Most of Microsoft’s Surface product lineup is scheduled for a possible refresh at Microsoft’s October 2 occasion in New York City, and educated guesses, rumors, and potential experiences of latest Surface {hardware} are starting to, er, floor, But which make sense?

Last October, Microsoft’s Surface launch included the Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop 2, the Surface Studio 2, and the Surface Headphones. Earlier in 2018, Microsoft introduced the Surface Go and the Surface Book 2.  Theoretically, Microsoft might refresh all  of those merchandise, which might make for an epic Surface launch.

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If new Surface gadgets are the seeds that Microsoft will sow, the chip platforms from AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm signify the fertile floor from which to decide on. There aren’t any fewer than six viable Core microprocessors round which Microsoft might construct a Surface gadget: the prevailing Eighth-gen Intel “Whiskey Lake” U-series laptop computer and “Amber Lake” Y-series chips; Intel’s ”Ice Lake” 10th-gen platform, additionally in U- and Y-series configurations; and the upclocked 10th-gen “Comet Lake” platform, additionally in U- and Y-series splits. Intel’s Pentium Gold chips, the inspiration of the Surface Go, can nonetheless play a job. Then there are AMD’s new Ryzen Mobile processors, which have traditionally struggled to seek out traction in pocket book PCs. Finally we’ve got Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx chips, which promise improved efficiency and all-around connectivity.

Depending on the way you rely it, that’s six totally different chip platforms from which to decide on, earlier than you begin diving down into the person households such because the Core i5 or Ryzen 7. So right here’s the place we’re ranging from: Microsoft has various merchandise to refresh, and various choices from which to decide on. Here’s what’s effervescent up within the rumor mill to this point:

Surface Pro 7 utilizing USB-C: Credible

Thurrott’s Brad Sams start making claims final yr that the Surface Pro 7 (and doubtless the Surface Laptop 3, too) would come with a USB-C interface, as a part of Beneath A Surface, a e book he wrote in regards to the previous and way forward for Surface gadgets. To be truthful, most individuals anticipated Microsoft emigrate to USB-C final technology, as nearly all of its competitors has finished so, in addition to the Surface Book 2. The query now could be whether or not Microsoft will put off the Surface connector, a staple of all Surface gadgets, or double it up, because it has finished with the Surface Book 2. 

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Mark Hachman / IDG

The Surface Pro 6’s Surface Connector (the lengthy slot on the aspect of this Surface Pro 6) gives energy and I/O, however Microsoft hasn’t finished rather more with it.

Our guess: USB-C replaces the Type-A connector already on Surface gadgets. If Microsoft does away with the Surface connector, the USB-C port will most likely be Thunderbolt-enabled. If not, it’s extra doubtless that USB-C will exist alongside the Surface Connector as a extra generic I/O.

Microsoft Surface Book 2 IDG / Mark Hachman

In the Surface Book 2, a USB-C port sits alongside the Surface Connector. 

Surface Pro 7 utilizing Comet Lake: Credible

It’s cheap to imagine that Intel’s Comet Lake goes to seem in a single Surface product, and Ice Lake in one other. believes the Surface Pro 7 goes to run Comet Lake, and within the following configurations:

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512GB SSD

This can also be credible, not the least of which as a result of these are a few of the default configurations for many each laptop computer at a while or one other. But bear in mind, Ice Lake boasts an upgraded Iris Plus-capable GPU, whereas Comet Lake boasts quicker clock speeds. Deciding to spice up clock speeds on a pill whereas reserving Ice Lake’s graphics horsepower for a Surface Laptop 3 or Surface Book 3 makes extra sense.

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