Microsoft is holding its usual fall Surface event on October 12, and this year’s presentation might be more packed than most. Rumors have been circulating not only about new Surface Pro and Surface Laptop models, but also a long overdue Surface Studio refresh and even a mini desktop. But how likely is it that these will fail? We give you an idea of what to expect.
Surface Pro 9
It almost wouldn’t be a Microsoft hardware event without a new tablet, and the Surface Pro 9 could be one of the more important updates to the lineup in recent memory. Windows headquarters Sources claim the new model will bring the ARM-based Surface Pro X into the regular Pro family. In this case, you have the choice between processor architectures without having to change form factors – a first for the Pro series.
You might get a significant speed boost no matter what chip is sitting in it. The same sources believe that Intel-based Surface Pro 9 models will use the 12th gen U-series Core i5 and i7 processors (significantly faster than the 11th gen parts of the Pro 8), while ARM versions Reportedly coming with the SQ3, a custom variant of the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3. Microsoft may stick with the 32GB RAM and 1TB storage max of yesteryear, although cellular models will appear to support 5G.
Just don’t expect much to change on the outside. Sources say the Surface Pro 9 will be largely similar to its predecessor, complete with a 13-inch 120Hz display, dual Thunderbolt 4 ports, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 10-megapixel rear camera, and support for the Slim Pen 2. This could be an iteration of the design, but we liked the Pro 8 last year. It’s just a question of whether the price is reasonable or not. WinFuture claims that Europeans could pay the equivalent of $1,300 for a Core i5 version with 256GB of storage, but that may not reflect American pricing.
Surface Laptop 5
Microsoft hasn’t touched the Surface Laptop since Spring 2021, so a refresher is due. Luckily one seems to be in the pipeline. Both Windows headquarters and WinFuture Insiders claim a Surface Laptop 5 is in the works with some modest but worthwhile improvements.
The 13.5- and 15-inch portables would ship with 12th-gen Core i5 and i7 processors, which would be tangible upgrades over previous chips. Perhaps the most notable change, however, is what you don’t get – WinFuture says there will be no AMD Ryzen-powered variants of the Surface Laptop 5. However, the machine may offer Thunderbolt 4 support for the first time.
As with its tablet counterpart, the Surface Laptop 5’s design could remain virtually unchanged. Leakers don’t expect any cosmetic updates apart from a possible sage green color option borrowed from the Go 2 laptop. That’s not a problem if you like Microsoft’s minimalist aesthetic, but it can be disappointing if you want a flashy notebook like the XPS 13 Plus or the MacBook Air M2 — especially given the rumored asking price of $1,200 in Europe .
Surface Studio 3
To say Microsoft neglected the Surface Studio would be an understatement. The latest version of the all-in-one desktop was released in 2018, and its specs are shockingly behind the times. Windows headquarters However, it recently offered some hope when it heard that a Surface Studio 3 is finally on the way.
The new PC will reportedly use the familiar (but still clever) chassis from the first two studios, including its signature tilting, pen-friendly 28-inch display. Microsoft will instead focus on the internals, upgrading to an 11th Gen Core i7 CPU (sadly no 12th Gen here) with Thunderbolt 4 ports. There may also be an upgraded webcam, as well as Dolby Vision HDR visuals and Dolby Atmos audio.
You may have to deal with some noticeable omissions. The Surface Studio 3 can do without the SD card slot, and it could only come in a configuration with 32GB RAM and a 1TB SSD. As with its ancestors, the revamped computer could be aimed squarely at creative professionals who want a pen-friendly display and are willing to pay for the privilege. No prices have been leaked as of this writing, but with specs like these it sure is expensive.
Wildcards: A mini PC and Surface accessories
These events sometimes include leftfield launches (who would have predicted the Surface Laptop Studio?), but you may need to temper your expectations this year. The biggest tidbit could be the release of the previously teased Project Volterra, a lightweight desktop aimed at developers building ARM-native Windows apps with AI capabilities. So it won’t be the Surface equivalent of the Mac mini.
Accessories may be the only other highlights. Windows headquarters‘s Zac Bowden recently divided Images of what he says are updated Surface Keyboard and Surface Pen models that could come with the Surface Studio 3 alongside being sold separately. An overhaul of the Surface Mouse may also be available. Bowden went on to suggest that you might see a “premium” speaker, as well as a Teams-focused remote, but little else is known about them.
We wouldn’t rely on other Surface computers or mobile devices. There have been no murmurs about a Surface Duo 3 phone, and Microsoft has shelved the Surface Neo for 2020. It’s also hard to imagine a Surface Go revision being made for the matter. Barring surprises, this event seems to focus on Core Surface devices and not much else.
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