It looks like Microsoft’s premium Surface Laptop and Surface
Pro are getting a much-needed upgrade next year. Today, images
of the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8 have been revealed in
a new certification filed by the Redmond-based Microsoft in
According to certifications spotted online, Microsoft is
working on a Surface Laptop upgrade with model number ‘1950‘
and Surface Pro 8 with model number ‘1960‘.
Both Surface products will use Intel’s latest 11th-generation
processors, which comes with
Intel Iris Xe graphics.
It’s important to understand that Microsoft will use Intel’s
new integrated graphics in the upper tier of the company’s
next-gen Surface hardware. Iris Xe will be included in the Core
i5 and i7 processors, and Surface devices with Intel Tiger Lake
Core i3 processors will stick with Intel UHD Graphics.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft will also offer the Surface
Laptop (2021) with AMD options, but Surface Pro 8 will only
ship Intel hardware.
To start, Iris Xe is the new integrated graphics included with
Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake CPUs and the GPU promises better
While very little is known about the Surface Laptop 4 right
now, we already know pretty much everything about the Surface
thanks to the leaked eBay listing. According to earlier
reports, Surface Pro 8 comes with same 12.3-inch PixelSense
display and chunky bezels.
Surface Pro 8 will also retain the standard kickstand design.
In fact, the Surface Type Cover keyboard accessory, which is
sold separately, will remain unchanged as well.
The upgraded internal hardware will promise a boost in CPU
performance and graphical power.
Of course, there won’t be any major difference between the
Surface Pro 8 and Surface Pro 7 in terms of both performance
and design. However, if you rely on graphically demanding apps,
or you’d like to play games on your Surface hardware, the
powerful Xe graphics should help.