We’re getting closer and closer to the new products that will be announced at Microsoft’s Surface event, which takes place on October 12 at 10 a.m. ET. Microsoft’s Surface lineup includes phones, laptops, 2-in-1 hybrid tablets, and desktops, so there’s a good variety of hardware that could make an appearance.
While we can make some safe assumptions about what will and won’t be shown (unfortunately, we’re not anticipating a new foldable Surface Duo), Microsoft may still have a few surprises in store, given that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the Microsoft’s very 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 line is one of Microsoft’s most consistent annual releases, so when the Surface Pro 9 was spotted in a recently released FCC filing, it was safe to assume it had an imminent arrival. Since the Surface Pro 8 got some pretty big updates over its predecessor (including a bigger screen, 120Hz refresh rate, and Thunderbolt ports), the Surface Pro 9 isn’t expected to get any updates. breathtaking days of this generation.
WinFuture expects it to come with a choice of 12th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 U-series chips, which should result in around a 20% performance improvement over the Surface Pro’s equivalent 11th Gen processors 8. Its predecessor, we believe the Surface Pro 9 will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB RAM options and 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB storage configurations.
There’s no word on port updates, but several rumors suggest we’ll be getting new blue and green color options in addition to the usual black and silver offerings.
The Surface Pro 9 could also mean the end of the line for another Microsoft product, the ARM-based Surface Pro X. Windows Central reports that the Surface Pro 9 will offer both Intel and ARM options under one product line. The ARM variant is said to be powered by the Microsoft SQ3, a custom Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC, and it will likely be the first Surface PC to ship with 5G.
The price, frankly, is anyone’s guess at the moment. If the Surface Pro 9 includes ARM-based configurations, pricing could start at $899.99, the entry-level price for the base Surface Pro X configuration. But if Microsoft decides to ignore that Surface Pro Arm-based X was cheaper than the Surface Pro 8, it could be significantly more expensive. The base Surface Pro 8 model retailed for $1,099, which is $250 more than the equivalent Surface Pro 7. checkout if prices remain the same for Surface Pro 9 compatible cases.
The Surface Laptop 5 could make an appearance at the Microsoft event, given that it’s due to be refreshed alongside the Surface Laptop 4 which hit the market in April 2021. We’re using “refresh” liberally here, because like the Surface Pro 9, we don’t really anticipate any major changes beyond the generational updates.
‘Sage Green’ is rumored to be a new color option available for the Surface Laptop 5
WinFuture reported some information purportedly provided by retailers that claim 13-inch and 15-inch versions of the Surface Laptop 5 will be available, containing a choice of Core i5-1235U and Core i7-1255U processors. The battery and general design are apparently unchanged from the previous generation Surface Laptop, although a new green color option could add new variety to the existing black, blue, silver, and pink offerings currently available.
Like the Surface Laptop 4, SSD storage is unlikely to be increased from the 256GB, 512GB or 1TB options currently offered, and memory will likely still be available in 8GB, 16GB or 32GB configurations; however, we may see LPDDR4x updated to the new, faster LPDDR5x standard.
If you’re hoping for an AMD-powered model, you’re probably out of luck. There has been no mention of such a configuration in any FCC filings or reputable leaks for this generation, suggesting that Microsoft may be ditching Ryzen processors altogether for this generation of Surface laptops. Regardless of the processors available, the Surface Laptop 5 is highly unlikely to feature a dedicated GPU, but Intel’s integrated Xe graphics should be more than capable for most day-to-day tasks.
Some updates we would make As see would be an upgraded webcam, upscaling the current 720p camera to Full HD 1080p resolution to be more in line with competing laptop offerings like the M2-powered MacBook Air. Upping the current 60Hz display to 120Hz would also be a nice upgrade, and it’s not too far-fetched an idea considering the Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop Studio already bump a PixelSense Flow display to 120 Hz. At least one website apparently confirms that these two updates will in fact make an appearance (and leaks what appears to be the laptop’s full spec sheet), but given that it’s the only thing posted on the site…well, better not get our expectations too high.
Reports suggest the Surface Laptop 5 could be more affordable than previous-gen models
Price leaks for the US market have been non-existent, but we may receive good news from overseas. by WinFuture retail sources say Surface Laptop 5 pricing in Europe will start from €1,200 for the base 13.5-inch model (compared to €1,499 on the equivalent Surface Laptop 4), with the larger 15-inch model from €1,500 (was €1,999). For context, the US price for the base Surface Laptop 4 was $899 for the base 13.5-inch model and $1,299 for the 15-inch model, respectively, so there’s a chance we could see prices drop to around $799 and $1,199 for each Surface Laptop 5 sizing configuration. There’s no guarantee the latest model will be more affordable than its predecessor, but Microsoft has some catching up to do. it wants to stay competitive with Apple’s MacBook Air prices.
One of the most anticipated products we’ve been waiting for is the Surface Studio 3, an all-in-one desktop designed for creative professionals. An FCC document from Microsoft describes an “all-in-one desktop computer” that is believed to be a new Surface device, and leaks of the updated Surface Keyboard and Surface Pen earlier this year strongly suggest that Microsoft is preparing to announce the Surface Studio 3 later this month.
This is it was about time we got a new Surface Studio desktop, because the last iteration we saw of this product line was the Surface Studio 2, released in October 2018. Rocking an almost identical appearance to the first Surface Studio desktop, the model of second generation drew criticism for its high price (starting at $3,499) and outdated CPU and GPU. An FCC report containing a test image of what appears to be the next AIO computer also suggests that the Surface Studio 3 still have an almost identical design to its predecessor, so if you were hoping for a new look, you might be out of luck.
But even worse, rumors suggest that Microsoft could continue a very boring trend with the Studio and put older chips again in its very expensive brand new product. Zac Bowden, editor of Windows Central, reported that the next Surface Studio 3 will feature an Intel Core i7-11370H processor, despite the release of 13th Gen Intel processors later this month. But on the bright side, it could also have an Nvidia RTX 3060 GPU, which isn’t the most powerful GPU in Nvidia’s lineup but is at least a current one. Bowden also claims that the Surface Studio 3 will actually be dubbed the “Surface Studio 2 Plus” and will feature three USB-C ports and a 60Hz display. WinFuture further reports that the Surface Studio 3 will be available in a single configuration, equipped with 32 GB of RAM and a 1 TB SSD.
But we’ll have to see how many of these rumors and leaks hold up when Microsoft introduces the new products on October 12.