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The Surface Pro 7's CPU, RAM, and storage choices are impressive. The Pro 7 is equipped with Intel Core i3-1005G1, Core i5-1035G4, and Core i7-1065G7 processors from the 10th Era "Ice Lake" generation. Our tests discovered that the Pro 7 provides enough power for routine office duties, including email browsing and online surfing.
Meanwhile, the Pro 8 offers the newest quad-core Intel "Tiger Lakes" (11th Gen Core) CPUs: the Core i7-1185G7 and Core i5-1135G7.
Both include integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics, and the Core i7 may be configured with up to 32Gb ram or a 1TB SSD. How so? The Pro 8 is certified by Intel Evo, a marketing initiative designed to assist buyers in identifying potent Windows mobile PCs with extended battery life.
These specifications make the Surface Pro 8 one of the most capable Windows gadgets. It is the logical pick for anyone wishing to future-proof their tablet computing experience.
The Pro 7+ becomes even more aggressive with the Pro 8, as the Pro 8 received a specification jump to 11th Gen Core processors at its mid-cycle upgrade. While the Pro 7+ is geared for business users, Microsoft offers Pro 7 and Pro 7+ on the eCommerce site.
Though these are not the identical Intel SKUs utilized in the Pro 8, we discovered that the Pro 7+ still provides enough computational capability for the jobs it is most likely to undertake.
The most immediately noticeable distinction between the Pro 7 and Pro 8 lies in the latter's physical makeover. The Surface Pro 8 weighs 1.96 pounds and spans 0.38 by 11.4 by 8.2 inches (HWD), whereas the Surface Pro 7 measures 0.34 by 11.6 by 8 inches and weighs 1.74 pounds.
As with the Pro X, the Surface Pro 8 has tiny screen borders (they are popular on various consumer gadgets these days). That results in a 13-inch screen inside a casing almost identical in size and weight to the Pro 7, which features a 12.3-inch screen.
The Pro 8 benefits from years of design experience gained with the standard Surface series, and the svelte Surface Pro X debuted a few years back.
If you're looking for the most compact Surface Pro, the Surface Pro 7 is the winner. However, the improvements are slight, and if you're serious about saving passenger space, you might consider the Surface Go 3, which features a much shorter range and chassis.
We have long argued that Microsoft should combine the Pro and its keypad, as Lenovo and Dell do with many of their detached tablets - but that remains a pipe dream. Both have optional keyboard covers, by the way.
Keep in mind those are full-fledged Microsoft PCs, and you will almost certainly want to use a numerical keypad with them at some point.
The primary benefit of the Pro 8 keyboard cover over the Pro 7 keypad cover is palpable. The Surface Pro 8 supports the full capabilities of the redesigned Slim Pen 2, featuring haptic feedback that simulates the experience of writing and sketching on paper. And this is not just due to the possessor.
Additionally, it has a magnetic slot for the extra Surface Slim Pen 2. Thus, the Pro 8 is a superior option if you often want to utilize a digital pen. The updated Slim Pen 2 is compatible with Pro 7 but without haptic feedback.
Recently, higher-refresh displays have begun to appear on an increasing number of laptops (particularly gaming devices), tablets, and smartphones, ostensibly to provide silkier on-screen motions and a more polished visual experience.
Certain individuals will readily see the differences, while others will not. Apart from the cosmetic alterations and enhancements to the inside components, the Pro 8 has a few minor improvements that may go unnoticed at first look.
For example, the Pro 8 becomes the first tablet to include a 120Hz refresh rate, up from 60Hz on the Pro 7 and many other Windows gadgets.
Furthermore, Microsoft has stated that their Pro 8 would arrive with a 60Hz mode set by default, requiring users to decide to switch to the greater rate. If you're prepared to forego this functionality, the Pro 7 may be better.