The big reveal ends weeks of speculation and multiple hardware leaks.
After months of speculation, Microsoft today made the announcement we've all been waiting for.
That's right: Microsoft Surface Pro 8 does not (yet!) Exist. Instead, the benchmarking leaks and the recent FCC certification belong to the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+, an updated version focused on businesses.
Microsoft is announcing Surface Pro 7+ and is aimed at commercial users
Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ is an update to the current Surface Pro iteration. Where its predecessor was available to all, Microsoft is pushing the updated Surface Pro 7+ towards the enterprise, with an emphasis on commercial and corporate users.
The new Surface Pro 7+ will be equipped with Intel Tiger Lake processors of the 11th generation, which are equipped with the Intel Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1135G7 and Core i7-1165G7 chips.
The Intel Core i7-1165G7 isn't the same i7-1185G7 model discovered in a previous Geekbench 5 benchmark leak, but it has an impressive base clock speed of 2.8 GHz and a maximum turbo frequency of 4.8 GHz.
The 11th generation of Intel's Core i5 and Core i7 processors include Intel Xe Graphics, a significant boost compared to the previous model. However, the Core i3 version ships with Intel UHD Graphics.
The flagship Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ comes with 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, while even the Core i3 entry-level model comes with 8 GB of RAM. In addition, the memory can now be easily removed and upgraded via a small rear panel.
Elsewhere, the Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ comes with a large battery that allows 15 hours of use on a single charge. With fast charging, you can reach around 80 percent of the battery capacity on a 10-minute charge. This is very useful when you are traveling fast.
You can also find dual cameras with a 5-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera, both of which support 1080p. The updated model will also include stereo speakers with support for Dolby Atmos.
Another useful change for business and corporate users is the addition of 4G LTE. Microsoft removed LTE from the original Microsoft Surface Pro 7, much to the disappointment of its users, so many will welcome its return. The Surface Pro 7+ also includes Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0, which were released in an FFC certification in early January 2021.
How much does Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ cost?
Surface Pro 7+ costs vary depending on the configuration. The entry-level model with an Intel Core i3 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD will bring you back $ 900. Prices will go up from there.
Microsoft assumes that the Surface Pro 7+ will be shipped from next week. While the Surface Pro 7+ is primarily marketed for commercial users, there are early signs that regular customers can get their hands on the new hardware. However, there is no specific time frame for this.
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