Microsoft rarely divulges info about upcoming Surface products,
but multiple reports suggest that the tech giant is
planning to announce updated Surface Pro X and smaller Surface
Laptop in the next two weeks.
People familiar with the development citing unnamed sources
says there will be no “Surface Laptop 4 and Surface Pro 8” at
Microsoft has decided to delay the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface
Pro X due to the economic crisis around the world.
At potential October event, Microsoft could launch updated
versions of the ARM-based Surface Pro X. In addition, Microsoft
will also potentially showcase new hardware accessories.
Unfortunately, we do not expect the above two flagship products
in the fall of 2020, at least at the time of reporting.
It’s possible that Microsoft plans to hold another event in the
first half of 2021 to announce the Surface Laptop 4 and Surface
Pro 8. Whatever the case, we should take this rumor with a
pinch of salt because plans are always subject to change,
especially in the current environment.
Surface Laptop “Sparti” and Surface Pro X refresh
According to reports, Surface Laptop “Sparti” is expected to
feature a 12.5-inch display and Microsoft plans to sell it at
around $500 to $600.
The device is expected to come with standard bezels, 12.5-inch
PixelSense display, 4GB of RAM, and at least 64GB of storage.
This smaller and affordable Surface Laptop will ship with
Windows 10 in S mode, a lightweight operating system that is
particularly designed for budget devices.
Even as a lightweight OS, Windows 10 in S mode is frequently
updated with general improvements and it’s focused on the
education sector, where Chromebooks are having success.
As we mentioned at the outset, Microsoft will also announce
updated versions of the Arm-based Surface Pro X devices with
SQ2 processor. This CPU will be based on the Qualcomm
Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 chip with additional improvements in terms
of performance, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
It’s believed that both devices could go on sale in the United
States in October.