The leaked Surface Pro 8 is ultimately a Surface Pro 7 Plus. It is reserved for businesses and education.
Discovering Microsoft’s press release, it’s hard to be particularly excited by the announcement of the Surface Pro 7 Plus. It must be said that the product has already been the subject of multiple leaks for several months under the name, rumored at this time, of Surface Pro 8. After having slightly postponed the announcement, due to political news in the States United, here is officially the Surface Pro 7 Plus, an update to the Surface Pro 7 of 2019.
Same design, new components
Microsoft has not touched a hair of the design of the Surface Pro 7. This probably explains why the brand refused to change the generation number. We therefore keep the 12.3-inch screen in 3: 2 format, the tablet format with an integrated adjustable stand and a rather rich connection: a USB-C, a Surface Connect, a USB-A and a micro SD port. On the other hand, we have the right to a small refresh internal components.
The processor goes very logically to the 11th generation of Intel Core, and we can now add a Qualcomm X20 LTE modem. Unfortunately, Microsoft is therefore skipping 5G for this new product. Attention on 4G LTE models, the microSD reader is replaced by a nano SIM reader. The battery has also gained in volume and goes from 46.5 Wh to 50.4 Wh, allowing Microsoft to announce a substantial gain in autonomy: from 10.5 to 15 hours.
These internal design changes also allowed Microsoft teams to make the SSD removable and easily replaceable. This is something that Microsoft had started to offer on the Surface Laptop 3 and on the Surface Pro X. A decision that we can only applaud, especially as the products are still so compact and thin.
You won’t be able to buy it
This new Surface Pro 7 Plus will be available from January 15 in most countries where Surface products are available. On the other hand, Microsoft intends to market it only to companies or for the education market. Individuals will therefore not be able to buy it in principle.
Prices range from $ 899 for the Intel Core i3 model, up to $ 2,799 for the Intel Core i7 version with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.