Surface Book 3: what we want to see

Surface Book 3

Microsoft surprised everyone when it announced its first ever 2-in-1 laptop, the Surface Book. And, its successor, the Surface Book 2, took everything the Surface Book did, and did it better. So, suffice it to say – we’re a bit excited about the idea of the Surface Book 3.

Just think about it, a Surface Book 3 with an even sharper display, more powerful components and the latest in connectivity – the perfect opposition to Apple’s ever-evolving MacBook Pro lineup.

While we don’t have any concrete information about the successor to the Surface Book 2, we can at least partake in some speculation. So, with that in mind, let’s dive into what we think the Surface Book 3 might look like.

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The would-be third Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop
  • When is it out? Likely between September and November 2019
  • What will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – the current model

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Surface Book 3 release date

The Surface Book 2 was released by Microsoft in late 2017. So, if we follow the release pattern of Surface devices that aren’t the Surface Pro, we don’t expect to see a Surface Book 3 until late 2019 at least.

Still, we have no clue when the Surface Book sequel will arrive. All we have to reference is an admittedly dodgy report from Christian Today, citing sources speaking to Gizmolead, reporting that the Surface Book will launch in October. Yeah, basically nothing worthwhile.

We’d be surprised if the Surface Book 3 launched in 2018, but we’ve been wrong before. Until more concrete rumors and leaks show up, we’re expecting to see the follow-up in 2019, or even 2020. 

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Surface Book 3 price

Unfortunately, because there’s no concrete information about the Surface Book 3 right now, we don’t really know anything about its price. However, we can look at the pricing of the Surface Book and the Surface Book 2 and do a bit of speculation.

Right now, thanks to a new lower-storage model, the 13.5 inch Surface Book 2 starts at $1,199 or £1,149, while the 15 inch version still sits at a $2,499 or £2,349 (AU$3,649) price of admission. If you ask us, that’s already enough scratch.

Still, let’s hope and pray that the would-be Surface Book 3 stays well within that price range, as we likely wouldn’t be able to afford much more.

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What we want to see in a Surface Book 3

Since the earlier mentioned Christian Today article claims that the Surface Book 3 will have an Intel ‘Skylake-E processor (i9)’, an ancient line of desktop CPUs, we really can’t rely on it for any kind of solid hardware information. So, all we can do is create a wish list for what we want to see improved in the next Surface Book.

Use the extra space accordingly

Whether it’s through an expanded keyboard with the number pad or top-firing speakers with deep bass chambers, Microsoft has to make better use of the space afforded it with the 15-inch Surface Book design. As of now, it’s simply wasted space waiting to be utilized.

Thunderbolt 3, please

For as flexible as the Surface connector is on today’s Surface Book 2, it's time for Microsoft to collectively move onto Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C. Not only does it offer the fastest throughput for file transfers, Thunderbolt 3 could also serve as a one plug hub for all displays and other peripherals you want to connect. If the Surface Book 3 is to truly compete, it needs to respect this growing standard for its target audience’s sake.

Better power management

One of the fatal flaws of the Surface Book 2 15-inch was it couldn't play games without draining its battery on top of pulling charge through its Surface Connector. While Microsoft might have told us it was designed creatives and not gaming, the same company was the one who gave it a built-in Xbox controller receiver. Whatever or whoever, the next iteration is made for, it should have improved power management as to not dip into its battery reserves for extra juice.

A 4K display would be nice

The current Surface Book 2 display comes in at 3,240 x 2,160 (260 ppi) at a 3:2 aspect ratio within the 15-inch model. It’s an absolutely fantastic screen, but with 4K media assets increasingly becoming the norm, surely digital creators would appreciate a screen that mirrors the sharpness at which they produce content.

All accessories included

For what it’s charging for current – and will charge for future – Surface Book products, Microsoft should include all of the essential accessories in the box. Yes, that includes the awesome Surface Dial alongside the Surface Pen in this case. It’s only fair for what is essentially a luxury item.