Surface Book 2 device

Like the original Surface Book 2, Microsoft plans to ship the Surface Book 3 in two different configurations with 13.5-inch and 15-inch displays. The Surface Book 3 won’t be radically different from its predecessor—you can expect the same convertible with specs bump, minor design tweaks, and no Thunderbolt support.

Last week, Surface Book 3 with Intel Ice Lake-U CPU passed through Energy Star certifications. It looks like the Surface Book with 13.5-inch and 15-inch displays also cleared certifications in multiple countries including Malaysia and China.

SIRIM (Standard and Industrial Research Institute of Malaysia) certification has again confirmed that Surface Book 3 comes with Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.

SB3 another certification

The Wi-Fi module in the Surface Book 3 support both 5Ghz and 2Ghz bands, and as well as Bluetooth.

As you can see in the screenshots below, Surface Book 3 has also passed through MIIT (Ministry of Industry and Information Technology) of China.

SB3 certification

What will be inside the Surface Book 3? According to Energy Star certification, the 13.5-inch version of the Surface Book 3 and the 15-inch will be powered by the Intel’s Core i7-1065G7 with a base CPU speed of 1.3GHz.

The Core 1065G7 is part of Intel’s Ice Lake-U lineup, but Microsoft could still be planning another variant that will have Comet Lake silicon inside. The European retailer listings revealed that the Surface Book 3 will be powered by Intel Core i5-10210U and Core i7-10510U.

Surface Book is also the only device in the Surface lineup that has a discrete GPU and Book 3 is also expected to come with Nvidia GPU. The RAM options for the Surface Book 3 may include 8GB, 16GB and 32GB with SSD options of 256GB, 512GB, and even 1TB.

The configuration options are roughly the same as the Surface Book 2, though the last-generation machines offered 16GB memory options.

The most powerful Surface Book 3 options will include an Nvidia Quadro GPU, 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD. Nvidia’s 16xx-series GTX GPUs would be offered with the 13.5-inch and base 15-inch variant in the lineup.

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