What to expect from the Microsoft Surface launch event?

We’re even closer to figuring out what new products will be announced at Microsoft’s Surface event on October 12 at 10:00 ET. Microsoft’s Surface lineup covers phones, laptops, hybrid 2-in-1 tablets and desktops, so there’s a wide variety of hardware to come up with.

While we can make a few safe assumptions about what will and won’t show (we don’t expect a new Surface Duo foldable, unfortunately), there may still be a few surprises in store, given Microsoft’s 10th anniversary this year. It’s Microsoft’s first Surface product, released in October 2012.

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

The Surface Pro series is one of Microsoft’s most consistent annual releases, so when the Surface Pro 9 was spotted in a recently released FCC document, it was safe to assume it was coming soon. The Surface Pro 9 isn’t expected to receive any mind-blowing updates this generation, as the Surface Pro 8 has received some major updates over its predecessor (including a larger display, 120Hz refresh rate, and Thunderbolt ports).

WinFuture Intel predicts it will come with a choice of 12th Gen Core i5 or Core i7 U-series chipsets, which will result in a performance increase of about 20 percent compared to the equivalent 11th Gen processors in the Surface Pro 8. its predecessor, we believe the Surface Pro 9 will be available in 8GB, 16GB and 32GB RAM options and in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TB storage configurations.

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There’s no word on updates to the ports, but some rumors suggest that we’ll be getting new blue and green color options on top of the usual black and silver offerings.

The Surface Pro 9 could also spell the end of the line for another Microsoft product, the ARM-based Surface Pro X. Windows Center He reported that the Surface Pro 9 will offer both Intel and ARM options under a single product line. The ARM variant will be powered by Microsoft SQ3, a custom Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC, and will likely be the first Surface PC to ship with 5G.

Pricing is, frankly, anyone’s guess at the moment. If the Surface Pro 9 includes ARM-based configurations, prices can start at $899.99, which is entry-level pricing for the base Surface Pro X configuration. But if Microsoft decides to ignore that the Arm-based Surface Pro X is cheaper than the Surface Pro 8, it could be significantly more expensive. The base model of the Surface Pro 8 sold for $1,099, $250 more than the equivalent Surface Pro 7. Your cart should remain the same for Surface Pro 9 compatible covers.

The Surface Laptop 5 may be featured at the Microsoft event due to the refresh of the Surface Laptop 4, which was released in April 2021. As with the Surface Pro 9, we make generous use of “refresh” here. Actually, we don’t expect any major changes beyond generation updates.

“Sage green” is said to be a new color option for the Surface Laptop 5

WinFuture There have been reports of some information allegedly provided by retailers claiming that 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the Surface Laptop 5 will be available with Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U processor options. Both the battery and the overall design are apparently no different from the previous Surface Laptop generation. a new green color option It could add some fresh variety to the current black, blue, silver and pink offerings that are currently available.

Like the Surface Laptop 4, SSD storage will likely not be increased from the 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB options currently offered, and the memory will likely be available in 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB configurations; but we can see LPDDR4x updated to the new faster LPDDR5x standard.

The Surface Laptop Go is angled slightly to the left.

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If you’re expecting an AMD-powered model, you’re most likely out of luck. No such configuration was mentioned in any FCC filings or reputable leaks for this generation, suggesting that Microsoft might drop Ryzen CPUs for this generation of Surface Laptops altogether. Regardless of what processors are available, the Surface Laptop 5 is unlikely to be equipped with a dedicated GPU, but Intel’s integrated Xe graphics should be more than capable for most day-to-day tasks.

A few updates we will make like It would be an improved webcam that upscales the existing 720p camera to full HD 1080p resolution to be more compatible with competing laptop offerings like the M2 powered MacBook Air. Upgrading the existing 60Hz display to 120Hz would also be a nice upgrade, and it’s not a far-fetched idea given that both the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio are already rocking the 120Hz PixelSense Flow display. At least one website ostensibly confirms that both of these updates will appear (and leaks the laptop’s entire spec sheet), but given that it’s the only thing posted on the site…well, better not set our expectations too high.

Reports suggest Surface Laptop 5 could be more affordable than previous generation models

There have been no pricing leaks for the US market, but we may be getting good news from overseas. of WinFuture Retail sources claim that Surface Laptop 5 pricing in Europe will start at €1,200 for the 13.5-inch base model (€1,499 on the equivalent Surface Laptop 4), with the larger 15-inch model starting at €1,500. €1,999). In terms of context, US pricing for the base Surface Laptop 4 was $899 for the 13.5-inch base model and $1,299 for the 15-inch model, respectively, so prices are roughly $799 and $1,199 for each sizing configuration. We have a chance to see it fall. Surface Laptop 5. There’s no guarantee that the latest model will be more affordable than its predecessor, but Microsoft has some things to do if it wants to stay competitive with Apple’s MacBook Air prices.

One of the most anticipated products we expect to see is the Studio Surface 3, an all-in-one desktop designed for creative professionals. An FCC document from Microsoft describes an “All-in-One Desktop PC,” which is presumed to be a new Surface device, and leaks of the updated Surface Keyboard and Surface Pen earlier this year suggest that Microsoft is preparing to announce the Surface Studio. 3 this month.

Microsoft Surface Studio 3 being tested

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IT is is Since the last iteration we saw in this lineup was the Surface Studio 2, which was released in October 2018, we just got a new Surface Studio desktop. It has received some criticism for its high price tag (starting at $3,499) and the older CPU and GPU. An FCC report containing a test image of what appears to be the upcoming AIO computer, Surface Studio 3 still It has a nearly identical design to its predecessor, so if you’re hoping for a brand new look, you may be out of luck.

But even worse, rumors suggest that Microsoft may continue a very frustrating trend with the Studio, once again adding old chips to its very expensive brand new product. Zac Bowden, senior editor Windows Center, reported He said the upcoming Surface Studio 3 will be equipped with an Intel Core i7-11370H CPU, although Intel’s 13th Gen processors are due to launch later this month. But on the upside, it might also have an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, which isn’t the most powerful GPU in Nvidia’s lineup, but is at least up-to-date. Bowden also claims that the Surface Studio 3 will actually be called “Surface Studio 2 Plus” and will feature three USB-C ports and a 60Hz display. WinFuture It also reports that the Surface Studio 3 will be offered in a single configuration equipped with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.

But we’ll have to see how many of these rumors and leaks hold true when Microsoft unveils its new products on October 12.


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