Behind the design: Meet Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Pro X
Published Oct 02 2019 08:30 AM 32K Views

Today we revealed updates to the Surface device portfolio for the commercial channel, including Surface Laptop 3, Surface Pro 7, and Surface Pro X.

If you’re a tech enthusiast seeking an inside look behind the design of these new devices with complete specifications, you’ll also want to watch our Microsoft Mechanics deep dive with Jochen Siegl, Senior Director on the Surface engineering team, to get the backstory and details of this newest round of Surface devices.




With today’s announcements, we have added two new devices to the Surface portfolio. We now have a 15-inch display option for the new Surface Laptop 3. The Surface Pro X is a new ARM-based device with built-in LTE and next generation Surface Pen. We have also made major updates to Surface Laptop 3 with 13.5-inch display and Surface Pro 7.




Shared innovation

Each new Surface is designed with purposeful innovation across every detail. The fit and finish is a signature of the Surface lineup and with every generation we are balancing battery life, portability and comfort with premium design so that we can get you into your flow as fast as possible and have the tech just fade into the background.


There are new color options for more personalization and new material options with both Alcantara and full metal keyboard covers offered on the Surface Laptop.




Surface devices featuring Intel mobile processors share many updates, including:

  • Quad core, 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 mobile processors on Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop device lines.
  • Power efficient LP DDR 4x memory on our Intel devices with up to 16 GB RAM Surface Pro 7 and up to 32 GB RAM on Surface Laptop 3.
  • Premium sound with our best-ever, dual Studio Microphone array that removes background noise and allows for crisp Teams calls and seamless dictation of voice commands.
  • USB Type-C 3.1 is standard on all devices and replaces the mini display ports. These ports are now capable of driving two 4k monitors at 60Hz.
  • Updated Windows Hello infrared cameras to optimize sign-on experience.



Increased chipset diversity

One major theme you’ll notice with this round of updates are the additional processor options for Surface Laptop and Surface Pro X. The 15-inch Surface Laptop 3 now offers a new AMD Ryzen Microsoft Surface Edition for retail channels and Surface Pro X runs on the new Microsoft SQ1 ARM chipset co-designed with Qualcomm to enhance mobility, performance, and connectivity.




Surface Laptop 3 redesigned from the inside out

Keeping the same design on the outside that everyone loves, Surface Laptop 3 is completely redesigned on the inside and delivers much faster performance with no added weight or thickness. It’s been redesigned to further improve serviceability, enabling a Microsoft Authorized Service Provider to easily remove or replace solid-state drives. The 2496 x 1664 resolution PixelSense display is brighter than and consumes less power.




Surface Laptop now offers a full metal finish including the keyboard cover. In addition to the two Alcantara color options offered with the 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 3, there are now two additional full metal color choices available in both 15-inch and 13.5-inch devices.


The typing experience on the backlit keyboard is also optimized for readability in various lighting conditions, making it quieter and more comfortable than before. We have also added accessibility bumps on F4, F8, and power button keys to further improve the experience.


Our 2-in-1 form factor reimagined: Surface Pro X

Surface Pro X is the thinnest ever Surface Pro at 7.3mm and features an all new backlit keyboard with a wireless charging for the new Surface Pen. And there are two USB Type-C ports and a Surface Connect port.



The custom-built ARM processor is the result of a 3-year collaboration with Qualcomm. Our goal was to build the fastest ARM-based Windows 10 device. It offers laptop-level performance that’s capable of meeting the most demanding requirements from commercial customers. The Microsoft SQ1 chip runs at 3GHz and the graphics processor is capable of 2.1 teraflops; it can also drive two 4k monitors at 60Hz. Surface Pro X features a built-in 4G LTE Advanced Pro modem that supports both nano SIM and eSIM.


Surface Pro X runs Windows 10 Pro, so you can domain join or Azure AD join, and manage these devices with your existing tools and they’ll also run your existing 32-bit Windows apps.

Fast charging

All devices announced today support fast charging, allowing you to charge the battery up to 80 percent in about an hour.


Manageability focus across the portfolio

It’s important to point out our continued focus on making sure that Surface devices are easily customized and managed at scale. You can use the Windows Autopilot deployment service as part of Surface order fulfillment to get your devices business-ready without needing to reimage them. Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM) is also shared across Surface products. SEMM enables you to manage aspects of the hardware at the firmware level.


To learn more, check out today’s Microsoft Mechanics episode with Jochen Siegl for an insider look at each new device. And go to for all things Surface.

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