Today Microsoft announced the new Surface Laptop 3 at the Surface Event in New York. Ahead of the event, there are leaks of what the company will show off which took off some of the surprises. However, there are some significant changes in terms of design.[wpinsertshortcodead id=”zxikm5d3e04a8f1451″]
Along with a 13-inch variant, Microsoft first time introduced the 15-inch Surface Laptop model. The Microsoft Chief Product Officer, Panos Panay mentioned that the keyboards have 1.3 mm of travel, a 19 mm pitch between keys and the subtle dish on the keys and the laptops have a 20% larger trackpad. For easier serviceability and repairability, the top of the keyboard area is removable. In short, the hardware components of the laptop can be accessible from the top instead of from the bottom. For the first, the devices have a machined aluminum finish chassis.
The Surface Laptop 3 comes in both Intel and AMD variants. Intel 10th GEN Ice Lake CPUs which are Intel’s first 10nm processor powers the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Laptop 3 whereas the new 15-inch model comes with the customized AMD chipset based on the Ryzen 7 technology. Microsoft named the AMD chipset as AMD Ryzen Surface Edition which they have co-engineered and claimed that the chipset is the “fastest graphics performance of any laptops in its class.” The 15-inch is also equipped with AMD Radeon RX Vega 11 GPU. The company also claimed that the Intel Quad-Core 10the Gen Ice Lake powered 13.5inch variant is 3-times faster than the MacBook Air.
The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 is equipped with 32GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 1 TB of SSD internal storage whereas the 13-inch model with 16GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 1 TB of SSD storage. Both the devices support fast charging, meaning it can charge 80% of the battery in just one hour.
The devices will be available in three colors, including black, platinum, and a new sandstone color. The starting price 13.5-inch model is $999 and for the 15-inch model at $1,199. Pre-order for both variants is already available, and the shipping will start on October 22 onwards.