Microsoft announces Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3

Microsoft has a pretty popular lineup of computers with its Surface brand, and now the company has just refreshed its two most popular efforts.

The Surface Pro 7 is now official (via The Verge). It retains much of the same design as the Surface Pro it’s replacing, including the 12.3-inch display. The internals have also been upgraded for a new year, but the most important change on the Surface Pro 7 is the inclusion of a USB-C port, which replaces the Mini DisplayPort. The new Surface Pro 7 also retains the Surface Connector.

The Surface Pen and Surface Type Keyboard are still required accessories to get the full Surface Pro experience, but nothing surprising there. Both accessories are still sold separately as well.

Microsoft confirmed that the Surface Pro 7 will launch on Tuesday, October 22, and it will start at $749.

Next up, the new Surface Laptop 3 (via The Verge), which also adopts a USB-C port like the Surface Pro 7. It shares a familiar design with the Surface Laptop 2, however Microsoft is also adding another variant to the mix: a 15-inch model, which will accompany the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 to market later this month.

The devices still have a 3:2 aspect ratio, even the new 15-inch model. The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3 has a 10th-generation Intel Core processor under the hood, and Microsoft says the new processor makes the Surface Laptop 3 twice as fast as the Surface Laptop 2, and three times faster than a MacBook Air.

Meanwhile, the Surface Laptop 3 in the 15-inch variant features a customized AMD processor, what Microsoft calls the “Ryzen Surface Edition”. Microsoft says this chip is “the fastest processor for any laptop in its class today”.

The Surface Laptop 2’s keyboard had 1.5mm key travel, but the Surface Laptop 3 reduces that down to just 1.3mm. The trackpad is 20 percent larger and features Microsoft’s Windows Precision drivers.

Microsoft says the Surface Laptop 3 has a removable hard drive, too, and that the laptop will feature “all-day battery life”.

The 13-inch Surface Laptop 3 will start at $999, while the 15-inch model will start at $1,199. They both go on sale Tuesday, October 22.