A new Surface Duo and a new Surface laptop are on the way.
Windows 11 isn’t yet out, but we’ll be able to view the first machines running the new operating system at an online-only event later this month. Microsoft teases a new Surface Pro X in the press invite, but the star of the show could be a Surface Studio in laptop form.
Microsoft has revealed that its next Surface event will be held on September 22nd, where the firm is expected to unveil new devices to highlight the impending Windows 11 operating system.
The Redmond behemoth has announced that the event will be place virtually and has already given out press invites. Still, anyone excited about what’s next for Surface and the next generation of Windows will be able to watch it on the Microsoft Events website.
As for what you can expect to see during the webcast, the image attached to the invitation suggests the company will unveil a successor for the Surface Pro X, which hasn’t been updated beyond a minor chipset revision. The device was meant to showcase Windows 10 on Arm thanks to custom silicon built in collaboration with Qualcomm specifically for this form factor, but it turned out that Windows 10 runs better in a virtual machine on Apple’s M1-based Macs.
Microsoft has been working on an in-house Arm-based chipset for a while, but there’s been no indication it’s ready to ship in a commercial product, so we’re likely looking at another Snapdragon SoC. On that note, Qualcomm is readying its first Nuvia-designed chip for a 2022 reveal, and that is expected to have 40 to 50 percent more IPC performance when compared to current mobile chips from Intel and AMD.
The Surface Duo 2—the company’s second take on the exotic dual-screened Android phone with an underpowered chipset and a less-than-appealing price—could also make an appearance during the event. The new gadget is believed to include a more capable Snapdragon 888 processor, NFC payment capabilities, and a significantly improved camera.
Finally, Microsoft may launch a Surface Go refresh with a more powerful Intel Core i3 processor and a thinner Surface Pro 8 with a high-refresh-rate screen. There are even rumors of a redesigned Surface Book with a non-detachable screen and a new hinge that looks almost like a portable Surface Studio.