option says: “Starlink Premium users can expect download speeds of 150-500Mbps and latency of 20-40ms, enabling high throughput connectivity for small offices, storefronts, and super users across the globe.”

And it’s still pretty flexible: “With Starlink, there are no long-term contracts, no data caps, and no exclusivity requirements.”

In addition, the new “extra-rugged” dish may work better in very hot or cold environments, and there’s 24/7 prioritized support, too.

It looks like a pitch towards businesses to buy: the answer to the perhaps shouted demand from an office or someone in the field, something like “Just get me internet that works!”

By the way, SpaceX has now launched 1,993 Starlink satellites to date, with one tracker saying that 1,468 of them are providing Starlink services, so coverage should be getting better, though the end goal is 42,000 sats.

The other thing you should know this morning is that last night, Google confirmed a good quarter for the Pixel.

Now, unfortunately, we don’t have a lot of detail: no sales figures or dollars, exactly.

But what Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai did say was: “In Q4 we set an all-time quarterly sales record for Pixel. This came in spite of an extremely challenging supply chain environment. The response to Pixel 6 from our customers and carrier partners was incredibly positive.”

So, no numbers. Google might’ve sold one more phone than the last quarter, which would give it every right to say we set a new record. That’s how records work.

But really, it seems bigger than that, and …that’s pretty much expected given Google actually tried.

The Pixel 6 series is acclaimed, the Pixel 6 alone is a great deal and you don’t need a Pro, and there’s more marketing for it than ever before — and I’ve seen that in my city and heard it from a bunch of people in different parts of the world.

Google also signed 45 carrier and retailer partnership deals, which is a key vector to getting phones into hands.

Weirdness Wednesday

For some reason, in the past month or so, Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to take down the bot via Twitter DM. And that’s where it gets interesting: now Elon has shut down Twitter negotiations with the teen creator.

Mashable has been keeping admirable tabs on the whole thing, with Protocol doing the early yards in talking with Sweeney.

Anyway, first came the Twitter DM offering $5k, with a conversation unfolding about flight tracking via ADS-B Exchange data, and even pointing Musk towards using a free information-blocking program set up by the FAA, called Privacy ICAO aircraft address program, or PIA.

But Sweeney, whose dad works in the airline industry, has been able to keep tracking ol’ Musky.

Sweeney countered Musk’s offer by asking for $50k, or a Tesla Model 3, or an internship at SpaceX or Tesla, and was then blocked by Musk.

Anyway, the Twitter bot is still working, even with the PIA blocking program, even with some kind of weird military-level blocking going on.

Cheers,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

Daily Authority: πŸ“š New 2023 Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon’s 2023 Kindles

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Amazon has updated its Kindle Paperwhite line for the first time since 2023 and there’s a lot of good things here.

The Paperwhite is one of Amazon’s more popular products and something I use most evenings, though I don’t always remember to find a micro-USB cable for it.

Handily, the new models are now USB-C which is one of the bigger improvements.

(By the way, I strongly recommend you look at and use Amazon’s “Send to Kindle by E-mail” feature for adding documents and books you already own… Oh, and turn off Wi-Fi when you’re not using it to extend battery life) 

A short version of the updates:

The 2023 editions have a bigger screen, faster processor, USB-C, “warm light” option, battery life, waterproofing and more storage.

And are a touch more expensive, $10 more for the basic model, $30 for the higher-end Paperwhite, now with a new name.

More detail:

The Paperwhite line now has two different hardware models, plus a separate Paperwhite Kids edition.

The vanilla Paperwhite is $140 (up $10) and now offers a 6.8-inch screen (up from 6-inch, same 300ppi e-ink display) with thinner bezels, faster processor, more LEDs for better lighting, and a “warm light” like the Kindle Oasis ($250).

USB-C charging replaces the micro-USB, which is major.

The new 2023 edition is a tiny bit lighter than the previous edition too.

The Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition, at $190, adds an auto-brightness sensor and Qi wireless charging and makes it close to the Kindle Oasis on a few points.

Finally, there’s a Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition that includes an auto-brightness sensor and Qi wireless charging for a few extra bucks.

Also, I’m unclear on this, but the size of the Paperwhite was always pretty good for portability. While the new 2023 model is bigger, it seems it’s mostly the bezels that have shrunk, so it may only be a half-inch taller and wider.

They’ll ship from October 27, and Amazon notes it’s used recycled materials in plastics and magnesium, though there’s plenty of other materials in use here.

