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New Surface Pro 8 leak confirms unchanged design, Tiger Lake chip, and Xe graphics

The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 will likely feature an unchanged external design (Image source: Reddit)
The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 will likely feature an unchanged external design (Image source: Reddit)
Following a previous leak a month earlier, a new Surface Pro 8 prototype leak seemingly confirms that Microsoft's latest tablet will feature an unchanged design but will likely leverage the power of Tiger Lake and Xe graphics.

A tipster on Reddit recently shared new images of what appears to be the Microsoft Surface Pro 8. This latest leak confirms what we learned earlier: that the Surface Pro 8 will likely retain an ageing design with massive bezels, while receiving a substantial upgrade to internals. 

For buyers looking to upgrade to a new Surface device, this is mixed news at best. On the one hand, task manager screenshots from the image set confirm that Microsoft is working on a Tiger Lake variant of the Surface. Powered by Gen12 Xe graphics, this means that the Surface Pro 8 could easily enable 1080p gaming at playable framerates. On the other hand, the lack of innovation on the design front raises eyebrows. Apple revamped its iPad lineup not so long ago with substantially thinner bezels and Face ID.

Compared to a new iPad Pro, the yet-to-be-released Surface Pro 8 looks positively ancient. Moreover, if Microsoft decides to stick with the current Surface Pro 7 display, users will miss out on HDR, making for a less satisfying media consumption experience. 

The task manager peek indicates that the Surface Pro 8 will feature a Tiger Lake chip (Image source: Reddit)
The task manager peek indicates that the Surface Pro 8 will feature a Tiger Lake chip (Image source: Reddit)

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2020-11-10 (Update: 2020-11-10)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.