Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8 may finally be worth upgrading to.

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The most recent model could have a 120Hz display and Thunderbolt support.

A Microsoft Surface hardware event is just days away, but one of the event’s major surprises may have been spoiled prematurely by a retailer’s listing of the Surface Pro 8. Along with a sleeker, refreshed design for the popular 2-in-1, some important hardware details have emerged, including a 120Hz high refresh rate display, Thunderbolt support, and user-replaceable storage.

The Surface Pro 7 is our current top choice for best productivity tablet, despite the slow pace at which the 2-in-1 has been updated by Microsoft over the years. While some of our complaints were addressed by the mid-cycle Pro 7+ refresh, its successor appears to finally bring much-needed refinements to the device.

Details around the upcoming Surface Pro 8 come from Twitter user, Shadow_leak, who posted a retail listing of the device. Users still hanging on to their old Surface Pros may finally have a reason to upgrade, considering the new Pro’s sleeker design and hardware changes.

The 2-in-1 has always stood out for its display quality, and the addition of a 120Hz refresh rate will only enhance the experience. It will also be thinner and lighter as the 1 x USB-A and 1 x USB-C ports have been replaced with Thunderbolt-capable dual USB-C ports.

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According to the leak, user-replaceable SSDs will also be included. Microsoft made the leap with the aforementioned Pro 7+ refresh, so it’s not surprising that the successor will as well. The convertible is expected to ship with Windows 11 out of the box, as are other new Surface variants that will be unveiled at the Surface event on September 22.

 

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