Microsoft’s upcoming event for the Surface range is expected to see the Surface Pro 7 and the Surface Laptop 3 launched to take over in their respective categories. At one point the Surface Book 3 was also expected, but it looks like Microsoft is preparing a third device to expand the Surface family.
It’s called the Surface 7, and looks ready to take on the mid-range tablet market, the cloud based Chromebook market, and to bring Qualcomm into the Surface portfolio alongside stalwarts Intel and the possible introduction of AMD via the Surface Laptop. WCCFTech’s Omar Sohail reports:
In terms of performance, the Microsoft Surface 7 is expected to have Qualcomm’s ARM-based Snapdragon 8cx under the hood. Though Qualcomm’s earlier press details revealed the Snapdragon 8cx was powerful enough to take on Intel’s quad-core 15W i5-8250u designed for ultrabooks, recent benchmarking results reveal Qualcomm’s silicon is still lower than Intel’s offering.
Fortunately, the benefit of having a Snapdragon 8cx means that the device will likely also offer always-on 4G LTE. The report also states that USB-A and MiniDisplayPort connections will be retired in favor of USB-C as this will help the device achieve a much thinner design.
Where would this new tablet fit into the Surface family?
Panos Panay, vice president of Microsoft Surface Computing, speaks about the new Microsoft Surface.
It’s worth noting that Microsoft has the Surface Go in the portfolio, this Windows 10 tablet has been targeted towards enterprise customers, specifically at point of sale and on factory and warehouse floors. Assuming that the Go will continue (and there’s no indication that it’s a dead end) then there is space for a much more consumer friendly tablet. That would be the Surface 7.
Microsoft has been here before. Alongside the intel powered Surface 3 Pro sat the Surface 3, a lower specced tablet using the Intel Atom chipset. While the Surface Pro 3 introduced the new form factor the the Surface tablets and was arguably the first of the professional tablets that could replicate the power of a desktop or high-end laptop, the Surface 3 took on the tablet market dominated by the iPad
Article by: Ewan Spence, Forbes
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