When developers abandon their games, and leave them online without sufficient support, strange things happen.

Hackers ruthlessly figure out that they can a) cheat, hack or even obtain admin privileges and then, b) mess with people with those various cheats, bots, or bans, making the online game unplayable and frustrating.

That’s what happened with Titanfall 2, which was a game from Respawn (the developer) and EA (publisher) that was highly acclaimed yet mostly unsuccessful, released a week after Battlefield 1, and a week before the next Call of Duty:

Then, once Fortnite emerged and EA’s Apex Legends became the next great hope, Titanfall 2 was left alone by Respawn, with only a skeleton crew keeping the lights on.

In protest, the hardcore Titanfall fans hacked Apex Legends, to try and get attention to the Titanfall 2 situation, which is still being sold today (though, at least, there’s a single-player mode which is offline).

The developer, Respawn, seems unwilling to do much but resources are finite, too.

In any case, it’s complicated. Releasing a multiplayer game requires a lot of effort to patch and update and fix holes from bots and hackers.

Once a game is decided to be unprofitable, balancing community goodwill for the gamers who keep logging on, versus moving on, becomes difficult.

Perplexed,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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Daily Authority: Windows 11 Is Real, Nintendo’S E3, And More

It seemingly confirmed the Windows 11 title, something that’s been swirling around as near-fact. It was previously codenamed Sun Valley.

There’s a leaked ISO of Windows 11 Pro (build 21996) that you can just download and run if you’re super keen, though you’d be recommended to only put it on a virtual machine for now.

It’s a big change to what Microsoft has previously said: it had originally talked about Windows 10 as its “final desktop OS,” which would last forever with no end of support, and no “base” changes.

Now, Windows 11.

What we’re seeing:

Most changes are visual updates, with a UI overhaul here to make Windows feel modern, easy to use, and helpful.

Revamps include: a new Start menu and taskbar, new icons in File Explorer, centered app icons, and a cleaner search interface, along with rounded window corners.

There’s a lot of simplification, and the install process is reported to be easier, with less Cortana and no Microsoft account required.

But we also see that changes aren’t exactly wide-ranging. Legacy elements remain: the old Control Panel, Device Manager, and other Microsoft Management Console apps, which largely haven’t been touched since Windows XP (At least it makes troubleshooting guides from 2012 still useful though, right?).

There aren’t any changes to the Home/Pro distribution approach, nor are there changes to the Windows Store interface.

What’s clear is that the build we’re seeing is an early version. We don’t know how far away Windows 11 is from being available as an update (or new purchase), only the June 24 announcement date. 

Some reports are that it looks like Windows 11 is a consumer build. Enterprises are likely to continue on Windows 10, with an expected update, Windows 10 21H2, arriving completely separately.

And like previous Windows releases, more changes may flow through in regular updates and early builds don’t tell us the full story, as we saw with Windows 10.

The pitch: 

Microsoft will have its time on stage next Thursday at 11am ET to talk about what we see and what’s under the hood, why it’s moved in this direction, and what it all means.

Roundup

🆕 OnePlus Nord N200 launches, bringing cheap 5G access to the US (Android Authority).

⌚ Realme launches Watch 2 series in Europe, confirms tablet, laptop are coming (Android Authority). As MKBHD pointed out, it’s incredible what companies like Realme copy from Apple (Twitter).

🍏 Some Apple M1 iMacs have crooked displays, and now you can’t unsee it (Android Authority).

🕹️ Everything Nintendo announced at its E3 2023 Direct show, including Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid Dread, and a whole lot more. More on the Breath of the Wild sequel coming in 2023 (Android Authority). No new Nintendo Switch Pro, but you’d know that if you’d been following!

🔒 The Android Messages app now offers end-to-end encryption (Engadget).

🍎 All 511 Apple Stores are open today for the first time in more than 17 months. Just like the Big Mac (and iPhone) Indexes, it’s a proxy for the health of society (9to5Mac).

🥽 Once a key supplier for iPhones, Japan Display is moving its LCDs to VR (Bloomberg).

📺 Disney Plus has no plans for a lower cost ad-supported option, for now, CEO says (The Verge).

⚖️ Big Tech critic Lina Khan wins FTC confirmation (Engadget).

💵 A disturbing read: Airbnb is spending millions to make nightmares go away (Bloomberg).

💰 Tim Berners-Lee makes an NFT from World Wide Web’s Objective-C (Ars Technica).

