microsoft corp will hold a product event next month where executives are expected to unveil two new additions to the company’s Surface line of Windows devices.
Microsoft distributed press invitations to the event today. It takes place on October 12, the same day the company’s annual Ignite conference is scheduled to begin. Microsoft frequently presents updates to its productivity applications and Azure cloud platform at the Ignite conference.
The company is expected launching two new Surface devices on October 12. The first device is an updated version of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 8, a two-in-one Windows device that can be used as both a laptop and a tablet. Microsoft is also expected to update the Surface Laptop.
Both devices are believed to be powered by processors from Intel Corp.’s Alder Lake line of CPUs. will be equipped. The CPUs are made using the chipmaker’s latest Intel 7 semiconductor manufacturing process. Each Alder Lake chip contains two sets of processing cores, one optimized for performance while the other is designed to operate with a limited amount of power.
The entry-level versions of Microsoft’s upcoming Surface Pro and Surface Laptop devices are expected to ship with Intel’s Core i5-1235U processor. The processor comprises two performance-optimized cores and eight efficiency-optimized cores with a peak frequency of 4.4 gigahertz. In turn, the top-end editions of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop will reportedly feature the Core i7-1255U, which has the same number of cores as the Core i5-1235U but has a higher peak frequency and packs a faster integrated graphics card.
It is believed that the Surface Laptop will also be available with Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 chip. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3, the debuted last November, promises up to 60% better performance per watt than comparable Intel chips. It has a module optimized to run artificial intelligence software, which Qualcomm says is three times faster than competing technology.
The next-gen Surface Pro and Surface Laptop will both reportedly offer up to 1 terabyte of storage and 16 gigabytes of memory. The Surface Pro is expected to have a starting price of around $1,280. The Surface Laptop, on the other hand, will reportedly start at $1,190.
Microsoft disclosed in its latest earnings report that revenue from its Surface business rose 10% year over year in its most recent quarter. The business is part of the company’s More Personal Computing revenue segment, which had revenue of $14.4 billion in the quarter. In addition to Surface, the segment also includes a number of other product lines, including Windows and the search engine Bing.