There’s at least one new Surface on the way.
Microsoft confirmed it will host a launch event on October 31 in London, likely for the introduction of a new Surface Book or a new Surface Hub.
A company spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that Panos Panay, the Surface brand’s chief, will be speaking. If your brand’s chief is scheduled to make an appearance and give a presentation, you’re probably up to something major. Microsoft could also be using its time at Future Decoded to showcase ARM-powered hardware running Windows.
Microsoft and Qualcomm have long been working together to get Snapdragon processors inside Windows 10 devices. With that in mind, there’s a good chance Microsoft announces a new Surface featuring a special processor. Releasing its own hardware with the new technology gives consumers something to be excited about and OEM partners a reference to look at.
The overall expectation is that Microsoft’s Surface Book will be upgraded both internally and externally. It’s been almost two years since the laptop debuted, and there are plenty of areas that can be improved. Maybe the design will be overhauled, but the inclusion of Intel’s 8th generation Core processor is a lock for any new hardware.
As is the case with everything before it’s official, we’ll just wait and see what happens.