Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 to go Snapdragon

Hot on the heels of the Surface Pro 7, Microsoft's other wunderkind is set to go Snapdragon, with the Surface Laptop 3 featuring a Snapdragon processor.

Surface Pro 7

Read up on the Surface Pro 7, the first Surface device to debut with a Snapdragon 8cx chip.

Surface Laptop 3

The Surface Laptop has been Microsoft's wunderkind, taking second place in popularity to the wildly-successful Surface Pro tablet.

Of course, we're anticipating the Surface Laptop 3 to run Windows on ARM.

Just like the Surface Pro 7, we can expect the upcoming Surface Laptop 3 to drop the USB-A port, drop the mini-DisplayPort, and drop the Surface Connect power/dock connector, and move to USB-C.

While we've all been hankering for a Surface device with Thunderbolt, it hasn't happened yet, and it wont happen in the future. Intel owns Thunderbolt, and seeing as Microsoft is transitioning the Surface line to Qualcomm, there's no Intel inside the Surface, so that means, no Thunderbolt on board.

We can expect the Surface Laptop 3 to feature:

  • A revised PixrlSense touch screen display

  • A revised hinge mechanism

  • No USB-A, no mini-DisplayPort, no Surface Connect port

  • No Thunderbolt ports

  • Two or Four USB-C ports

  • An SD card slot with UHS-III

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx processor

  • Qualcomm integrated LTE

  • Qualcomm integrated wifi AX

  • Qualcomm integrated graphics

  • Qualcomm integrated battery management

  • Choice of 8GB or 16 GB of RAM

  • Bluetooth 5

  • A magnetic Surface Pen holder

  • A range of revised accessories.


A range of revised accessories will be compatible with the Laptop 3, including:

  • Revised Surface Pen

  • Revised Surface Dial, possibly smaller and flatter

  • Revised USB-C based Surface Power Cord

  • Revised USB-C based Surface Dock.

The revised Surface Dock will feature fewer ports, and include Ethernet, several USB-Cs, HDMI, and an integrated charger. We also expect the dock to about half the price of the current dock.

Read our ongoing coverage of the 2019 Surface line at

Until next time,

Xavier Zymantas


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