Don't expect much from Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 announcement event

Don't expect much from Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 announcement event
Microsoft is set to officially kick off an avalanche of exciting October product announcement events next Tuesday, but it might be wise to tone down your expectations. 

Because it’s obviously way too early for a Surface Go sequel, while the mythical Surface Phone has been reportedly overhauled (again) and delayed (again), all the Redmond-based tech giant is gearing up to unveil on October 2 is a Surface Pro 6 and a Surface Laptop 2.

That’s at least according to Roland Quandt, an increasingly prolific and almost always trustworthy source of inside information on unreleased gadgets. Quandt believes the sixth iteration of the company’s most popular 2-in-1 design and the second installment in the more conventional Surface Laptop series will be made available “at the same prices” as their predecessors.

Still, the two should offer “updated hardware”, which may not include much beyond typical Intel processor enhancements. There’s “likely” to be “nothing else” planned for this event, so if you were perhaps rooting for a follow-up to last year’s detachable Surface Book 2 hybrid, odds are you’ll end up disappointed.

The Surface Pro 6, by the way, was prematurely and thoroughly revealed in a bunch of unboxing pictures yesterday, looking pretty much identical to its forerunner. Those large screen bezels are no longer acceptable for a device expected to cost $800 and up (no keyboard or Surface Pen included), while the USB-C port omission is likely to cause growing frustration among fans of the Windows 10 tablet/laptop experience.

source: Roland Quandt (Twitter)

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4 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1709; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Don't expect much...but double the power in a possibly fanless laptop (the current Surface Pro 2017 is fanless up to the i5 processor). The new Intel laptop processors are now quad-core while the old 7xxx ones were dual core.

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1334; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Exactly do not expect much, just a new iterative model with a throttling issue. Not really an M$ fault, we know how Apple is not capable of cooling 4 and 6 cores in a laptop, let alone in tablet form factor as well. It is an Intel issues but it depends on how manufacturer tries to make it as less pronounced as possible - huge heatsink for instance, bigger body to dissipate heat etc.

3. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

How about a cheaper AMD based Surface Pro. Stuff those crappy new Intel processors

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1334; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

That would make sense, but when was the last time M$ did something that made sense?

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