Everything You Need to Expect from Microsoft’s Surface Hardware Event
Microsoft is holding a Surface hardware event on Wednesday, October 2nd. The event will take place in New York City and will start at 10AM ET. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella will be in attendance along with Surface chief Panos Panay. The company has been teasing this event continually on Twitter and is inviting Surface fans to attend. Here is what to expect from the event:
- Surface Pro 7: Last year, Microsoft refreshed the Surface Pro line-up in a new black matte finish, but without USB-C connectivity. You can expect Surface Pro 7 with USB-C support. It isn’t clear where the company will add USB-C on the device, but the company could replace Mini DisplayPort with USB-C at the minimum and keeps a USB-A port for compatibility.
- ARM-powered Surface: It has been rumored that Microsoft has been working on an ARM-powered Surface for months and you can expect it on Wednesday. Unlike previous Surfaces with Nvidia Tegra ARM chips inside, Microsoft is rumored to be working with Qualcomm on this particular Surface.
- Surface Laptop 3: Microsoft could launch its new Surface Laptop 3 on Wednesday. It is likely that the laptop will come with a 15-inch screen. Rumors suggest that Microsoft will use AMD processors in the Surface Laptop for the first time. The laptop come without the Alcantara fabric covering.
- Surface Dual Screen: For some time, Microsoft has been working on a dual-screen Surface device, codenamed “Centaurus.” The company could unveil the new device on Wednesday. It is designed to be the hero device for a wave of new dual-screen tablet / laptop hybrids that OEMs are expected to launch throughout 2020.
- Surface Speaker: Alongside the more traditional Surface devices, you can expect some type of Surface speaker. The portable speaker itself appears to have a similar design to Google’s Home Mini, with fabric wrapped around the top and volume buttons with the ability to make, receive, and mute calls.