Surface Pro 8 – release date, price, news and rumours for Microsoft's NEW 'iPhone killer'

THE LATEST iteration of Microsoft's tablet-laptop hybrid the Surface Pro appears to be on the horizon.

While the US tech titan hasn't announced the Surface Pro 8 yet, the heavily rumoured device is expected to hit shelves by Christmas.

Surface Pro 8 – what is it?

The Surface Pro 8 is the rumoured next device in Microsoft's popular Surface Pro line up.

The gizmos are ostensibly tablets that, by plugging in a keyboard, can also be made to work like a Windows laptop.

Microsoft launched the series in 2013 and the company has released seven iterations so far, eight if you include the Surface Pro 7+.

The line up is typically updated annually in October – all signs point to Microsoft following the same pattern this year.

The company hasn't officially announced the gadget yet, so details are a little thin on the ground.

Surface Pro 8 – news and rumours

There isn't much we can be certain to expect in the Surface Pro 8, as Microsoft is keeping the gadget closely under wraps.

However, multiple leaks and rumours have suggested a modest upgrade to the Surface Pro 7 – which launched in 2019 – is on the way.

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Microsoft is reportedly working on incorporating new processors in the form of the Intel 11th Gen U-series.

The upgrade should improve the device's speed and performance over its predecessors.

The Surface Pro 8 could also be getting a larger display, rising from 12.3 inches to between 12.7 and 13.

Microsoft is also rumoured to be reducing the size of the bezels around the display.

The company is also said to be working on a new design with rounder corners and edges, much like the most recent iPhones.

Finally, we're expecting a removable SSD in line with those offered by the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptops.

Surface Pro 8 – release date and price

While nothing is confirmed, it looks like the Surface Pro 8 will launch later this year.

Microsoft typically releases Surface Pro devices in the lead up to Christmas.

The Surface Pro 4, 6 and 7, for instance, hit shelves in October of 2015, 2018 and 2019 respectively.

However, the US tech giant has been known to stray from this pattern.

The Surface Pro 5 went on sale in June 2015, while the Pro 7+ came out in January 2021.

As far as price goes, we don't know anything concrete for now. It'll likely follow a similar pattern to the Surface Pro 7.

That starts at $749/£799 for a Core i3, 4GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD, rising to $2,299.99/£2,249 for a Core i7, 16GB RAM, and a 1TB SSD.

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