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Surface spring event | Rumor Roundup

Microsoft is rumored to have a spring Surface event with a number devices rumored to be announced and released. Some products are known to the public like the Surface Duo and Surface Earbuds. Some will be getting a refresh like the Surface Go 2 and Surface Book 3.

Surface Go 2

Surface Go has been sold out recently which points to a refreshed Surface Go 2 launch being imminent.

According to Windows Central, Surface Go 2 will feature a larger 10.5″ display inside of the existing chassis. A larger 3:2 aspect ratio display will likely make Surface Go 2 look more similar to Surface Pro X. Windows Central also states that the display will feature a bum in resolution to 1920×1280, up from 1800×1200 pixels.

OSWindows 10 Home in S mode
Display10.5-inches (1920 x 1280)
ProcessorIntel Pentium GOLD 4425Y
Intel Core m3-8100Y
GraphicsIntel HD Graphics 615
Intel UHD Graphics 615
Memory4GB
8GB
Storage64GB eMMC
128GB SSD
Expandable StoragemicroSD
SecurityWindows Hello facial recognition
Ports1x USB-C, 1x audio jack, 1x Surface Connect
ColorsPlatinum
PriceStarting at $399

An online retailer listed a placeholder for a black Type Cover for Surface Go 2. This matches the current Surface Go Type Cover design which means that Surface Go 2 is likely the same chassis or at least the same footprint.

Surface Go X

We are still expecting to see a announcement of the Surface Go X, at this event based on updated info from our source. They still maintain that a Microsoft branded processor based on the Snapdragon 7c compute platform, will be powering Surface Go X. It will start at a price of $329 for the base configuration. Our source supplied a number of updated specs that we have put in a table below. He also stated that the the marketing campaign for this will be centered around remote learning, the broadband gap with the benefit of built-in LTE and Microsoft Teams.

OSWindows 10 on Arm
Display10.5-inches, 60Hz, FHD
ProcessorSnapdragon 7c based ‘SQ’ processor, 8nm octa-core 2.45GHz
GPUAdreno 618
Memory4GB/8GB LPDDR4 @2133MHz
ConnectivityQualcomm Snapdragon X15 LTE modem, WiFi 6
Storage64GB eMMC
128GB eMMC
Expandable Storagemicro-SD
AuthenticationWindows Hello
Ports1x USB-C, 1x audio jack, 1x Surface Connect
ColorsBlack
PriceStarting at $329

Surface Book 3

The Surface Book 3 is to be powered by 10th gen Intel CPUs and Nvidia GPUs based on various SKUs of Surface Book 3 models were leaked online from online retailers. Specifically the 13.5″ and 15″ Surface Book 3 will run the Core i5-10210U and the Core i7-10510U.

One of the glaring omissions of the Surface Book 2 was that it only supported up to 16GB of RAM, this was disappointing since the Surface Book 2 is Microsoft’s most powerful laptop. Microsoft will now have the option of 8, 16 and 32GB of RAM in the Surface Book 3. Like we stated before, we would prefer if Microsoft offered up to 64GB of RAM like the 16″ MacBook Pro.

There will most likely be a minimum of 256GB of storage, with other options like 512GB and 1TB. IMO, Microsoft should offer the same options that are offered in the 16″ MacBook Pro. In that regard Microsoft should offer up to a 8TBs of storage.

Microsoft Surface Book 3 will be powered by 10th gen Intel CPUs, up to 32GB RAM and Nvidia Quadro GPU 2

A new leak claims that the Surface Book 3 will utilize the Nvidia Quadro GPUs instead of Nvidia GeForce GPUs. If you know anything about these GPUs, Quadro GPUs are more for creative professionals rather than GeForce which is typically optimized for games. However if Microsoft was looking to optimize for Nvidia’s RTX update for things like Minecraft, it could turn out to be a good move.

Microsoft Surface Book 3 will be powered by 10th gen Intel CPUs, up to 32GB RAM and Nvidia Quadro GPU 3

The top tier Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPU which is based on Nvidia Turing architecture with 24GB GPU memory would enable users to work with larger and more complex models, designs, 8K video content, AI-augmented tools and multi-application workflows.

Accessories

As for the accessories, there were sightings of a 127W Surface Connect Power Supply, while other accessories have started popping up online as well like a Surface Dock 2 and Surface USB-C Travel Hub.

Even the Surface Earbuds have showed up in listings.

Image via WinCentral

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Source: WinCentral, Windows Central

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