Executives are expected to unveil two new Surface Windows devices at a product event hosted by Microsoft next month.
Microsoft sent out press invites for the event today. It will take place on October 12, the same day as the company’s annual Ignite conference. Microsoft frequently unveils upgrades to its productivity products and Azure cloud platform at the Ignite conference.
The firm is expected to unveil two new Surface devices on October 12. The first device is an improved version of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8, a two-in-one Windows device that can function as a laptop and a tablet. Microsoft is also anticipated to release an update for the Surface Laptop.
What’s under the hood?
Both devices are expected to use processors from Intel’s Alder Lake generation of central processing units (CPUs). The CPUs are produced using Intel’s latest semiconductor manufacturing process. Each Alder Lake chip contains two sets of processing cores, one geared for performance and the other optimized for power efficiency.
Microsoft’s entry-level Surface Pro and Surface Laptop devices are expected to include Intel’s Core i5-1235U CPU. With a peak frequency of 4.4 gigahertz, the CPU has two performance-optimized cores and eight efficiency-optimized cores.
Meanwhile, the premium Surface Pro and Surface Laptop variants will purportedly feature the Core i7-1255U, which has the same amount of cores as the Core i5-1235U but a higher overall frequency and a stronger integrated graphics card.
The Surface Laptop is expected to be offered with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 CPU. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 CPU, released in November, reportedly delivers up to 60 percent more performance per watt than equivalent Intel chips. It includes a module that Qualcomm claims is three times faster than the competition, and especially effective when handling artificial intelligence applications.
According to reports, the next-generation Surface Pro and Surface Laptop will each have up to 1 terabyte of storage and 16 gigabytes of RAM.