Microsoft Surface Pro 8 prices leak for the US
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The next instalment in the Surface Pro series is due within the next few months, with Microsoft tipped to launch the Surface Laptop 4 simultaneously. Leaked US pricing suggests that the Surface Pro 8 will be another expensive entry in the popular 2-in-1 series, though. According to Roland Quandt, the Surface Pro 8 will start at US$899.99 before any discounts. The entry-level SKU will feature a Core i3 processor, along with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage.
Previous leaks have suggested that Microsoft plans to re-use the chassis from the Surface Pro 7 on the eighth-generation model, so we doubt that the storage will be upgradable as it currently is on the Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro X.
Additionally, LTE SKUs will start at US$1,149.99, while it will cost at least US$1,299.99 for 256 GB of storage. Moreover, Microsoft will charge US$1,499.99 for 16 GB of RAM and US$1,999.99 for a 512 GB SSD. Prices balloon to US$2,399.99 for the Core i7 model with 16 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD, with Microsoft set to charge a further US$400 for the pleasure of 32 GB of RAM.
It seems that all Surface Pro 8 SKUs will come with Intel Tiger Lake-U series processors. An engineering sample that sold on eBay suggests that the Core i7 chipset will be the Core i7-1165G7, which Microsoft will probably complement with the Core i5-1135G7 and Core i3-1115G4. Microsoft is not expected to release an AMD version of the Surface Pro 8, though. Quandt claims that Microsoft will price the Surface Pro 8 as follows in the US:
- Core i3/8 GB/128 GB US$899.99
- Core i5/8 GB/128 GB US$999.99
- Core i5/8 GB/256 GB 1,299.99
- Core i5/16 GB/256 GB US$1,499.99
- Core i7/16 GB/256 GB US$1,599.99
- Core i7/16 GB/512 GB US$1,999.99
- Core i7/16 GB/1 TB US$2,399.99
- Core i7/32 GB/1 TB US$2,799.99
- Core i5/8 GB/128 GB LTE US$1,149.99
- Core i5/8 GB/256 GB LTE US$1,449.99
- Core i5/16 GB/256 GB LTE US$1,649.99
- Core i5/8 GB/128 GB (Educational) US$899.99