Microsoft’s Surface Book line of premium 2-in-1 laptops is getting its third major update in five years. The new Microsoft Surface Book 3 features 10th-gen Intel Core processors, support for NVIDIA GeForce GTX or RTX graphics, and up to 32GB of RAM, and a choice or 13.5 inch or 15 inch displays.

One thing the new laptop doesn’t have? A Thunderbolt 3 port. Microsoft has upgraded the USB Type-C port from USB 3.1 Gen 1 to Gen 2 for slightly faster speeds, but you won’t be able to connect an external graphics dock to this laptop. Depending on the model you buy though, you may not have to.

The new Surface Book 3 laptops are available for pre-order starting today for $1600 and up, and they should ship starting May 21, 2020.

Detailed specs and pricing will be available closer to launch, but here are some details about the new 2-in-1 laptops:

Surface Book 3 13.5 inchSurface Book 3 15 inch
Display13.5 inch, 3000 x 2000 PixelSense15 inch, 3240 x 2160 PixelSense
CPUIntel Core i5-1035G7 or Core i7-1065G7Intel Core i7-1065G7
iGPUIntel Iris Plus 940Intel Iris Plus 940
dGPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-QNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Max-Q or Quadro RTX 3000 Max-Q (commercial and education SKUs only)
RAMUp to 32GB LPDDR4xUp to 32GB of LPDDR4x
StorageSSDUp to 2TB SSD
Ports1 x USB-C, 2 x USB-A, Surface Connect, 3.5mm audio, SDXC card reader1 x USB-C, 2 x USB-A, Surface Connect, 3.5mm audio, SDXC card reader
WirelessWiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5
Power supply65W127W
Starting price$1600$2300

Microsoft also says the Surface Book 3 comes with the “fastest SSD” the company has ever shipped and the company promises up to 50-percent better performance than the Surface Book 2 while offering up to 17.5 hours of battery life for the larger model, or 15.5 hours for the 13.5 inch Surface Book 3.

If the prices seem a little steep, Microsoft does offer cheaper Surface products — the company also introduced the new Surface Book 2 tablet today. The 10.5 inch tablet with an 8th-gen Intel Y-series processor is a heck of a lot less powerful, but with a starting price of $399 it’s also a heck of a lot more affordable.

via Microsoft and Ars Technica

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