📡 Starlink dishes go into “thermal shutdown” once they hit 122°F (50°C): “Dishy will go into thermal shutdown at 122F and will restart when it reaches 104F. (40°C)”. That doesn’t sound good for places like Australia, or all too many places in the world in summer (Ars Technica).

📺 Streaming games to your TV actually started in the ’80s (Wired).

🌑 NASA might put a huge telescope on the far side of the moon (Wired).

🤔 “What’s your favorite question to ask someone to get to know them better?” (r/askreddit).

Weirdness Wednesday

CNET has done us all a favor, stitching together explanations of 55 weird objects seen on Mars, from the mother of pearl clouds, to celebrity rocks to “blueberries” to the ol’ favorite, the Face on Mars, first seen in 1976:

NASA

And later captured again in 2001 to prove it’s a mesa, not a mister:

NASA

My colleague Hadlee Simons, who helpfully tells me when I’m wrong before I send this newsletter, mentioned that the X-Files did an episode inspired by this: Space (S1E09).

Cheers,

Tristan Rayner, Senior Editor

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What Phones Do The Android Authority Team Use As Daily Drivers? (2024 Edition)

The results

A tale of love and hate: The Google Pixel 4 XL story

David Imel / Android Authority

With a single exception, no one phone appeared more than twice in our list of daily drivers. That exception was the Google Pixel 4 XL. A whopping seven (!) members of the AA family use the larger Pixel 4 model as their primary phone. The wider Galaxy S10 series came close with a total of five, but apparently we just love those Pixels.

Or do we?

Of those seven Pixel 4 XL users (which includes me!), five gave it an overall rating of eight out of ten. This led to a respectable average score, but that’s far from the whole story.

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While Google’s fancy computational photography and clean software were repeatedly praised, all but one Pixel 4 XL owner cited battery headaches as the main complaint. And remember, this is the Pixel 4 XL, not the Pixel 4 with its even smaller battery. Yikes.

On the more positive side, writer Phillip Prado said, “I really love the design and how simple the software is,” going even as far to say that “it’s probably the most pleasurable device to use I’ve ever had,” but still described the battery life as “not good.” Managing editor Jimmy Westenberg echoed this, noting, “I find myself at 50% at about 4pm every day.”

Although battery life was the recurring sore spot, Drone Rush‘s Jonathan Feist had other major complaints and wasn’t shy about listing them all. He also slapped the phone with a rating of six out of ten, the lowest of any phone in our poll. Take it away, Feisty:

“Everything that Google did to make this phone “Pixel,” sucks. I’ve turned off all the special features, (Soli, ambient display stuff, etc.) I hate that the lower chin is so small, I miss the fingerprint scanner, and where’s my headphone jack?”

Ouch.

Samsung: The popular choice

While Google took the crown for the most daily drivers of a single model, it’s Samsung that snagged the gold in basically every other department. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise; it’s the brand most synonymous with Android. But it’s not just about awareness, you have to satisfy your customers, and Samsung killed it in that department too.

Almost a quarter of Team AA rock a Samsung phone as a daily driver. Yet even in spite of the saturation, the brand still achieved the highest average when looking at all phones and all different models. In addition, the Galaxy S10 Plus came out with the top overall average with an almost-perfect score of nine and a half out of ten.

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Can you believe it, iPhone users at Android Authority!

In all seriousness, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Apple’s phones (and tablets, and laptops, and earbuds, etc.) are all stupidly popular. In fact, most people reading this very article will be doing so on an iPhone!

Love or hate Apple, you also can’t argue that some its products aren’t pretty darn great, especially the excellent iPhone 11 series, which accounted for half of the iPhones scattered around our team.

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The most common positives centered around the camera experience, iMessage, speed, and compatibility with Apple’s wider hardware ecosystem. Media operations manager Sarah Clary said her iPhone XR is, “fast, organized, and works seamlessly with my Macbook,” while writer and photography expert Edgar Cervantes highlighted the superior resale value of iPhones.

Perhaps the most telling response came from Adam Sinicki, our Android dev expert who could probably deadlift the entire AA team with one arm:

“I got [the iPhone 11 Pro Max] 99% for the camera! I also was convinced by my iPad Mini 5 that Apple still attracts the best apps. And I wanted the Apple Watch!”

