- The Microsoft Surface event is entirely virtual.
- New products and features are are announced at The Microsoft Surface event.
- Microsoft is expected to drop an update on its Surface Laptop lineup.
Microsoft Slated to Release the Next Generation of Surface Devices
With the change of the seasons comes the long-awaited Microsoft Surface Event. While Apple enjoyed the spotlight for a while with the release of the iPhone 14 and the new Apple Watch, it is time for Microsoft to take the stage with a series of expected updates to its Surface lineup.
With so many rumors swirling around the latest release, we thought it would be an excellent time to discuss some of the details we’ve heard surrounding the upcoming October event.
When and Where is the Microsoft Surface Event?
With the popularity of remote and virtual events, it’s no surprise that the Microsoft Surface event is entirely virtual. That being said, the last few events have been live-streamed from the Microsoft website.
This time is no different, and you can view the upcoming live stream when it airs here. You can tune in at 10 am, eastern time, on October 12, 2022, to view the event.
What Happened at the Last Event?
- 13” touchscreen
- Built-in kickstand
- Detachable keyboard
- Windows 11 compatibility
- Built on the Intel Evo platform
- The best pen experience on Pro with rechargeable Surface Slim Pen 2 and Surface Pro 8, for the natural feeling of pen on paper, securely stored in Surface Pro Signature Keyboard
- Sleek and compact
- Performs like a traditional laptop
- The keyboard comes complete with a full-function row and backlit keys
- 256GB SSD
The Virtual Fall 2021 Event announced a few exciting products. One of those releases was the Surface Pro 8, which comes with Windows 11, 43% more computing power, and 16 hours of battery life. Also new was the Surface Slim Pen 2, which features magnetic storage, charging, and haptic feedback.
Microsoft also unveiled the Surface Go 3 with Windows 11, claiming to be 60% faster than the Surface Go 2. Additionally, Microsoft released the Ocean Plastic Mouse and Surface Adaptive Kit, which includes high-contrast keyboard stickers, Lanyard tabs, and more.
Perhaps the most fascinating release of last year’s event was the all-new Surface Laptop Studio. Designed as a desktop-replacement laptop that transforms into a studio. This device features Windows 11, Microsoft’s first haptic trackpad, and a 14.4″ PixelSense display. Overall, it is a very capable machine with 32GB of RAM, an SSD, and the ability to connect up to two 4K displays.
What are the Rumored Releases for the 2022 Event?
A few different rumors are going around about which devices Microsoft will announce in the latest event. With 2022 being a particularly innovative year in tech from Microsoft’s competitors like Asus, Apple, and Google, we’re expecting to see some impressive new releases. Let’s review some of the most anticipated new releases expected to be announced this October.
The New Surface Laptop
Microsoft is expected to drop an update on its Surface Laptop lineup. Since the last Surface Laptop 4 was released over a year ago, an update would be well received. Several leaks have revealed the specifications and configuration options that might be available on the upcoming laptop.
While the previous generation offered both AMD and Intel processors, it is expected by some that the newest release will be strictly Intel-based. However, this conflicts with the longstanding relationship shared between Microsoft and AMD, and an AMD-based Surface Laptop is expected to come along eventually.
With that being said, some of the claims we are hearing regarding the Surface Laptop’s configuration are very exciting. With an expected refresh rate of 120Hz, the new laptop’s screen is slated to use Microsoft’s PixelSense Flow technology. Coupled with a 3:2 aspect ratio and available in 13-inch and 15-inch screen sizes, we expect the Surface Laptop 5 to come with an impressive display configuration.
Besides that, we expect the new Surface Laptop 5 to include industry-standard connections like USB-A, USB Type-C, a headphone jack, and a 1080p webcam. The new laptop is also expected to ship in various colors, such as Platinum, Ice Blue, Matte Black, and Sandstone. Additionally, if the Surface Laptop 5 is anything like the previous generation, it will start with an MSRP of roughly $1200.
Surface Pro Update
The Surface Pro is also expected to get a significant update. With the last refresh, the Surface Pro 8, over a year ago at this point, Microsoft’s professional tablet lineup is in need of an update. While the previous generation shipped with strictly Intel processors, the new Surface Pro 9 is expected to offer Arm-based processors as well.
With the increasing popularity of 5G connectivity, it is also widely anticipated that the Surface Pro 9 will be 5G-capable. Additionally, the new model is expected to include 12th-generation Intel processors. While the 12th generation has been with us for a little while now, it will be a welcome improvement to the Surface lineup.
On the topic of specs, 256GB of SSD will also be included in the base model of the Surface Pro 9. According to reports, it will have a maximum storage capacity of 1TB and a base memory of 8GB, with a maximum of 16GB available.
Much like the Surface Laptop 5, the Surface Pro lineup is expected to offer some dazzling new color options. Besides the new Forest and Sapphire colors, Platinum and Graphite colors are also expected to be available.
A New Surface Studio?
- Our most powerful Surface yet with Intel Core i7 processors, discrete NVIDIA GeForce GPU, and SSD storage
- The strikingly large 28" PixelSense Display is a stunning touchscreen with 13.5 million pixels of true-to-life color
- Tilt the display weightlessly to work at 20 degrees down in Studio Mode or upright in Desktop Mode
- Keep creativity flowing when you draw with the improved Surface Pen and use Surface Dial* for intuitive shortcuts
- Runs intensive professional-grade software like SolidWorks,* Adobe Creative Cloud,* and Autodesk*
While an update to the Surface Studio is widely anticipated, it is unclear if Microsoft will announce an official update for its all-in-one lineup. There’s no denying that Microsoft’s Surface Studio lineup needs to be updated. With the Surface 2, we got better specs, USB Type-C, and a higher-quality display, and we’re expecting the same with the Surface 3.
There are rumors that the Surface Studio 3 will launch with either the 12th-generation Intel Core i7 processor or the recently unveiled 13th-generation Intel Core i7 processor. Despite the newly announced RTX 4000 series GPUs, the Surface Studio 3 is reported to come with NVIDIA RTX 3000 series graphics. This doesn’t come as a massive surprise since people still haven’t gotten their hands on them.
Microsoft Surface Event — Final Thoughts
Every year brings exciting new innovations in tech. Besides the anticipated Surface Pro 9, Surface Laptop 5, and potential updates to the Surface Studio, there is always the possibility of a new device entirely. Of course, there is always the expected release of new peripherals as well, like the Surface keyboard, pen, and mouse.
We’ll have to stay tuned and catch the event on October 12th. If you’re as excited about the new Microsoft releases as we are, make sure you tune in to see if the rumors turn out to be true.
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