Some specs leak for the upcoming Surface Pro 7

Some specs leak for the upcoming Surface Pro 7
Microsoft will hold its next Surface themed event on October 2nd and it only makes sense that this is when we could see the unveiling of the Surface Pro 7. In fact, it was on October 2nd of last year when the current version of Microsoft's premium tablet was introduced. A report out of Germany, published by Windowsarea.de (via MSPoweruser), gives us an idea of what to expect specs-wise from the next Surface Pro model.

Just like it did with the Surface Pro line last year, most of the changes made to the Surface Pro 7 will be internal although there could be thinner bezels and a slightly flatter design. The big news is that all of the new variants of the tablet will feature 4G LTE connectivity. And this will be the case even though some units might be powered by 10th generation Intel Core processors and others by ARM CPU cores courtesy of a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx. The latter is integrated with the Snapdragon X24 modem chip supporting download speeds of up to 2Gbps.

Today's report notes that the DisplayPort will be replaced by a USB-C port, but since Surface Connect will remain onboard, the new port will not support the Thunderbolt 3 standard. And lastly, Microsoft might offer some new TypeCovers for the Surface Pro 7 sporting some different colors. A patent that popped up for the accessory last November revealed a new process to manufacture the TypeCover; this would result in a thinner keyboard 20% lighter than the one found on the current TypeCovers. In addition, a trackpad for the keyboard could be integrated directly into the circuitry.

If there is no change to the screen size, the Surface Pro 7 will be equipped with a 12.3-inch display; we could see a bump to the current 45Wh battery that provides up to 9 hours of battery life for the device.

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9 Comments

1. Rellaghs

Posts: 6; Member since: Jun 19, 2019

No thunderbolt? Lol. Next!

3. oldskool50 unregistered

Why would a person with a surface need Thunderbolt. Totally lame post. Its obvious you have zero idea who the Surface is for. Its tablet bruh. Show me a tablet with Thunderbolt.

6. LordDavon

Posts: 182; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

A lot of people complain about the missing Thunderbolt because that means they can't take advantage of eGPUs. For something like the Surface Pro, I can see people passing because of this. For my Surface Book 2, I really haven't found a need for Thunderbolt.

10. vincelongman

Posts: 5761; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Thunderbolt docks are huge for business/enterprise users If Microsoft wants more business/enterprise users they need to add Thunderbolt If they use Ice Lake, there's literally no reason not to support Thunderbolt But I suspect they're using Comet Lake, which lacks built-in Thunderbolt support (requires an external controller) Which could be why Microsoft isn't supporting Thunderbolt yet Microsoft reportly doesn't want to be the first to use Intel's new microarchitecture due to stability issues they've had in the past

7. Tipsy.trex

Posts: 22; Member since: May 17, 2016

??? The point of the surface is versatility. It would be much better if they jumped on the Tbolt standard so the surface could easily convert from a portable workhorse to an upper mid range gaming setup if it supported Tbolt.

2. LordDavon

Posts: 182; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

From my understanding, the Surface Connect uses 4 PCI lanes, which is why they couldn't also offer Thunderbolt. Since Coffee Lake offers 24 PCI lines, I'm not sure that having Surface Connect automatically negates Thunderbolt.

4. ahmadkun

Posts: 670; Member since: May 02, 2016

this thing is overpriced, I need one of these or even the surface book .. but i will get the pro 4 or the serface book 1 ..

14. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I have a SB1 since Nov 2016 and it is great. It costed me over 2000 dollars but it paid itself after a couple of design works. Right now I would love to get the latest model but I can still manage with what I have. For people who travels a lot and need a powerful device that is also versatile for sketching, this is it. If you won't take advantage of the convertible nature, you are paying a lot for that though

11. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

I’d still prefer iPad pro over this.

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