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  • Kyle Chua

Microsoft Sets Date for Next Surface Launch Event

Microsoft has announced that it'll be holding a Surface launch next month, which, of course, means new laptops are on the horizon.

Credit: Microsoft

The software giant is set to hold the event on 12 October, right before its developer- and IT-focused Ignite conference kicks off. While there was no mention of what'll be shown off at the event, going by recent rumours and speculation, we can expect to see Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5. A number of details about the two refreshed releases have already surfaced online, seemingly hinting that they're close to launching.

The Surface Pro 9 is expected to ship with new Intel 12th generation Alder Lake processors. WinFuture's sources claim that the Intel Core i5-1235U is the platform of the base model, while the Intel Core i7-1255U is reserved for the higher-end configurations of Microsoft's new hybrid devices.

The laptop could also feature up to one terabyte of internal flash memory via a PCIe NVMe SSD, paired with up to 16 GB of RAM. But the display is said to be the same, with the screen size remaining 13.5-inches with the same resolution.

Microsoft Surface Pro 8. Credit: Microsoft

The Surface Laptop 5, meanwhile, ships with the same Intel processor variants as the Surface Pro 9. For memory, it could similarly have up to 1TB of storage, though it's still unclear whether it'll also allow up to 16GB of RAM.

The Surface Pro 9 is also expected to come in two brand new colour variants: Forest and Sapphire. By their names alone, the former is likely a shade of green, while the latter is a shade of blue. Whether the Surface Laptop 5 also comes in these colours is still unknown.

Microsoft is joining other tech giants who are celebrating the fall season with the launch of new products. The likes of Amazon, Google and Apple, among others, are all expected to host hardware events in the coming weeks.

  • Microsoft has announced it'll be hosting a Surface launch event on 12 October.

  • While the software giant didn't share specifics, the Surface Pro 9 and Surface Laptop 5 are the devices expected to be revealed at the event.

  • Both laptops are reportedly shipping with new Intel 12th generation Alder Lake processors.

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