The Surface Book was a hit when it first came out – everyone loved it. But, when the Surface Book 2 followed a couple years later, it took everything the original did and improved it, creating one of the best 2-in-1 laptops we’ve ever used – and it still is. So, you can understand why we’re eagerly anticipating the Surface Book 3, even though it’ll probably be a while before we see it out in the wild.
Just imagine – a Surface Book 2 with a sharper, brighter display, more powerful components and Thunderbolt 3. It would be amazing. With these features, the Surface Book 3 would be the perfect foil to the MacBook Pro. if Microsoft is able to take what made the first two Surface Book devices so great, while patching up the shortcomings, it could be the best laptop to date.
Now, while there is little to no concrete information about the Surface Book 3, we can at least do a bit of speculation based on past releases and our tech expertise. So, with that in mind, let’s dive into what we think the Surface Book 3 may look like.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The would-be third Surface Book 2-in-1 laptop
- When is it out? Likely between September and November 2019
- What will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – the current model
Surface Book 3 release date
The Surface Book 2 was released in late 2017 – it’s more than a year old. But, if we follow the release pattern of Surface devices that aren’t the Surface Pro, you shouldn’t expect the Surface Book 3 until late 2019 at the earliest.
There were a couple new Surface devices launched in October 2018: the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2. However, there was no sign of the Surface Book 3. And, now that Microsoft has just refreshed its 13.5-inch Surface Book 2 with a quad core processor, we wouldn’t get our hopes up for a Surface Book 3 any time soon. We’ll probably be waiting until late 2019 or early 2020.
Until we get more concrete information, or even rumors, we’re going to stick with our late 2019 or 2020 Surface Book 3 release date speculation.
Surface Book 3 price
Unfortunately, because there’s no concrete information about the Surface Book 3 right now, we don’t really know anything about its price. However, we can look at the pricing of the Surface Book and the Surface Book 2 and do a bit of speculation.
Right now, thanks to a new lower-storage model, the 13.5 inch Surface Book 2 starts at $1,199 or £1,149, while the 15 inch version still sits at a $2,499 or £2,349 (AU$3,649) price of admission. If you ask us, that’s already enough scratch.
Still, let’s hope and pray that the would-be Surface Book 3 stays well within that price range, as we likely wouldn’t be able to afford much more.