Microsoft announced the new Surface Laptop 3 on Wednesday at its. Like the , the Laptop 3 is a 13.5-inch clamshell touchscreen laptop, but will now also come in a larger 15-inch size. They'll also be the first Surface Laptops to have a USB-C port instead of mini-DisplayPort, and will run on Intel's new 10th-gen 10nm processors and unique AMD Ryzen chips.
The event also saw the launch of thedual-screen tablet and dual-screen Android phone, and software for dual-screen devices. More conventional new products included the tablets, and the .
The two new Surface Laptop 3 models have a 20% larger trackpad and the keyboards have 1.3mm of travel, a 19mm pitch between keys and a subtle dish on the keys, said Microsoft Chief Product Officer Panos Panay.
Panay used the keyboard discussion to dive into the new serviceability of the design. Instead of accessing the internal components through the bottom, Microsoft designed the keyboard deck to be removable with a tool. This allows for a more seamless design of the aluminum chassis, but you'll still be able to upgrade or repair the laptops.
Inside you'll find 10th-gen quad-core 10nm Intel processors which Panay said will make the 13.5-inch Laptop 3 three times more powerful than a current MacBook Air. AMD got involved with the 15-inch Surface Laptop 3, too, creating a Ryzen Surface Edition graphics processor.
"This is the most powerful mobile processor AMD has ever created," Panay said. "It's actually the fastest processor for any laptop in its class today."
That "class" is a 15-inch ultraportable, so this won't be a graphics powerhouse on the level of a high-end gaming laptop or a MacBook Pro. However, the architecture is based on the Xbox One's GPU and for a 15-inch laptop with up to 11.5 hours of battery under normal use and a weight less than 3.5 pounds, it could be a standout performer. Microsoft said Adobe Lightroom and Premiere Rush for video editing and games like Rocket League, League of Legends and Forza Horizon 4 will run well on the 15-inch Laptop 3.
Surface Laptop 3 specs
||Surface Laptop 3 (13.5-inch)||Surface Laptop 3 (15-inch)|
|Starting price||$999 (£999, AU$1,699)||$1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,999)|
|Display size/resolution||13.5-inch 2,256x1,504 touch display (3:2)||15-inch 2,496x1,664 touch display (3:2)|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-1035G7 or i7-1065G7||AMD Ryzen 5 3580U or Ryzen 7 3780U|
|Memory||8GB or 16GB LPDDR4x RAM||8GB or 16GB DDR4 RAM|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Plus||AMD Radeon Vega 9 Surface Edition, Vega 11 Surface Edition|
|Storage||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD||128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB SSD|
|Networking||802.11ax wireless (Wi-Fi 6), Bluetooth 5.0||802.11ac wireless (Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0|
|Connections||USB-C, USB-A, 3.5mm combo, Surface Connect||USB-C, USB-A, 3.5mm combo, Surface Connect|
|Operating system||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)|
|See on||Microsoft Store||Microsoft Store|
The new laptops will charge quickly, too. Microsoft worked closely with Intel and AMD to make it possible to charge the Laptop 3 up to 80% in less than an hour.
The 13.5- and 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 are available to preorder now and ships on Oct. 22. The 13.5-inch starts at $999 (£999, AU$1,699) while the 15-inch starts at $1,199 (£1,199, AU$1,999).
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