However, when asked what he didn’t like about it even Adam had to admit, “it’s not an Android.” While the petty hate between certain overzealous iOS and Android fans should’ve ended long ago, there are still plenty of reasons why we’re still dedicated to the best OS out there.

Other takeaways

Only four Team AA members said they wouldn’t recommend their current daily driver to our readers. Those were Adam Molina — iPhone 11 Pro (awful file management), Tristan Rayner — HUAWEI Mate 9 (I mean, it’s pretty old now), David Imel — OPPO Find X2 Pro (great phone, shame about the price), and Jonathan Feist with his aforementioned Pixel 4 XL woes.

Just three of the phones listed in our 2023 survey made another appearance in 2023. Those were the HUAWEI Mate 9, the Samsung Galaxy S8, and the HUAWEI P20 Pro.

Our results vaguely reflected the global market share picture with Apple, Samsung, and HUAWEI all featured multiple times. The outliers were Google and OnePlus, with the latter heavily buoyed by votes from our amazing writers in India.

Despite there being five HUAWEI phones scattered among the team, not one is of the Google-less variety. I guess we’re not ready to take the plunge on Huawei’s mobile services just yet.

The oldest phone on the list is the HUAWEI Mate 9 by quite a wide margin. Seriously, Tristan, treat yourself to a new phone already.

The only phones that received individual ten out of ten ratings were the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus and the OnePlus 7T Pro.

Just 24% of our daily drivers have headphone jacks. Sad face.

One-third of the phones had “Pro” in the name.

What phones do we want next?

We’re already eying our next daily drivers. Are you?

One exciting takeaway is the sheer diversity of brands. Unlike the current daily driver results, here we see names like ASUS, LG, Motorola, Sony, and even Microsoft get a mention. Three foldables also make the list: the Galaxy Z Flip, the HUAWEI Mate XS, and the rumored Galaxy Fold 2.

Based on the results here, it’s notable that our team of hardcore tech enthusiasts doesn’t reflect wider industry trends. While many are hanging onto their phones for longer than ever, only five respondents said they weren’t looking to upgrade anytime soon. Instead, the vast majority of us are already eying our next daily driver.

Here Are The Best Microsoft Surface Laptops And Tablets

Buying the best Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets

Zarif Ali / Android Authority

Microsoft’s Surface lineup is a rather limited one. However, there are still enough options. Here’s a quick guide to the lineups.

Surface — The classic hybrid tablet that plays well with a keyboard, quite like an iPad.

Surface Go — The more affordable Surface tablets.

Surface Pro — higher-end Pro Surface tablets.

Surface Book — 2-in-1 devices with a little more focus on working as a proper laptop than the main Surface line.

Surface Laptop — A proper laptop from Microsoft.

If you’re set on buying a Microsoft Surface device, chances are you already know what you want. To make the right buying choice, consider the following factors.

Form factor — Surface devices usually come with the classic 2-in-1 form factor, except the Surface laptop, which has a typical laptop design.

Screen size — Screen sizes don’t vary much here, but will definitely help you choose better. The Surface Go lineup is quite smaller than the others.

Budget and specifications — These two go hand in hand. Your use cases will determine what specs you need, and you need to balance that with the budget to get the best value. 

Once you have those two things nailed down, it should be pretty easy to make your choice. We have our best picks listed down below for you.

The best Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets regularly as new devices launch.

Microsoft Surface Laptop 4

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Don’t care too much for laptop-tablet hybrids? Then your best choice is the Microsoft Surface Laptop 4. It’s the latest version of Microsoft’s traditional laptop — the display does not detach from the keyboard, nor does it rotate on a hinge as many other convertible notebooks do. However, the Surface Laptop 4 makes up for that with its elegant, modern design and practical features.

The Laptop 4 is a worthy successor to the Surface Laptop 3. The newest model comes in two sizes — 13.5 and 15-inch touchscreens, with resolutions of 2,256 x 1,504 and 2,496 x 1,664 respectively. The Laptop 4 also has a couple of other spec upgrades. Both versions come with 8, 16, or 32GB of RAM, while storage ranges from 256GB to 1TB SSD drives. The processors also jumped from 10th gen to 11th gen Core i5 and i7 processors. The bigger model even has an AMD Ryzen 7 CPU version.

Related: AMD vs Intel: Which is better?

