What changes will the new generation of Surface Pro 8 bring? We tell you all the rumors that have arisen so far about the Windows 2-in-1 tablet and its release date along with Windows 11.
Over the years, the Surface Pro has been a huge success for Microsoft in the PC market, to the point that many other leading equipment manufacturers have tried to emulate its footsteps and build systems similar to the Surface.
Generation after generation, the new versions have been renewed year after year between 2013 and 2019. However, last year 2020 there was a great stop in which Microsoft focused on presenting other products, but leaving aside the Surface Pro.
Point out that each successive update has been improving specific aspects in order to turn the 2-in-1 device into a more powerful and energy efficient solution, and it was only in 2019 when Microsoft finally added the USB-C port (without being yet compatible with Thunderbolt 3).
After this, we wonder if will 2021 be the year of the most radical changes in design and appearance of the Surface Pro? Will the eighth-generation Surface Pro end the previous topics? Next, we tell you everything that the rumors say.
Surface Pro 8: Specs Rumors
Here’s what we know of its possible setup based on current rumors. Of all of them, the one that has the most firmness is the fact that the new Surface Pro 8 have 11th generation Intel Core processors inside .
11th Generation Intel Core Processors
Cover or Type Cover with wireless charging and solar energy
Speaker integrated in the so-called kickstand
Release Date: October 2021
When is the Surface Pro 8 going on sale?
Microsoft has not revealed anything about it, but reviewing the history of previous releases, a sensible bet would be to say that the company will make its official launch at a hardware event that will take place throughout the month of October 2021.
It is likely that at the hardware level it will be accompanied by other Surface models such as the new version of Surface Laptop. On the Surface Neo and Surface Duo, Microsoft has not revealed plans to evolve these products, at least so far.
Because they are so different, the company said it wanted to gauge the reactions and get people used to the new concepts and usage that each one offers. Their success also depends on the support these products receive from the developers.
What we are one hundred percent sure of is that Microsoft will use the new version of the Surface Pro 8 for the launch of the new version of its Windows 11 operating system , a system that these days we are offering a lot of information.
How much will the Surface Pro 8 cost?
You should not forget that when purchasing a Surface Pro, you get the main equipment but not all its accessories. There is a complete ecosystem starting with the keyboard as a cover, the Surface Pen digital pen (both are optional), the dial and a number of other extras.
Thus, the current prices of the Surface Pro 7 start at € 899 in the case of the most basic model, climbing to € 2,249 if you opt for the most expensive model with 16 GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD-type storage. It also depends on the accessories chosen.
What are the buzz on the Surface Pro 8 specs?
As with previous models, Microsoft will use the latest Intel Core processor family to coincide with the launch, so everything indicates that it will have the 11th generation Intel Core inside.
As we saw with the Surface Pro X, there will also be an ARM processor-based Surface Pro 8, but Microsoft may launch a second-generation Pro X: the SQ1 processor was its own design, the result of the collaboration carried out with Qualcomm.
It’s really too early to leak spec sheets or actual photos of what the product could be, but a couple of technology patents have been spotted that could well be found on the Surface Pro 8. We’ll tell you about them.
First there is the speaker box embedded in the chassis itself, which appears to involve the speakers mounted on the kickstand, or Type Cover, and which use a closed area between the kickstand and the tablet to form a ‘resonance chamber. ‘.
Basically, when you open the kickstand, it forms a speaker box that provides louder sound without making the device bulkier, as long as you have it resting on a flat surface.
It’s unclear how the enclosure would work – the patent covers multiple options with one or more speakers, and also details an accordion-style setup that folds away when closing the kickstand. As the flow chart shows, the sensors and software will determine if the cabinet is open or closed and adjust the sound accordingly.
Solar or wireless charging case
If you think the loudspeaker rumor sounds like science fiction to you, don’t miss the other one that has already taken shape. The patent leaked online and discovered by WindowsLatest shows solar panels on the back of the kickstand.
Solar chargers are nothing new, but the real problem is that it is unlikely that most users will work outdoors with their Surface Pro, so exposing them to direct sunlight seems a bit tricky.
Today’s solar chargers are practically useless for many people, and with such affordable USB power banks, and fast charging modes implemented in smartphones, we cannot imagine that many people would want to buy a solar cover for their Surface Pro that would make the product more expensive. .
It’s nice that the Surface Pro 7 has a USB-C port, but it uses the USB 3.1 Gen 2 standard. That gives it a potential speed of 10 Gb / s, which is pretty fast. But it’s a quarter of the Thunderbolt 3 speed that other models already have.
So, we would like to see news in the new generation of Surface Pro 8, but neither can we expect big changes in something that has been working perfectly over the years and different generations, and that the general public continues to like.
Windows general public love the current form factor, as it manages to strike a perfect balance between screen size and usability with different usage modes.
Additionally, Surface Pro X, Surface Duo, and Surface Neo already account for other smaller or dual-screen screen sizes. We’re eager to find out what the final price will be for these two mentioned, but as more rumors emerge about the Surface Pro 8 we’ll be sure to incorporate them into the article.