New Surface Pro X launch date, specs and price: everything we know so far

Microsoft held its Fall 2021 event on September 22, revealed a fresh lineup of Surface products, and introduced a new Surface Pro X  2-in-1 device. 

Pre-orders are now live for the other newly-announced products in the Surface range, but we only know that the new Surface Pro X will be releasing in 2022, and it isn’t currently available for pre-order. Given it’s shipping with Windows 11, we were expecting a sale date after October 5 (the launch date for Windows 11), but 2022 could mean a wait of anything from a few months to over a year. 

Microsoft’s redesigned Surface Pro 8 sets the new bar for Windows tablets

Microsoft announced three new Surface tablets on Wednesday, including a larger, more powerful Surface Pro 8, a new Surface Go 3 that boasts options for a faster Intel Core i3 processor, and an updated Surface Pro X. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 boasts Thunderbolt ports for the first time, integrated LTE, Slim Pen integrated storage and charging, as well as a new display that can run at up to 120Hz.

The new updates to Microsoft’s tablet lineup are on par with what we expected from this Surface launch, with Windows 11 looming on October 5, though Microsoft’s quick pace of recent tablet introductions means that there’s not as much of a performance gap as with prior generations.

Surface Pro 8

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 will go on sale today, and ship on Oct. 5. Prices will begin at $1,100, and go up to $2,600 for consumers.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7+ for Business tops our list of the best Windows tablets, as did 2020’s Surface Pro 7 for consumers. Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 8 improves over both, inside and out. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7+ and the new Surface Pro 8 both use Intel’s 11th-gen Core chips, though the Surface Pro 8 boasts more powerful processor options—topping out at a Core i7-1185G7, versus the Core i7-1165G7 found on the Surface Pro 7+. Naturally, the Surface Pro 8 includes options to run Windows 11, too.

However, the new Surface Pro 8 is arguably defined more by its external features, a welcome update to a Surface Pro lineup that has remained somewhat static in its look and feel for several years. Interestingly, Microsoft disclosed that the Surface Pro 8 is part of Intel’s Evo platform, reserved for special, intensive collaboration between Intel’s engineers and the laptop manufacturer.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 Mark Hachman / IDG

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8, with the pen cubby exposed.

Here, Microsoft is introducing a slightly larger 13-inch (2,880x 1,920) multitouch “PixelSense Flow” display that preserves the 3:2 screen ratio, versus the 12.3-inch (2736×1824) displays we’ve traditionally expected as part of the Surface Pro lineup. Microsoft says the screen will run up to 120Hz, a first for the Surface tablets, designed around the new Dynamic Refresh Rate technology that Microsoft implemented for smoother e-ink experiences. The Surface Pro 8’s display is up to 12.5 percent brighter (versus what, we don’t know) with an ambient sensor that will detect both external lighting and color to adjust the display accordingly. Finally, Microsoft has added Dolby Vision HDR support, not surprising given the AutoHDR feature that’s arriving with Windows 11.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 8 also includes a pair of Thunderbolt 4 ports, indicative of how its Surface Pro X tablet has influenced the design of the Surface lineup.

As it did during the transition between USB-A and USB-C ports, Microsoft is treading lightly here. In addition to the two Thunderbolt 4 ports, the Surface Pro 8 tablet still includes a Surface Connect port. This will presumably allow the Surface Pro 8 to charge itself either via the included 65W Surface charger, or via a more conventional USB-C charger—Microsoft said that you’ll be able to quick-charge your Surface Pro 8 to 80 percent in “just over an hour,” with a total of 16 hours of available battery life. The addition of Thunderbolt 4 also means that users will have a choice between the pricey Surface Dock and the broader ecosystem of Thunderbolt docks, as well.

Physically, the Surface Pro 8 is surprisingly a bit smaller than its predecessor, even with the larger screen—that likely means that the bezels have shrunk significantly. But at 1.96 pounds, it’s also slightly heavier. Black isn’t a color option this time around, with Platinum and Graphite as the available choices.

Microsoft’s new Surface Pro Signature Keyboards now include a pen cubby, another way in which the Surface Pro X paved the way for the Surface Pro 8. Here, Microsoft’s cubby hides and charges the new Surface Slim Pen 2 (sold separately). The pen has haptic motor inside that simulates the way in which real pens interact with paper. The Surface Slim Pen 2 will also offer greater precision and lower latency when inking compared with its predecessor, the Surface Slim Pen, Microsoft said, sensing up to 4,096 levels of pressure. Microsoft didn’t reveal key details, such as the charging time and battery life of the Slim Pen 2. However, Microsoft did say that the new haptic experiences will only be available with the Surface Pro 8 and its stunning new Surface Laptop Studio.

Microsoft Surface Slim Pen 2 Mark Hachman / IDG

A closeup of the Surface Slim Pen 2.

