Will Microsoft unveil a new Surface Pro 7 in October?
It’s all but confirmed we’ll be seeing at least one new Surface device next month, and judging by the success of the Surface Pro 6, we would expect Microsoft to launch a new 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid this year, hopefully featuring the latest Ice Lake processors from Intel.
Rumours suggest the Surface Pro 7 could have a foldable model, while speculation is increasing regarding the existence of a Surface Go 2 device.
We won’t know for sure until Microsoft’s big reveal on October 2nd, but here’s what we know – and what we think we know – about the upcoming Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – When is the new Surface going to be announced?
Microsoft is holding a Surface event on October 2nd, which will be streamed live on Twitter from 10am Eastern Time, or 3pm UK time. We’re almsot guaranteed to get our first glimpse of the Surface Pro 7 here.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Release date – When is Surface Pro 7 coming out
We don’t yet have a release date for the new Surface Pro 7, but given the Surface Pro 6 was both announced and released in October 2018, we’re expecting the case to be the same with the Surface Pro 7.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Price – How much will it cost?
The Microsoft Surface Pro 7 price is yet to be confirmed, but we’re likely to hear confirmed details during the Surface event.
Prices for the Surface Pro 6 ranged from £879-£2149, depending on how much storage you picked, and which the processor you went for. Given that the new Acer Swift 5 range features Ice Lake processors, and will start for around £900, it’s hoped that the Surface Pro 7s will start at this price mark, too.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 – What to expect
A Microsoft Surface Pro is a Windows 2-in-1 – in other words, it’s a tablet with a detachable keyboard dock, which means it can double as both a laptop and a tablet.
Surface Pro tablets also support N-trig stylus technology, and the higher-end models are pitched towards artists, design students, or anyone who simply wants to sketch on the go. For that reason, we can see a Surface Pro 7 option with a G7 Ice Lake processor – the G7 in the new Intel naming convention means that the processor features an Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7.
Boasting 64 EUs – ‘execution units’, individual shader units – the Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 is currently the most powerful integrated graphics unit in Intel’s Ice Lake line-up. As well as giving digital painting programs a boost, you should be able to play games without a graphics card – or so Intel says.
Microsoft Surface Pro 7 Specifications – How powerful will it be?
Microsoft hasn’t given much in the way of clues as to what’s been unveiled on October 2nd, but that’s not stopping the rumours coming thick and fast.
German tech news site WinFuture claims that it’s got “information available”, which points to the Surface Pro 7 range coming with 10th gen Intel processors.
What’s more, WinFuture claim to have a rundown of memory and storage options too:
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD
- Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD
There appears to be no info on a 1TB version here, which is odd because you could pick up a Surface Pro 6 with a 1TB SSD.
Furthermore, WinFuture claim that the entry-level model will be powered by an Intel Core i3-10110Y CPU – that’s a processor from the Comet Lake range.
Mentioned in the Geekbench listing is an Intel Core i5-1035G1, a quad-core 1GHz processor which can turbo up to 3.6GHz.
The i5-1035G1 is one of the less-powerful Ice Lake chips, so hopefully we’ll get to see a Surface Pro 7 option with a Core i5-1035G7 or Core i7-1065G7 running things.
Surface Pros options typically come with higher and lower processor options – last year’s Surface Pro 6’s featured Core i5-8250U and i7-8650U Kaby Lake Refresh chips, for example – so there’s a precedent for this.
Last year, storage options ranged from 128GB to 1TB, so again, we would expect to see the new Surface Pro 7 line follow this.
Will there be a foldable Surface Pro 7?
Given the struggles manufacturers have had with foldable devices, if Microsoft really has cracked this (no pun intended), that’ll be an incredible feat – and as such, will likely seriously dent the wallet of anyone after one.
Related: Microsoft Surface Go Review
Will there be a new Microsoft Surface Pen?
It’s not just the actual 2-in-1 device which Microsoft looks to be giving an update. Rumours and leaks point towards a refreshed Surface Pen to improve the experience of your doodling and sketching.
The biggest rumoured update, reported by The Verge, is the inclusion of an integrated charging coil, giving the stylus the capability of wireless charging. The current model requires AAAA batteries to function, so it should be a big time saver to not have to buy extra batteries every time you need a recharge.
This new upgrade would make a lot of sense, as competitors have long abandoned batteries for charging a stylus. The Apple Pencil 2 can be juiced by magnetically connecting to the iPad Pro for example, while Samsung’s S Pen can recharge while slotted into a compatible Galaxy Note smartphone.
Could a Surface Go 2 be announced?
The Surface Pro 7 isn’t the only device expected to be announced at the Surface Event, with rumours heating up regarding a successor to the Surface Go.
A supposed Geekbeek 4 leak, found by Windows Latest, suggests a new Surface Go does in fact exist, and will sport an 8th Generation Intel Core m3-8100Y processor coupled with 8GB of RAM, offering a serious performance upgrade on the original.
If this Geekbench benchmark result is authentic, there’s still no guarantee whether this is a fully fledged Surface Go sequel or just a new top-tier configuration for the original 2-in-1 tablet device.