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What to expect from Microsoft’s October 2 Surface event

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Microsoft is set to hold its fall event on October 2 in New York City. Though Microsoft’s US offices have not given details on what it will announce at the event, a separate Microsoft event listing confirmed that the Surface will be going “back to black” this October, confirming earlier rumors that at least a few devices in the Surface lineup will embrace the darker hue. In addition to potentially unveiling the Surface in black, Microsoft may also utilize the time to talk about its other components of its refreshed hardware lineup along with its software, and services.

Hours before the event, an image got posted on Twitter from user WalkingCat (shown above), which shows the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio — the first of the two in the expected black variant. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any other surprises, though. Here’s a rundown of everything Microsoft could announce.

The Upcoming Windows 10 Update

We expect Microsoft to talk quite a bit about the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 Update and updates to important software. It was first announced at IFA and will be the next big update to Windows since the April 2018 Update.

What will the new version of Windows 10 include? Well, inter-connectivity has been a major theme for Microsoft lately, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see more Windows 10 compatibility with other devices and platforms. We already know that the update, called Redstone 5, will have changes like a new Notepad, a Cloud-powered Clipboard, a better Game Bar, and the SwiftKey app (which Microsoft now owns).

We don’t know much else, so expect a specific release date and full update notes at the event. For gamers looking to pick up Nvidia’s Turing-based graphics cards, like the GeForce RTX 2080, this Windows 10 update could help to unlock the GPU’s key feature: Ray tracing. With ray tracing support coming to Windows 10 through the October 2018 Update, gamers can expect to see more ray tracing titles should hit the market in the near future.

Surface Laptop 2

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The Surface Laptop is a lower-budget line for those who wanted a Surface computer, but preferably not at the price of a Book. In this the Laptop was more or less successful, but there was a lot of compromise, too, especially in the switch to Windows 10 S. But now that Windows 10 S has been replaced with S Mode, Microsoft’s approach toward this products may be have been altered.

Upgrades to the display, processor, and storage are all likely if Microsoft is bringing a new model to market. There’s also a good chance the new Surface Laptop could be black as well if recent leaks are to believed. A listing for a Microsoft New Zealand event scheduled for October 16 noted that the Surface will be headed back to black this month, and the Surface Laptop could be one of the likely models to embrace the darker shade.

Surface Pro 6

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It’s a good time for a new Surface Pro, particularly since Intel recently announced 8th-gen mobile processors that would be a perfect fit for an updated Pro model. While an updated processor is a guarantee, we don’t have much information beyond that. We could see it come in black, and we might also have it come with a USB-C port. Like the Surface Laptop, the Surface Pro may once again be available in black. Black is not a surprising choice of color for the tablet, given that both the Surface Pro and Surface RT initially debuted in black; Microsoft only made the change to silver in recent years.

Rumors also suggest that an updated Surface Pen may also be likely, as Microsoft looks for new ways to add usability to the model. Other rumors caution that Microsoft may be planning on a full redesign of the Pro line, which would push any new model announcements into 2019 — or would at least mean this year’s update will be fairly minimal.

Given the more modest updates to the Surface Pro and the Surface Laptop this year, the good news, according to WinFuture’s Roland Quandt on Twitter, is that we can likely expect the refreshed devices to debut at the same prices as the outgoing models. For reference, the current base Surface Pro model retails for $800, while the starting price for the Surface Laptop is $1,000 on Microsoft’s web store. If you’re picking up the Surface Pro, you’ll likely also need to budget some money to get the keyboard cover; Microsoft has never bundled the keyboard in the price of the device in the past.

Surface Book 3

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If Microsoft wants to stick with a yearly schedule for the Surface Book line (which it has thus far), then we will definitely see a new Surface Book model announced this October. Last year we saw an updated Surface Book 2 with an option for a larger screen, and even more power. However, we suspect and hope that a Surface Book 3 is still on its way. The Surface Book 2 was certainly an improvement, but it still has its problems, including a power charging issue and a USB-C port that was already a little out of date on release.

A new Surface Book could keep the 15-inch model option, update the power cable and USB ports, and give us an even more refined tablet mode. Patent notes indicate that there could also be more hinge changes on the way, maybe even with a swivel option. Changes like these could do a lot to convince buyers who are still on the fence about the Surface Book.

Surface Dial 2

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The original Surface Dial was a cool concept – a movable, customizable button that you could put on the surface of the Studio and use to control things. Not all of that novelty transferred to the real world—outside of some artistic and design applications, it can be hard to find a novel use for the Dial. Some users also found the device a little awkward to use, while others disliked how it blocked off a part of the Studio screen.

The new Surface Dial, however, could take quite a different approach to make the tech puck as attractive as possible to a broad audience. Patent filings from Microsoft indicate that the Dial 2 could have a transparent design that makes the screen below easier to see. If such a device really were in development, the October event would be a great place to talk about it. Which brings us to…

Surface Studio 2

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The first Studio was an ambitious and beautiful desktop PC specifically aimed at artists, engineers, architects, and all types of designers. It had an incredible, adjustable screen, but the hardware didn’t exactly impress. Fortunately, there are many ways that Microsoft could improve the Studio, and a Studio 2 announcement seems likely this time around. In its New Zealand event listing, Microsoft gave a brief overview of the Surface family since the original Surface RT debuted, and the Surface Studio’s “zero-gravity hinge” was called out. Given that the listing stated that the Surface will be going “back to black” this fall, the Surface Studio may also be available in this shade.

We would love to see a more powerful processor than the rather underwhelming Studio provided, a full SSD drive, and a greater number of useful ports on the Studio 2. That said, leaked early benchmarks for the Surface Studio suggests that the all-in-one desktop may be again under-powered. The results suggested that Microsoft opted for a 7th-Generation Intel Core i7-7820HQ processor. If that’s accurate, it’s rather unfortunate that Microsoft didn’t choose to go with a beefier Intel 8th-Generation chipset to cater to the professional crowd. A lower price tag would also be great, but that’s a lot to ask with all the other improvements.

Surface Go with LTE

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We compared the Surface Go to the iPad a lot in our review, because this is definitely the market spot that Microsoft was aiming for (although the Go is a bit more keyboard-dependent). And like the iPad, it largely fills that on-the-move tablet space while still have plenty of room for upgrades.

Even though it’s only been a couple months since the Go was released, Microsoft indicated LTE would be coming soon, and it would be an easy way to capitalize on the recent release of the tablet.

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