Microsoft Surface launch event: what to expect

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I’m trying to find out what new products will be announced at Microsoft’s Surface event on October 12th at 10am ET. Microsoft’s Surface range includes phones, laptops, hybrid 2-in-1 tablets, and desktop computers, so a wide variety of hardware is likely to emerge.

Although you can make some safe assumptions about what you see and what you don’t (unfortunately, the new Surface Duo Foldable), considering it’s 10 years old this year, Microsoft may still have some surprises in store. Microsoft’s first Surface product released in October 2012.

Here’s everything we’re looking forward to at the Microsoft Surface launch event.

Surface Pro X is (allegedly) dead: Long live the Surface Pro 9

The Surface Pro series has been one of Microsoft’s most consistent annual releases, so the Surface Pro 9 was recently unveiled. FCC documentit was safe to assume that it has an imminent arrival. The Surface Pro 8 has some pretty significant updates over its predecessor, including a larger display, 120Hz refresh rate, and a Thunderbolt port. ), so the Surface Pro 9 isn’t expected to get this generation’s jaw-dropping update.

win future anticipate It will ship with a choice of Intel 12th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 U-series chips, which should boost performance by around 20% compared to the equivalent 11th Gen processors in the Surface Pro 8. We believe the Surface Pro 9 will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB RAM options and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB storage configurations.

If you’re hoping for a refreshed look for the Surface Pro 9, keep your hopes up. Very unlikely.
Photo by Becca Farsace/The Verge

No word on port updates, but some rumors We recommend getting the new blue and green color options in addition to the usual black and silver offerings.

The Surface Pro 9 could mean the end of another Microsoft product, an ARM-based product. Surface Pro X. Windows Central report Surface Pro 9 offers both Intel and ARM options in a single product line. The ARM variant is powered by Microsoft SQ3, a custom Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC, and could be the first Surface PC to ship with 5G.

Frankly, the price is anyone’s guess right now. If Surface Pro 9 includes an ARM-based configuration, pricing could start at $899.99, the entry-level price of the basic Surface Pro X configuration. But if Microsoft decides to ignore that the Arm-based Surface Pro X was cheaper than the Surface Pro 8, it could be significantly more expensive. The base model Surface Pro 8 retails for $1,099, which is $250 more than the comparable Surface Pro 7. It’s also worth remembering that Microsoft doesn’t typically ship Type Covers with their Surface Pro products. The price of the Surface Pro 9 compatible cover should remain the same.

Surface Laptop 5 could get a minor generational upgrade

The Surface Laptop 5 could appear at Microsoft’s event. Surface Laptop 4 It hits the market in April 2021. We use “update” liberally here, as we don’t really expect big changes beyond generational updates like the Surface Pro 9.

‘Sage Green’ is rumored to be the new color option available for the Surface Laptop 5

win future report Regarding information allegedly provided by a retailer claiming that 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the Surface Laptop 5 will be available, including a choice of Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U processors. Both the battery and overall design are clearly unchanged from the previous generation Surface Laptop. new green option We can add some fresh variety to the existing black, blue, silver, and pink offerings available today.

As with the Surface Laptop 4, SSD storage will likely not increase from the 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options currently offered, and memory may still be available in 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB configurations. However, it turns out that LPDDR4x has been updated to the new, faster LPDDR5x standard.

Surface Laptop Go leans slightly to the left.

The Surface Laptop 5 could look almost identical to its predecessor, the Surface Laptop 4.
Photo by Tom Warren/The Verge

If you’re expecting an AMD-powered model, you’re likely out of luck. The Surface Laptop 5 is unlikely to come with a dedicated GPU, regardless of the processors available, but Intel’s integrated Xe graphics could , should be good enough for most everyday tasks.

some updates we want to do favorite Boost your current 720p camera to Full HD 1080p resolution, MacBook Air with M2Boosting your current 60Hz display to 120Hz is also a nice upgrade, and the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio It’s already rocking a 120Hz PixelSense Flow display. at least one website Both of these updates seem to confirm they’re actually coming (and leak what appears to be an entire spec sheet for the laptop), but that’s the only one posted on the site. Considering that… well, it’s better not to disappoint our expectations too high.

Surface Laptop 5 could be more affordable than its predecessor, report says

There were no price leaks for the US market, but there could be good news from abroad. WinFuture retail source Surface Laptop 5 pricing in Europe claims to start at €1,200 for the base 13.5-inch model (up from €1,499 for the equivalent Surface Laptop 4) and €1,500 for the larger 15-inch model (up from €1,999). doing. ). For reference, the base Surface Laptop 4 was priced at $899 for the base 13.5-inch model and $1,299 for the 15-inch model in the US. Surface Laptop 5. There’s no guarantee the latest model will be more affordable than its predecessor, but Microsoft will have to catch up if it wants to stay competitive with Apple’s pricing of his MacBook Air.

we At the end Have a Surface Studio 3?

One of the most anticipated products is Studio Surface 3, an all-in-one desktop computer designed for creative professionals.Ann FCC document Describes an “all-in-one desktop computer” speculated to be Microsoft’s new Surface device, Updated Surface Keyboard and Surface Pen Earlier this year, it was heavily implied that Microsoft was preparing to announce the Surface Studio 3 later this month.

Microsoft Surface Studio 3 under test

Is it Surface Studio 2? No. Apparently, the upcoming 3rd Gen Surface Studio is rocking a very similar look.
Image: FCC

this teeth Around the time I got the new Surface Studio desktop, the last iteration of this product line was surface studio 2, released in October 2018. With a nearly identical look to the first Surface Studio desktop, the second-generation model was criticized for its high price (starting at $3,499) and outdated CPU and GPU.Ann FCC report including test image For what we believe to be the AIO computer of the future, Surface Studio 3 yet It has nearly the same design as its predecessor, so if you’re wanting a fresh new look, you might be out of luck.

To make matters worse, rumors suggest that Microsoft is maintaining a very nasty trend with its Studios and may be putting old chips back into its very expensive brand new offerings.Zach Borden, Senior Editor Windows Central, report The upcoming Surface Studio 3 is expected to feature an Intel Core i7-11370H CPU, even though Intel’s 13th generation processors are set to release later this month. It can also be equipped with a GPU. It’s not the most powerful GPU in Nvidia’s lineup, but it’s at least the current one. It claims to have a 60Hz display. win future additional report Surface Studio 3 will be available in a single configuration with 32GB RAM and 1TB SSD.

But we’ll have to see how long these rumors and leaks last when Microsoft reveals its new product on October 12th.

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