Microsoft is apparently working on a new Surface Pro X with an
upgraded internal chipset and Windows 11 on ARM. The Surface
Pro (2021) has been the subject of the latest leak on
certification websites, suggesting that the 2-in-1 Always
Connected PC will be compatible with Windows 11.
This leak comes courtesy of Energy Star
certifications, which show that Microsoft is testing a new
Surface Pro X with Windows 11 and it will run the Snapdragon SQ
processor. It should be noted, however, that the Surface Pro X
is listed on the Energy Star website with Snapdragon SQ2.
This is probably just a placeholder, as the Snapdragon SQ2 was
previously used for the last Surface Pro X model. According to
the same listing, Surface Pro X will have up to 16GB of RAM and
it has been certified for the following countries: United
States, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan, and Canada.
A Surface product with the same model number (2010) has also
FCC certification earlier this month.
A previous leak suggested that the tech giant is testing a new
120hz display for the Surface Pro lineup, but it’s not yet
clear if the same display will be used for the Surface Pro X
The fact that certification filings are coming in pretty fast
would suggest the Surface Pro X will be announced during the
company’s September 22 event.
What to expect from the Microsoft Surface event
The new and first Windows 11 on ARM PC should be coming
alongside a new Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3,
Surface Duo 2, and other products.
Surface Pro 8 is expected to pack an 11th gen Intel processor,
replaceable SSDs, Thunderbolt support, and a new 13-inch
display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and slightly slimmer
bezels. This would be the first Surface Pro device to
support Thunderbolt and 120Hz display.
On the other hand, Surface Go 3 is expected to use the same
10.5-inch display and the processor will be upgraded. The
device is expected to use a Pentium Gold 6500Y processor and it
will be paired with 4GB of RAM.
According to sources familiar with the development, Microsoft
is also believed to be working on a flagship product that could
be part of the Surface Book lineup. The tech firm is planning
to unveil at least one expensive product on September 22 and it
could be either Surface Book or Studio.
It is expected to cost more than $3,000, so there’s a chance
that the Surface Book upgrade will include major hardware and
design improvements, but nothing is confirmed so far.
These new Surface products are expected to go on sale during
the holiday season in the United States.