Microsoft Surface Pro 8 vs. Surface Pro X: Which Is Best?
Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the new Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro X. There are a lot of similarities between the two, but also some key differences that make one better than the other. Essentially what you can get with Surface Pro 8 is pretty much the same things you could get from the 7th Gen plus a few bonuses thrown in. Learn about all these features in our article below.
Microsoft has made some of the most revolutionary products in the world of computers and tablets. The newest model of their Surface lineup of computers is the Pro 8 and Pro X. It’s probably not surprising that these two newcomers to the market would be perfect for digital artists, gamers, and people who do a lot on their computer.
What is a Surface Pro?
The Surface Pro is a tablet with an optional detachable keyboard. It does everything you would expect from a computer and more. Create, design, and work anywhere with Office 365.
Who has been upgraded from the 7th generation to 8th generation?
The Surface Pro 8 is Microsoft’s newest Surface Pro. It was the first device of its kind to be upgraded from the 7th generation to 8th generation. If you are looking for a replacement to your previous device, this could pose an issue.
Who has been upgraded from the 8th generation to 9th generation?
The new 9th Generation Microsoft Surface Pro tablet is quite an upgrade with a 16 hour battery life, detachable keyboard for easier working on the go, and touch screens made of durable Gorilla Glass. This new Surface looks like something that will catch up to Apple’s iPads quickly if not leap over them regarding quality.
Who has been upgraded from the 8th generation to 10th generation?
Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is the recommended option for consumers who are just beginning to explore this device category, as it’s both cheaper and stronger than the Pro X. The Apple iPad Air is also a strong contender, but it lacks Microsoft Office compatibility, versatility in screen size adjustment, the ability to use the pen as an input method, and more RAM.
Who has not been updated at all?
The Surface Pro 8 has been updated with a Harman Kardon audio system and improved 360 degrees display unlike the Surface Pro X. There is also an updated pen and mircosoft surface pro 8128g ram.
We’ll be seeing many new 2-in-1 tablets by Microsoft with the Windows 11 launch on October 5. The annual Surface event revealed a number of new devices, including the Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop Studio 3, Surface Go 3, and Surface Pro X.
You might wonder what the differences are between the Surface Pro 8 and the Surface Pro X, so you can go online to purchase one. There are many differences between the Surface Pro 8 & Surface Pro X.
Although they may look identical on the outside, with the same Type of Covers and slim bezels, the inside is quite different. Let’s take a look at the Surface Pro 8 and how it compares to Surface Pro X in terms of design, performance, portability, etc.
The most important aspect of all is the price. The Surface Pro 8, as well as the Surface Pro X, are both expensive. After taxes and fees, you’ll spend more than $1,000 for either of these devices. We recommend the Surface Go 3 if you are on a tight budget.
The price of the new Surface Pro 8 is $1,099 This price includes the tablet and the Type Cover keyboard. This price is for the entry-level model, which has an Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB RAM. It also includes 128GB storage.
The new Surface Pro X is a little cheaper. The price starts at $900 for the configuration with the Microsoft SQ1 processor and 8GB RAM, 128GB storage. It’s $200 less than the MSQ1 processor, and you can save some money by purchasing a Type Cover as well as a Surface Slim Pen for the best experience.
Both cases allow you to change the storage of the Pro 8 or Pro X later since the SSD can be removed. You’ll have to think about how you intend to use the devices. The Pro 8 runs all applications and is powered by an Intel processor. The Pro X uses a Microsoft ARM-based custom processor. It emulates apps so performance may not be optimal for all users. This is important to remember.
The new Surface Pro X is on par with the Pro 8 in terms of design. These are both slim-looking devices with slim bezels. You’ll get a tablet that is portable, stylish and allows you to multitask.
The Surface Pro 8 weighs in at 1.96 lbs and is 0.37 inches thick. Surface Pro X is 1.7 lbs and 0.28 inches thick. The Pro X may be thinner and lighter than Pro 8, but you won’t notice it immediately.
Both devices come in different colors. The Pro 8 is available in graphite or platinum. The Pro X is available in matte black or platinum. The Pro X comes in either matte black or platinum.
