Microsoft Surface Event LIVE blog: Announcements, start time, new hardware expectations

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The last big PC announcement we expect from Microsoft at the event is a new Surface Laptop 5! Rumors about it have been pretty light, but we know it shouldn’t be a huge departure from the Surface Laptop 5.

It’s likely to feature 12th Gen Intel chips inside, but oddly we don’t expect to see AMD Ryzen options for the first time since 2019. Also expect to see Thunderbolt 4 support and a new Sage colorway.

Surface Pro 8 front with Type Cover

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Another new device we’re expecting is the Surface Pro 9, which we believe will feature both Intel and ARM chips for the first time. Previously, Microsoft reserved its ARM chips for a special “Surface Pro X” line of devices, but this year could be the first year that Microsoft merges the Surface Pro X with the mainline Surface Pro line.

Other rumors suggest the Surface Pro 9 will come in a handful of new colors, including green and blue, in addition to the usual silver and black. Inside, expect to see 12th Gen Intel chips and Microsoft’s custom SQ3 ARM SoC based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3. The ARM model should also include 5G for the first time on a Surface PC! —Zac Bowden

Surface Studio 2

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One of the devices we expect to see announced tomorrow is a new Surface Studio, which I’m told could be dubbed the Surface Studio 2+. We’re expecting an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11370H chip, paired with NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics for a huge performance boost over the older Surface Studio 2.

It’s been four years since Surface Studio was last updated, so many were hoping to see some sort of updated design. Unfortunately, it looks like it won’t, as an FCC filing accidentally revealed its design, and it looks identical to the previous generation. —Zac Bowden

Updated: Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Welcome to Windows Central’s live blog for the Microsoft Fall 2022 Surface hardware event. We’re expecting things to kick off with a pre-recorded video stream at 10 a.m. tomorrow, and I’ll be there to cover it as all devices are announced. We’re expecting an updated Surface Studio for the first time since 2018, an updated Surface Laptop, and an updated Surface Pro.

The event also marks 10 years of Surface, so we might even see something to commemorate the occasion. So be sure to check back here tomorrow for all the news as it happens! The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. —Zac Bowden

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