Surface Book 3: Release Date, Specs, and Features - Everything You Need To Know
Back in 2015, Microsoft launched the first-ever Surface Book and since then, the roster has been one of the company’s most successful ventures into the laptop industry. Come 2017, the Surface Book 2 dropped — again with rave reviews.
However, it’s no coincidence that these two devices have such an outstanding rating from users and critics alike. What makes them different their versatility and functionality – attributed to their hybrid form-factor and detachable hinges, which caters to a variety of users. With this in mind, it’s understandable that the hype surrounding the next hybrid iteration, the Surface Book 3, is overwhelming.
In light of this, we took it upon ourselves to piece together everything there is to know about the upcoming Surface Book 3. From launch date to specifications down to features, we tried our best to cover it all. So, just sit back and try your best to keep up with us!
Surface Book 3 Release Date
At the moment, there’s still obviously no news about the existence of the Surface Book 3, which isn’t that beneficial to estimates of a release. However, if we look at Microsoft’s release schedule, it’s been constantly placed in October. With this in mind, it’s plausible for the tech mogul to come out with a new Surface Book this year in the same month.
Though this is not entirely impossible, there’s clearly a two-year gap between the outing of the Surface Book and Surface Book 2, which leads us to conclude, yet again, that Microsoft might be planning an October 2019 release.
A refresh of the Surface Book 2 is also not out of the question since back in 2016 the Redmond-based equipment manufacturer produced a refreshed version of the first Surface Book – complete with updated specs and internals. This would likely be the case this year with the Surface Book 2- meaning a 2019 debut is much more likely when it comes to an official release.
As we mentioned earlier, there’s been a lack of details regarding the Microsoft Surface Book 3 and the device’s specifications isn’t exempt from that. But if we look at it logically, it comes naturally to think that Microsoft will want to improve on the next Surface Book. I mean what’s the sense of a new model if not for that, right? Taking this into account, we’ll have to base our predictions using the Surface Book 2.
Currently, the Surface Book 2 comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. For the Surface Book 3, we think that Intel will probably up the ante a bit more either with a Cannon Lake or Ice Lake chip – with the former allegedly dropping this year and the latter sometime in 2019.
Revisiting the release speculations, it seems likely that the Surface Book 3 will drop with Ice Lake in tow as their releases are identical. However, it still remains to be seen if Microsoft intends to wait for Intel to drop the Ice Lake, which makes Cannon Lake another ideal candidate. Besides the chip, other specs will likely not receive major overhauls seeing as those are already on the higher-end.
The Surface Book lineup was made popular by its detachable screen and ‘dynamic fulcrum hinge,’ that’s why it’ll probably be the same for the Microsoft Surface Book 3. With this, it’s safe to assume that, just like the Surface Book 1 and 2, the Surface Book 3 will come in 13.5-inch and 15-inch variants. Though this is the case, Microsoft will probably enhance the screens – switch-ups on the aspect ratio and 4K support will likely be implemented.
Aside from this, the Surface Book3 might also opt for more slots and ports at the same time adopting the new USB Type C. When it comes to accessories, updates and enhancements are sure to drop. The Surface Pen, the Surface Keyboard, and the Surface Dial could all be updated before or after the Surface Book 3 breaks new ground.