Another differentiating factor between the Pro 8 and Pro X is the display. Yes, both 2-in-1’s have a display with slim bezels, but the technology under that display can shape up to be very different based on how you use your device.
The Pro 8 and the Pro X both sport a 13-inch, 2880 x 1920 resolution display with 267 pixels per inch (PPI). Both displays come in the 3:2 aspect ratio and support 10-point touch and the Surface Pen. The difference is that the Pro 8 has some newer features inside the display panel.
The Pro 8 has a special Microsoft processor on the motherboard that supports Windows 11’s haptics. This means that if you buy a Surface Slim Pen 2, you’ll be able to enjoy haptic feedback and get more of a true pen-on-paper experience when you draw or write. This isn’t a feature that you’ll find on the Surface Pro 8, so if inking is important for you, then the Pro 8 might be the better buy.
The Pro 8 has another unique feature in its display. Like gaming laptops, the screen can push to a 120Hz refresh rate in certain situations. That means you’ll be able to experience smoother scrolling, as well as smoother drawing on its screen.
If you’re after a better inking experience or are the creative type who needs accuracy when drawing on the screen, then the Pro 8 is for you. Otherwise, the Pro X is the best buy in terms of display.
When it comes to performance, the Surface Pro X and Surface Pro 8 are on opposite ends of the spectrum. The Pro X sports Microsoft’s custom SQ1 or SQ2 ARM-based processor under the hood, and the Pro 8 comes with Intel’s latest 11th-generation processors. Both devices are powered by Windows 11.
This choice in CPUs means big performance differences. With Intel processors inside, the Surface Pro 8 will not have any issues running your favorite apps. In fact, Microsoft says that with the 11th-generation processors under the hood, the device can be twice as fast as the Surface Pro 7, delivering over 40% higher sustained CPU performance and 74% faster sustained graphics performance. We’ll need to test that, however.
The Pro 8 also has Thunderbolt 4 support, allowing you to connect to dual monitors without a dock, enjoy faster data transfer speeds, and connect external GPUs. So if you need raw performance, then the Pro 8 is right for you.
The Surface Pro X, on the other hand, is powered by an ARM-based processor. Like Apple’s M1 Macbooks, you need to deal with app emulation. Microsoft tweaked Windows 11 to support both 64-bit and 32-bit apps emulation, so most apps should run fine now on the device. But you’ll need to keep in mind that things aren’t running natively like on the Pro 8.
Microsoft did tweak its own apps to run natively on the Surface Pro X, but if you’re wanting to game or edit videos and photos, the Pro 8 might be the better buy for compatibility reasons.
We’ll end by mentioning portability. On this front, the Pro X and Pro 8 are quite close. We already touched on the weight aspect earlier, but when it comes to battery life and ports, the devices are neck and neck with each other.
On both tablets, you get two USB-C ports, as well as Surface Connect. Note that on the Pro 8, the USB-C ports support Thunderbolt 4, but this isn’t an option on the Pro X. The Pro 8 also has a headphone jack, but the Pro X does not.
Both devices have Windows Hello webcams. The front cameras are both 1080p and 5 megapixels, and the rear is 10 megapixels. There are even dual far-field mics on both devices. As far as battery life, expect up to 15 hours on the Pro X and up to 16 hours on the Pro 8. Of course, we’ll need to test that Microsoft claim in our labs.
Unlike the other Pro X models, the new Surface Pro X does not have LTE coverage, but it will still benefit from instant wake from sleep, as well as extended battery life, a perk of the ARM-based chips inside the device. Microsoft also offers the Pro 8 with an LTE option, if it is needed, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon x20 LTE modem inside.
The Pro 8 wins for most
Though it is more expensive, the Surface Pro 8 should be the best device for most people. It has an advanced display that supports haptics with the new Surface Slim Pen 2, as well as a faster 120Hz refresh rate, and its Intel processors should mean maximum performance. The Pro X, meanwhile, is a lot cheaper, and it benefits from a slimmer weight and the efficiency of an ARM-based processor.
There are a number of factors you will need to weigh up when making your purchase, such as the desired operating system, processor rate, and screen size. It’s all down to personal preference which one will be best for you!