The Surface Pro 8 Might Have an Intel 11th-Gen CPU, 120Hz Display
Microsoft could be announcing the new Surface Pro 8 on 22 September 2021, which Twitter user Shadow_Leak said might have an Intel 11th-generation Core processor and a 13-inch 120Hz display with two Thunderbolt ports and narrow bezels. The tablet is also rumoured to feature replaceable SSD hard drives.
The Surface Pro 8 might not ship with USB-A ports and could make way for USB-C and Thunderbolt instead. This could be the first time Microsoft will include Thunderbolt support on a Surface. Microsoft has not yet added Thunderbolt support to Surface products due to security concerns.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Microsoft has been testing 120Hz displays for the Surface Pro series.
Aside from the Surface Pro 8, Microsoft might unveil other devices such as the Surface Book 4. The Surface Book 4's display could have a high refresh rate of up to 120Hz, possibly enabling the new Windows 11 Dynamic Refresh Rate feature. The feature will improve inking on the Surface Book 4 as well as let the device carry out smooth scrolling and switch to 60Hz modes to conserve battery life. Microsoft is reportedly improving the Surface Pen that is compatible with the Surface Book 4 to allow for haptic feedback. The Pen will snap to the Book 4's side and support charging when it is there.
Microsoft might launch a new Surface Pro X model as well, which could have a better chip and a high refresh rate display. The company might also announce the Surface Go 3, with at least one model possibly being powered by an Intel Core i3 processor. This can lead to better performance for the upcoming device compared to what the base Pentium Gold processor model of the Surface Go 2 can achieve.
The Surface Duo 2 could also debut at Microsoft's event. Leaks revealed that the phone could have a triple-camera system that has ultrawide, telephoto and standard camera lenses. The smartphone might come with a Snapdragon 888 processor, 5G support and an NFC reader.
The Surface Duo 2 might have a few, tiny hardware changes such as the fingerprint reader being moved into the power button and the device's USB-C port being centred on the right-hand side.
We're definitely excited for the event on 22 September to see if these new Surface products will be announced!
Written by Sophia Lopez
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