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  • Microsoft Surface Book 3 unveiled with more power inside
  • Microsoft Surface Book 3 ideal for professionals
  • Surface Book 3 debuts not long after 13--inch MacBook Pro

Microsoft has unveiled a slew of new products headlined by the Microsoft Surface Book 3. This will be the company's latest refresh for the device from two years ago. Though it hardly shows key changes on the outside, the real story of the two-in-one solution is from within. Ironically, the newest laptop was revealed not long after Apple launched its 13-inch MacBook Pro variants.

Considered the most powerful laptop from Microsoft, the Surface  Book 3 will come in two different sizes - a 13.5- and 15-inch version. The laptops are a bit thick but not that heavy to carry. A reason for the thickness is because of the slope. It comes in two parts - a keyboard and the display (technically the tablet itself), per Microsoft.com. The display includes a battery and the GPU.

The 13.5-inch variant of the Microsoft Surface Book 3 comes with a 3,000 x2,000 PixelSense touchscreen display with 267 PPI. The 15-inch variant bumps the resolution up a bit with a 3,240x2160 PixelSense touchscreen display. Curiously, it has a lower PPI at 260 but has a 10-point multi-touch feature.

But the real meat of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the components from within. The 13.5-inch model is available either with an Intel Core i5-1035G7 or Core i7-1065G7 processor, graphics options will depend on which of the two CPUs a buyer would get. The base memory starts at 8 GB but is upgradeable up to 32 GB. Storage options include 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB PCIe solid-state drives.

The 15-inch model will relay on a quad-core 10th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. Buyers get to choose between an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 graphics or NVIDIA Quadra RTX 3000 graphics. Customers can also choose between a 16 GB or 32 GB RAM while storage configurations are almost the same with the 13-inch model except that it has a 2TB PCIe solid-state drives.

Aside from those, both Microsoft Surface Book 3 models offer the same remaining specs. That includes two 3.1 USB-A ports, a USB-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, two Surface Connect ports, and a full-sized SDXC card reader. Both are compatible with the Surface Dial and include a front-facing Windows Hello face authentication camera. There is a 5 MP camera at the front and an 8 MP rear camera. Both are capable of recording 1080 HD video, Apple Insider reported.

The 13.5-inch Microsoft Surface Pro pricing starts at $1,599 while the 15-inch model is pegged at $2,299. Both come with Windows 10 Home edition once shipped.

Surface Book 2 The Surface Book 2 comes with an improved fulcrum hinge, but still has the same bump when closed. Photo: Microsoft