Microsoft Surface rumors heat up ahead of October event

The Surface Pro 8
Last year’s Surface Pro 8. | Image by Becca Farsace/MovieBeat

Microsoft is expected to launch its next generation of Surface devices at an event next month, and over the past week a growing number of rumors have shed light on what form they could take. Topping the list is a new 2-in-1 device – the Surface Pro 9 – as well as the latest Surface Laptop 5.

WinFuture reports that both should be available with Intel’s 12th Gen processors, up from the 11th Gen models seen in last year’s Surface Pro 8 and Surface Laptop 4. Specifically, he expects to see an Intel Core i5-1235U in entry-level models and a higher-end Core i7-1255U, which should deliver single-core performance increases of up to 22% and 12% respectively. Storage should reach 1TB, while up to 16GB of RAM should be available.

In addition to Intel chips, the Surface Pro 9 could also be offered with an Arm-based processor. WinFuture reports that it will be branded Microsoft SQ3 and will be based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 platform. The good news is that the laptop should actually support 5G this time around, which is more than can be said for last year’s Arm-powered Surface Pro X. If Microsoft offers the Surface Pro 9 in Intel and Arm flavors, that could mean we’re seeing an updated design and the end of the Surface Pro X line.

On the Surface Laptop 5 side, WinFuture reports that it has yet to see evidence of an AMD-powered version. This contrasts with the Surface Laptop 4, which offered a choice of Intel and AMD. However, since area manager Panos Panay posed for a selfie with AMD CEO Lisa Su just a few days ago, it would be surprising to see a Surface Laptop 5 without an AMD option. AMD refreshed its line of laptop processors with the Ryzen 6000 series at CES 2022 and announced new low-power laptop processors just a few days ago.

Away from the specs, the Surface Pro 9 could come in new color options, with green (aka “Forest”) and light blue (“Sapphire”) joining the standard black and silver variants. The screen size is expected to be 13.5-inch again, while the Laptop 5 is also expected to come in a larger 15-inch variant.

As for the price, WinFuture reports that the Surface Pro 9 should start at €1,300 (about $1,288 and around €100 more than the starting price of last year’s Pro 8). In the meantime, the Laptop 5 should start at €1,200 for its 13.5-inch model (around $1,189 and around €50 more than last year) and €1,500 for the 15-inch version (around $1,487 and the same as last year).

According Leak WalkingCatMicrosoft’s event is currently scheduled for October 11 at 12 PM ET, though that time has yet to be officially confirmed by the company itself.

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