What to Expect from Microsoft’s Surface Event
Microsoft has announced that it will be holding a Surface event on September 22nd. Microsoft said, “The company will talk about devices and Windows 11.” With Windows 11 set to debut on October 5th, it is expected to see four new Surface devices showcasing all the latest software features in the new OS. It won’t be all Windows 11, though. Microsoft is also expected to launch a second version of its Surface Duo Android-powered foldable device next week. Here is what you can expect from the event:
- Surface Pro 8
The Surface Pro is the main flagship Surface device, and one that has existed since the launch of Windows 8 in 2012. Microsoft is now planning to launch a new Surface Pro 8 ready for Windows 11. There are not any huge design changes on the Surface Pro 8, simply because Microsoft has already made it clear to businesses that it will maintain the Surface port connectivity and overall hardware design to keep it compatible with docks and accessories.
A source familiar with Microsoft’s plans told The Verge the company is planning to ship a larger display on the Surface Pro 8 with smaller bezels. It is also understood Microsoft will move to support Thunderbolt on at least one Surface Pro 8 model. Microsoft will also ship its Surface Pro 8 with Intel’s latest 11th Gen chips and support for removable SSDs just like the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop 4.
- Surface Book 4
Microsoft will debut its big Surface Book design next week. It’s a significant design change that will involve ditching the detachable display in favor of a display that pulls forward to convert between tablet and laptop form factors much like the HP Elite Folio.
Microsoft will opt for a high refresh rate display on the Surface Book 4, possibly up to as high as 120Hz to support a new Windows 11 Dynamic Refresh Rate feature. This will allow the Surface Book 4 to include smooth scrolling, and then switch down to standard 60Hz modes to save battery life.
- Surface Pro X
Microsoft is also expected to launch a new Surface Pro X model next week. While there won’t be any major design changes, a chip upgrade is expected and possibly even a high refresh rate display. Microsoft has also been testing high refresh rate displays on the Surface Pro or Surface Pro X line, and we’ll find out next week if Microsoft has managed to upgrade its displays on the Surface Pro lineups.
- Surface Go 3
The final Windows-powered Surface device is expected next week is the Surface Go 3. This smaller Surface will maintain the same smaller footprint design but with a big upgrade inside. At least one model will ship with Intel’s Core i3 processor, offering better performance for this smaller Surface than the existing Pentium Gold processor models.