We do know, however, that the new Surface Pro Signature Keyboards will still be sold separately, as well as the Slim Pen 2. You’ll still have the option to use older Surface Pro Type Covers with the new Surface Pro 8, but you obviously won’t be able to take advantage of the new pen cubby or charging features with those.

Finally, there a few other subtle bonuses: Cellular connectivity appears on the majority of the Surface Pro 8 models, though there’s still a Wi-Fi only option on the low end of Surface Pro 8 commercial offerings. Inside the Surface Pro 8 is a Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, supporting both removable SIM and eSIMs. Microsoft doesn’t list a SIM slot among its port selection, however, so it’s possible only eSIMs will be supported. 

Microsoft’s Surface cameras have been beefed up too, with a more powerful 10 megapixel rear camera. Interestingly, Microsoft has taken the user-facing camera and has added sensors that adjust for exposure and color. In other words, the display will now expose your camera during a Teams call properly, lighting your face to best advantage. The Surface Pro 8 also includes a color sensor that will adjust the display’s color to compensate for the ambient light, a nifty touch.

Microsoft doesn’t appear to have made many other changes to the Surface Pro 8 hardware, especially in terms of memory and storage—though only the low-end 128GB and 256GB SSDs are removeable. We’ve included what we know of the Surface Pro 8 specifications, below. Feel free to review our Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ review from 2021 and our Microsoft Surface Pro 7 review from 2020 for additional detail.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 specifications

  • Display: 13-inch PixelSense Flow (2880×1920, 267 PPI)
  • Processor: Consumer: (Core i5-1135G7, Core i7-1185G7) Commercial: (Core i3-1115G4, Core i5-1145G7, Core i7-1185G7)
  • Graphics: UHD (Core i3), Iris Xe (Core i5, i7)
  • Memory: 8/16/32GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB removable SSD; 512GB/1TB
  • Ports: 2 USB-C (USB 4.0/Thunderbolt 4), 1 Surface Connect port, Surface Type Cover Port, 3.5mm jack
  • Security: Camera (Windows Hello)
  • Camera: 5MP/1080p (user-facing), 10MP (rear-facing)
  • Battery: “Up to 16 hours of battery life”
  • Wireless: WiFi 6 (802.11ax), Bluetooth 5.1; LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66
  • Operating system: Consumer: Windows 11 Home; Business: Windows 10 Pro or Windows 11 Pro
  • Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.37in.
  • Weight: 1.96lb
  • Color: Platinum, Graphite
  • Price: Starting at $1,099.99
  • Optional accessories: Surface Pro Signature Keyboard, Surface Slim Pen 2

Microsoft Surface Pro 8 prices

  • Core i5/8GB RAM/128 GB SSD: $1,099.99 USD (Platinum)
  • Core i5/8/256: $1,199.99 (Platinum, Graphite)
  • Core i5/8/512: $1,399.99 (Platinum, Graphite)
  • Core i5/16/256 – $1,399.99 (Platinum, Graphite)
  • Core i7/16/256 – $1,599.99 (Platinum, Graphite)
  • Core i7/16/512 – $1,899.99 (Platinum, Graphite)
  • Core i7/16/1TB – $2,199.99 (Platinum)
  • Core i7/32/1TB – $2,599.99 (Platinum)

Microsoft Surface Go 3

The most noteworthy feature of the new Surface Go 3 is its updated processor, which now includes a quad-core 10th-gen Core i3 in addition to a dual-core 10th-gen Pentium Gold 6500Y processor. If you’re willing to risk owning a Windows tablet with just 4GB of RAM (we wouldn’t) then prices will start at $399.99 and go up from there. Otherwise, the Pentium Gold model with 8GB of memory is $549.99. You can preorder today, with delivery on Oct. 5.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 Mark Hachman / IDG

Microsoft’s Surface Go 3 now has a more powerful processor option: a 10th-gen Core chip.

Interestingly, Microsoft’s LTE options now extend down to the minimum configurations, too, rather than remaining a premium offering. Microsoft executives said that had been a customer request for the Go 3, which is now seen as a PC for individuals within a family, rather than sharing a family PC. There’s a new 256GB storage option. But Windows 10 S—sorry, Windows 11 S—is still the default consumer OS.

Otherwise, the Surface Go 3 appears to be largely unchanged from its predecessor, the Surface Go 2—an otherwise nifty little tablet that still had some price/performance issues in its previous generation.