The port selection is the same as the previous Surface Laptop 3, which is to say that it’s rather limited. Battery life is listed at between 16 and 19 hours, depending on your configuration. The keyboard, however, is possibly the best of any Surface device so far. So, if you don’t mind these faults and have the cash to spend, the Surface Laptop 4 is an excellent choice for a portable and elegant business laptop.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8

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The latest Surface flagship comes in the form of the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 series. Just like their predecessor, these tablets can easily double up as powerful laptops thanks to their excellent specs and detachable keyboard.

The standard Pro 8 model comes in several configurations. You can choose between 8, 16, and 32GB of RAM, while SSD storage options range from 128GB to 1TB. The available processors are 11th Gen quad-core Intel i5 and quad-core i7, and both come with Intel Iris Xe graphics. All versions come with Windows 11 Home and, finally, a Thunderbolt 4 support. Battery life has also improved slightly compared to last year’s Surface Pro — the Pro 8 promises around 16 hours.

Microsoft Surface Book 3

The Microsoft Surface Book blew people away when the company revealed the first version. It was a full notebook, but you could detach the large screen from its keyboard (no Type Cover here) and use it as a massive tablet. The Surface Book 3 is the latest version of this high-end laptop that was launched in May 2023. You can get one with a 13.5-inch 3,000 x 2,000 resolution display, or one with a larger 15-inch 3,240 x 2,160 display. Both come with 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB SDD options for storage, and the battery life should last up to 15.5 hours on the 13.5-inch option or 17.5 hours on the 15-inch model.

If you choose the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Book 3, you can get it with either 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB of RAM and either a 10th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 chip. You also get the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 GPU if you pick the i7 model. The i5 version of the notebook weighs 3.38 pounds, while the i7 model weighs 3.62 pounds.

Read next: Want an Apple laptop? Here are the best and cheapest you can buy

The 15-inch version comes with 16GB or 32GB of RAM, the 10th Gen Core i7 chip, and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660Ti GPU. It weighs 4.20 pounds. Both the 13.5-inch and the 15-inch versions come with two USB ports, a USB-C port, two Surface Connect power ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a full SD card slot. You also get an 8MP rear camera, an 8MP front-facing camera, dual microphones, and front-facing stereo speakers.

As you might expect, all of this high-end hardware and features come at a high cost — check out pricing via the button below.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

The Surface Pro X is probably the most divisive product on this list. It is the lightest and thinnest Surface ever, but it comes with a number of compromises that might put some potential buyers off.

The Pro X is a 13-inch touchscreen 2-in-1 laptop with a detachable type cover and a 2,880 x 1,920 display. Unlike the Surface Pro 7, you don’t have to buy the cover or the stylus separately. Connectivity is where Microsoft has cut corners, unfortunately. The Surface Pro X might offer LTE Advanced Pro through a nano-SIM, but the device only has two USB-C ports and one Surface Connect port. No headphone jack or anything else.

Microsoft Surface Laptop Go

The latest member of the Surface notebook family is the Laptop Go. This has been designed to be the lightest traditional Surface notebook so far, at just 2.45 pounds. You still get a 12.4-inch 1,536 x 1,024 touch screen display, with a full keyboard and an aluminum top. Inside, you get an Intel 10th generation Core i5 processor 1035G1, with either 4GB or 8GB of RAM and with 64, 128, or 256GB of storage options. The battery is supposed to last up to 13 hours on a typical charge, and you can get up to 80% of that total charge in just one hour.

Other features include a Fingerprint Power Button for one-touch sign-in on some models, along with a 720p HD camera. You also get a USB-C and a USB-A port. You even get your choice of colors with this notebook: Ice Blue, Sandstone, and Platinum.

The price of the Microsoft Surface Laptop Go begins at $550. If you want an inexpensive Surface device that’s an actual laptop and not a tablet with a detachable keyboard, this might be worth looking at.

Frequently asked questions

There are several Microsoft Surface computers available at different price points. Surface devices generally offer solid value for money, so it’s fair to say they’re worth it.

Microsoft’s Surface is a tablet-first device that can double as a laptop with a keyboard accessory, while the Surface Laptop aims to offer a proper laptop experience.

The Microsoft Surface itself is a tablet, but the Surface lineup also has laptops in it, like the Surface Laptop, and 2-in-1 devices like the Surface Book. 

Microsoft’s Surface lineup has been rather successful, and there are currently no indications that Microsoft is planning on discontinuing Surface.

The best place to buy a Microsoft Surface is from Microsoft itself, or a trusted retailer like Amazon. Certified online and offline electronics retailers are also a safe bet.

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