In January 2021, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 7+ for
Business with three times better performance than its
predecessor. In addition to improved performance, Surface Pro
7+ also comes with enhanced hardware security features,
but it’s entirely aimed at business customers.
Many people were hoping that the next version of Surface Pro
would introduce a new design with smaller bezels similar to the
Surface Pro X. Surface Pro 7+ performance and security
improvements is certainly good news, but it’s a bit of bad news
for anyone hoping for a major redesign.
Surface Pro 7+ is not coming to the consumer market and there’s
a reason: the company wants to make room for the Surface Pro 8,
which is set to launch in the fall. As a result, the Surface
Pro 7 + will always remain exclusive to business, education
customers and front-line workers.
According to sources familiar with the development, Microsoft
is still considering design improvements for the 2-in-1 device
Later this year (October-November), Microsoft is planning to
announce consumer-focused Surface Pro 8 with improved hardware
and design. The design of the device won’t be changed
completely, but there’ll be some noticeable improvements.
Like the Pro 7+, Surface Pro 8 will also come in configurations
that offer some much-needed powerful components. This includes
a new quad-core Intel processor and up to 32GB of RAM, which
should make it a very capable productivity machine.
Of course, the plans are always subject to change and Surface
Pro 8 launch could be pushed back.
Another device that could be refreshed is ‘Surface Laptop 4’,
recently spotted passing through Bluetooth certification in the
US. Reports have suggested that Surface Laptop 4 could be
launched sooner than later and the Redmond firm might announce
the flagship laptop in April.
Unlike Surface Pro 8, Surface Laptop 4 is expected to ship with
the same design as the Surface Laptop 3. According to
certifications and leaks, Surface Laptop 4 will come with
Bluetooth 5.1, Wi-Fi 6 and new Ryzen chips.