Microsoft Surface Go 3 specifications

  • Display: 10.5-inch (1920×1280, 220 ppi), 3:2 aspect ratio PixelSense display with 10-point touch; Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Gold 6500Y/Core i3-10100Y
  • Graphics: UHD 615
  • Memory: 4GB or 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB eMMC/128GB-256GB SSD
  • Ports: USB-C, Surface Connect, microSD, 3.5mm jack, optional nanoSIM tray
  • Camera: 5MP (1080p) user-facing, Windows Hello; 8MP (1080p) rear-facing, with autofocus
  • Battery: up to 11 hours of use
  • Wireless: 802.11 ax (Wi-Fi 6); Bluetooth 5.0; Qualcomm LTE Advanced X16 modem
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home in S mode (consumer); Windows 10 Pro (commercial channels)
  • Dimensions (inches): 9.65 x 6.9 x 0.33 inches (8.3mm)
  • Weights (per Microsoft): 1.2 pounds with Wi-Fi, 1.22 with LTE (not counting Type Cover)
  • Color: Silver
  • Optional accessories: Surface Go 2 Signature Type Cover in Platinum ($130), Black ($100), Poppy Red ($130), and Ice Blue ($130); Surface Pen ($100 for Ice Blue or Poppy Red), Microsoft USB-C Travel Hub ($100)
  • Price: $399.99 and up

Microsoft Surface Go 3 prices

  • Pentium Gold/4GB RAM/64GB SSD, WiFi: $399.99
  • Pentium Gold/8GB/128GB, WiFi: $549.00
  • Core i3/8GB/128GB, WiFi: $629.99
  • Pentium Gold/4GB/64GB, LTE: $499.99
  • Core i3/8GB/128GB, LTE: $729.99

Microsoft Surface Pro X

Microsoft’s Surface Pro X tablet has been left largely unchanged since its launch in 2019 and the somewhat middling review of the Surface Pro X we handed out later. Since then, it’s been updated with a faster SQ2 processor in 2020.

Now, in late 2021, Microsoft is adding a Wi-Fi only option to its former LTE lineup. Microsoft would also like you to know that Windows 11 on ARM includes 64-bit X86 emulation by default now, so Windows emulation problems on Arm chips should hopefully go away, mostly. We’re told that some apps still won’t work because of incompatible graphics drivers.

We’ve included the specifications of the Surface Pro X below, followed by the new prices. The Surface Pro X can be preordered today and will ship on Oct. 5.

Microsoft Surface Pro X specifications

  • Display: 13-inch (2880×1920) PixelSense display, multi-touch
  • Processor: Microsoft SQ1 or SQ2
  • Graphics: Microsoft SQ1 Adreno 685/SQ 2 Adreno 690
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB SSD
  • Ports: 2 USB-C, 1 Surface Connect, 1 optional nanoSIM, Surface keyboard connector
  • Camera: 5MP/1080p (user facing); 10MP autofocus with 1080p/4K video options
  • Battery: up to 15 hours of use
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi5/802.11ac; Bluetooth 5; Snapdragon X24 LTE modem with nanoSIM or eSIM
  • Operating system: Windows 10 Home onArm
  • Dimensions (inches): 11.3 x 8.2 x 0.28 in.
  • Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Color: Black, Platinum
  • Optional accessories: Surface Pro X Signature Keyboard with Slim Pen Bundle ($270)
  • Price: $899.99 on up

Surface Pro X pricing

  • SQ1/8GB/128GB SSD, WiFi: $899.99 USD (Platinum)
  • SQ1/8GB/128GB, LTE: $999.99 USD (Black)
  • SQ1/8GB/256GB, WiFi: $1,099.99 USD (Platinum)
  • SQ1/8GB/256GB, LTE: $1,249.99 USD (Black)
  • SQ2/16GB/256GB, WiFi: $1,299.99 USD (Platinum)
  • SQ2/16GB/256GB, LTE: $1,449.99 USD (Platinum, Black)
  • SQ2/16GB/512GB, WiFi: $1,499.99 USD (Platinum)
  • SQ2/16GB/512GB LTE: $1,649.99 USD (Platinum, Black)

Accessory pricing

Microsoft also provided prices for its various accessories, including the new Surface Slim Pen 2, a standalone Slim Pen 2 charger, the new Signature Keyboards, and more. A new Ocean Plastic Mouse is made of 20 percent plastic that Microsoft and its partners reclaimed from the ocean—not oceangoing plastic like some competitors use, but actual plastic reclaimed from the ocean.

Microsoft Ocean Plastic Mouse Mark Hachman / IDG

Microsoft’s Ocean Plastic Mouse has an interesting sand/soapy texture.

  • Surface Slim Pen 2: $129.99
  • Surface Slim Pen Charger: $34.99
  • Surface Pro Signature Keyboard w/ Slim Pen 2 Bundle: $279.99
  • Surface Pro Signature Keyboard: $179.99 (Alcantara Ice Blue, Poppy Red, Platinum, Black)
  • Surface Pro Keyboard: $139.99
  • Surface Go Signature Type Cover: $129.99 (Alcantara Ice Blue, Poppy Red, Platinum)
  • Surface Go Type Cover: $99.99 (Black microfiber)
  • Ocean Plastic Mouse: $24.99

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Surface Adaptive Kit shows Microsoft is serious about accessibility

The Microsoft Fall 2021 Event is over and we saw lots of incredible new devices, but one of our favorite new offerings from Microsoft isn’t a device, it’s the Surface Adaptive Kit, which we got to see up close at a press event earlier this week in New York City.

