It took almost two and a half years, but we finally have the revamped Microsoft Surface Book 3. The most powerful laptop from Microsoft was launched alongside the Surface Go 2 yesterday. Design-wise nothing much has changed, however, the internals come with a lot of improvements. Some major upgrades in the Microsoft Surface Book 3 include Nvidia discrete graphics, 10th Gen Intel processor, and more. So, let’s see the detailed specifications along with the expected price of Microsoft Surface Book 3 in Nepal.
Microsoft Surface Book 3 Overview
The Surface laptops are targeted specifically for creators and designers. And the current setup is no different. One can configure their surface book with the Nvidia Quadro RTX 300 for extra GPU power. For professionals working with 3D objects and CAD designs, this setup helps to significantly reduces the render time. Let’s dive further in what the Microsoft Surface Book 3 is all about.
As mentioned above, design-wise nothing much has changed from the previous iteration of the Surface Books. The current laptop retains the silver color scheme and the fulcrum hinge. This hinge has been a distinctive feature of the Surface Books and it helps in safely connecting the tablet and the keyboard. However, this also prevents the laptop from closing flat.
Two models of the Surface Book 3 will be available for buyers. One with a 13.5-inch screen with 3000 x 2000 pixels resolution and another with a 15-inch screen with 3240 x 2160 pixels resolution. They both come with the PixelSense touch screen which we had seen the Surface Book 2.
Sticking to the touch screen feature, the current Surface Book supports 10-point touch tracking. That means, its screen supports touch from all the fingers of your hand. Moreover, it also supports Surface Pen and Surface Dial. However, they need to be bought separately.
Processor and Graphics
Under the hood is where the magic happens in the Surface Book 3. The laptop is configure with the 10th Gen Intel Ice Lake processor. For the 13.5-inch model, you can choose between a Core i5 (base) model or Core i7 (higher-end) model. However, with the 15-inch model, you have a single option with Core i7. Claim is that the 10 Gen improves the power of the laptop by 50%.
You can configure the laptop with up to 32GB of RAM. In terms of the storage, the 13.5-inch model come with 256GB, but it can be upgraded to 1TB. Similarly, for the 15-inch model, the storage starts with 256GB and goes up to 2TB. Microsoft says that it is the fastest SSD that they have ever shipped.
Graphics in the base model of the Surface Book 3 has been upped from the standard Intel UHD graphics to the Intel Iris Plus. However, the 13.5-inch model can be configured with Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Max Q and 4GB GDDR5 memory. Similarly, the 15-inch model can be configured with GeForce 1660 Ti and 6GB GDDR6 memory.
The Nvidia graphics improves the gaming as well as the multimedia capabilities of the device. Moreover, on the 15-inch model, users can play top Xbox Game Pass for PC titles at FHD. That too at 60 fps.
These graphics cards are housed in the detachable keyboard. So, once you detach the tablet remains slim but you won’t be able to take benefits of the higher graphics in tablet mode. Oh, and before I forget, there’s an Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 configuration available for the 15-inch model too. It is specifically designed for higher education and will be the most expensive model in the lineup.
Battery and Connectivity
Both tablet and the keyboard have their separate battery. The laptop mode will offer the biggest battery life as both the batteries will be in use. Estimation is that the 13.5-inch model boasts 15.5 hours of battery and the 15-inch one boasts 17.5 hours of battery (with keyboards attached). Microsoft has not yet specified the details of the battery life in the tablet mode.
As for the connectivity, the Microsoft Surface Book 3 ships with Wi-Fi 6 with an 802.11ax compatible wireless card and supports Bluetooth 5.0. One additional feature exclusive to the 15-inch Surface Book 3 is that you’ll be able to use a wireless Xbox controller on it without a USB adapter.
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 (13.5-inch)||Microsoft Surface Book 3 (15-inch)|
|Screen||13.5-inch, 3000 x 2000 pixels resolution||15-inch, 3420 x 2160 pixels resolution|
|CPU||Core i5-1035G7/i7-1065G7||Core i7-1065G7|
|GPU||Intel Iris Plus, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650||Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti, Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000|
|RAM||8G, 16GB, 32GB||16GB, 32GB|
|Storage||256GB, 512GB, 1TB||256GB, 512GB, 1TB, 2TB|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0||Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, Xbox wireless controller support|
|Battery||15.5 hours (keyboard attached)||17.5 hours (keyboard attached)|
|Ports||2 x USB Type-A, 1 x USB Type-C, SD card, 3.5mm headphone jack||2 x USB Type-A, 1 x USB Type-C, SD card, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Cameras||5MP front, 8MP back||5MP front, 8MP back|
|Audio||Dual far-field mics, Front-facing stereo with Dolby Atmos||Dual far-field mics, Front-facing stereo with Dolby Atmos|
Microsoft Surface Book 3 Price in Nepal and Availability [expected]
The pre-order of the Microsoft Surface Nook 3 started from May 6, however, they will be available for purchase only from May 21. Its price starts at $1,599 for the 13.5-inch model with 10th Gen Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and Intel Iris Plus graphics. You’ll have to fork out an extra $400 for the Core i7 model with 16GB RAM and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 graphics. Similarly, the starting price of the 15-inch model with 10th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 256GB storage, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660Ti is $2,299. For $2,799 you’ll get 32GB RAM and 512GB storage. Finally, for the special 15-inch model with Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000 graphics, you’ll have to pay $3,499.
|Model||Price in Nepal [Expected]|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5″ (Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Iris Plus graphics)||NPR. 190,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5″ (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650)||NPR. 240,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5″ (Core i7, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650)||NPR. 300,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 13.5″ (Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650)||NPR. 320,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 15″ (Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650)||NPR. 270,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 15″ (Core i7, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650)||NPR. 340,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 15″ (Core i7, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650)||NPR. 360,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 15″ (Core i7, 32GB RAM, 2TB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650)||NPR. 410,000|
|Microsoft Surface Book 3 15″ (pro-grade Nvidia Quadro RTX 3000)||NPR. 420,000|