What to expect from Microsoft’s Surface event

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Microsoft’s big September 22 hardware event is almost here, and there’s a lot of buzz this year around the Microsoft Surface devices we missed in 2021.

Other than the Surface Laptop 4 in April, there hasn’t been much hardware-wise from Microsoft, which has left some fans eager to see more this year, and we expect the company delivers this week with a few major releases. .

Plus, with Windows 11 just around the corner on October 5, there’s even more reason to hope that Microsoft will go big with its Surface event on September 22.

So what devices do we want to see this year? In our opinion, which devices will be postponed until 2022? Let’s dig and find out.

Microsoft Surface Pro X

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Microsoft Surface Pro X

Starting with the most likely device reveal, the Microsoft Surface Pro X was already in dire need of a refresh, having been released since 2019.

While there are plenty of reasons to speculate on its announcement based solely on the time of the event and how long it has been since its release, on Monday of this week we saw a report that an Energy Star certification for a new Surface Pro Device X was issued, indicating a “Date Available In Market” as September 7, 2021.

It was undoubtedly a fictitious date that Microsoft had put on its certification application, but they would have chosen a date close to the date they expected to launch the product, so we’re sure the Surface Pro X will be at Wednesday’s event.

Microsoft Surface Go 2

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Microsoft Surface Go 3

The Surface Go 2 launched in the middle of last year, so it hasn’t been released long enough to absolutely guarantee that a Surface Go 3 follow-up will make an appearance at this week’s event – but it There’s more than an outside chance we’ll see a new 10-inch Microsoft portable tablet unveiled on Wednesday.

The main reason we’re planning a Surface Go 3 is that the Surface Go 2 was somewhat underpowered, even for the time. It’s not really meant to compete with a full operating system running on a beefier laptop, so it was really aimed at the best Chromebooks on the market last year, like the Lenovo ThinkPad Duet Chromebook.

But it’s running a full version of Windows 10, so the specs really struggled (especially for the starting setups). With a new operating system set to arrive very soon, there’s a great opportunity to refresh the product line this week, starting with the Surface Go 3.

Surface Book 3

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Microsoft Surface Book 4

The Microsoft Surface Book 4 is another possible hardware reveal on September 22, for many of the same reasons as the Surface Go 3. Released in May of last year, the Surface Book 3 was a 2-in-1 plus laptop. high end that didn’t really match its premium price with its specs.

The Surface Book 3 was really held back by its lack of Intel H-series processors, and now with the 11th gen Intel Tiger Lake roughly the gold standard right now, the luxury 2-in-1 of Surface products from Microsoft is really on the move. need something more to compete with Lenovo, Asus and Dell.

What better time than the launch of a new operating system to update one of its best laptops with more premium hardware under the hood?

Microsoft Surface Duo

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Microsoft Surface Duo 2

It’s been just over a year since Microsoft announced the Surface Duo, the Redmond company’s version of a foldable tablet / phone.

It certainly has some issues, but Microsoft has had over a year to fix what’s broken and improve what works with the device, and recent FCC listings indicate Microsoft may be ready to try again with the Surface Duo 2.

The FCC certification document confirms the Surface Duo 2 is coming in, and the September 17 approval date puts it squarely in time for a September 22 reveal. Given the paper trail, we’re betting that the Surface Duo 2 will make its debut this week.

Surface Pro 7

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Microsoft Surface Pro 8

The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 was released in 2019, so most analysts believe the Surface Pro 8 will be announced this week. In January, an FCC filing indicated that a new design and improved specs for the next iteration of the Surface Pro were nearing completion.

Still, here we are, it’s almost nine months later, and we haven’t seen the Surface Pro 8, so if one device tops the new Surface line of devices on September 22, the Surface Pro 8 is almost certain to be it. We really hope they will do something about these glasses.


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