The Surface Adaptive Kit features several sets of adhesive bump labels to provide better touch sensing for key caps, including translucent labels that don’t obscure the keys, port indicator labels, and opener support for those with motor disabilities.

Microsoft Surface Go 3: price, features and everything we know

As we expected, Microsoft announced the Surface Go 3 at its Fall 2021 hardware event. We’d seen an influx of rumors recently, which made the likely hood of an appearance likely, so we were pleased to see the affordable 2-in-1 device get an update.

Toting up to 10th generation Intel processors, and with Windows 11 pre-installed, the Surface Go 3 looks like it could be an ideal device for students, or anyone who likes the look of the Surface Pro 8 (which was also announced at the event), but doesn’t want to pay the premium price tag of Microsoft’s flagship device.

How to watch the Carabao Cup on TV & online

The Carabao Cup was one of the very few competitions to be unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic during the 2019-20 season and is back in 2021 for more inter-league action. If you want to know how to watch it on TV or stream online then you’ve come to the right place.

Which Carabao Cup games are on TV?

Here are the upcoming Carabao Cup fixtures with dates and UK kick-off times. If the game is being broadcast on TV we’ll also include which channel it’s on.

Wed 22 Sept (third round)

  • Brighton vs Swansea – KO 19.30
  • Arsenal vs AFC Wimbledon – KO 19:45
  • Chelsea vs Aston Villa – KO 19:45
  • Manchester United vs West Ham – KO 19:45 – Sky Sports Main Event/Football
  • Millwall vs Leicester City – KO 19:45
  • Wolves vs Spurs – KO 19:45 

How to watch the Carabao Cup on Sky Sports

Sky Sports has exclusive rights to the Carabao Cup in the UK, so you’ll need to pay a fee in order to watch the match. Sky Sports will show two live matches from the first round to the fifth round, both semi-finals and the Carabao Cup final.

Existing Sky Q customers with a Sky Sports package can also tune into games on TV or online via Sky Go.

The cheapest standalone plan currently costs £18 a month, or you can get all the Sky Sports channels at a reduced price of £23pm for 18 months. See the full range of subscriptions on the Sky website

How to watch the Carabao Cup via Now

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However, if you don’t want to commit to a Sky Sports subscription, there is another option. The Sky-owned Now streaming service (previously Now TV) offers access to the channels as and when you need it, making it a great option if you just want to watch the Carabao Cup final. 

Now is available on a wide range of devices including smartphones and games consoles and now offers HD quality if you buy the Now TV Boost option.

Your options are a Day Pass (24 hours of access) from £9.99 but it’s going to make much more sense to get the Month Pass if you plan to also watch the Premier League or any other live sport. 

This costs £33.99pm, but Sky is throwing in Now TV Boost (usually £3pm) at no extra cost. As well as HD quality, this will also allow to to stream on up to three devices simultaneously, as opposed to two without. 

Click here to view Now’s Sky Sports Pass packages

For more information, there’s a full guide to Carabao Cup fixtures and results on the EFL website

How to watch the Carabao Cup abroad

If you’re a British viewer living abroad (or planning to travel at some point) and you still want to watch using your existing UK services, then you can also use a VPN to ‘browse from the UK’ and access both your Sky Sports and Now subscriptions. 

Nord VPN is one of our top recommendations, but you can check out our best VPN chart, which shows you some of the best services for accessing UK content from abroad. 

Want more football? Here’s how to watch the Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League

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Microsoft announces Surface Go 3, Surface Laptop Studio, Surface Pro 8 and more ahead of Windows 11 launch

Microsoft has officially announced a huge range of new Surface products, bringing long-awaited updates to its existing products (such as the Surface Pro 8), along with a few genuine surprises as well.

The most eye-catching launch was the Surface Laptop Studio, which is a laptop aimed at creatives with a 14.4-inch touchscreen that can be pulled out and angled to turn it into a digital canvas. The screen comes with a ‘PixelSense’ resolution of 2,400 x 1,600 and up to 120Hz refresh rate.

AMD Ryzen processors are getting a performance boost on Linux

Chip giant AMD has shared details about a new driver that promises to improve the performance of its Zen-based processors on Linux.

According to reports, the new driver is the result of a joint collaboration between AMD and Valve, with the two companies toiling to enhance performance and power efficiency reportedly in preparation for the launch of the Steam Deck, Valve’s Zen 2-based take on portable gaming.