After officially naming the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, Microsoft sent out press invites to the media on September 7 for the launch of its upcoming Surface products. The event is set to happen in New York City on October 2 at 4:00 PM ET. The software giant mentioned “a moment of your time” in its invite. Consumers, enthusiasts and experts are expecting the company to unveil refreshed versions of the Surface Laptop, Surface Pro, and Surface Studio lineups of personal computers.
While we do not have any credible information on the design or features of the upcoming Surface Pro and the Surface Studio as of now, we have managed to exclusively obtain images of the upcoming Microsoft Surface Laptop 2. Here’s an entire image gallery of the Surface Laptop 2 for your eyes to feast upon.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2: Images, Colour Variants
Right off the bat, you can notice that there’s no change in the overall design of the Surface Laptop 2 compared to its predecessor that was launched last year. There’s one change, though, and that’s the new black-coloured variant of the laptop instead of Graphite Gold. Last year, the Surface Laptop was launched in Cobalt Blue, Burgundy, Graphite Gold and Platinum.
The new laptop will most likely feature the same 13.5-inch PixelSense display, aluminium build, Alcantara fabric-covered keyboard, a large touchpad, and most of its ports on the left side.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 2: What Features & Hardware Specifications To Expect?
Most of the changes in the Surface Laptop 2 are meant to be internal. The company will most likely use the latest-generation processors from Intel and a faster memory to go with it. We expect Microsoft to equip its upcoming laptop with 8th Gen. Intel Core series processors, LPDDR4 RAM, and SSD storage. An SD card slot and a USB Type-C port would’ve been nice, but we don’t always get what we want, do we? Last year, the company allowed consumers to choose up to Intel Core i7 ultra-low voltage CPUs, 16GB of LPDDR3 RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage. There should be a gigabit Wi-Fi networking chip and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless connectivity.
The 13.5-inch PixelSense touchscreen display on the Surface Laptop had a resolution of 2256×1504 pixels, an aspect ratio of 3:2, and Surface Pen compatibility. We don’t expect any change in the upcoming laptop’s screen, and Microsoft will most likely continue using the same screen. As we can see in the images, the company has decided to stick with its plan to offer a limited set of I/O ports on the Surface Laptop 2: USB 3.0 Type-A, Mini DisplayPort, 3.5mm headset jack, and a Surface Connect port. It should also be compatible with the Surface Dial as well. There should be a Windows Hello-compatible webcam, Dolby Audio Premium compatible speakers, and stereo microphones.
Microsoft Surface Event: Which Other Devices & Services To Expect?
Microsoft is also expected to refresh the long-due Surface Studio PC. It was first unveiled in December 2016, and it featured a 28-inch PixelSense display, 6th Gen. Intel Core series CPUs, Nvidia GeForce GTX 9xx series GPUs (in higher-end variants of the PC). If the Surface Studio gets refreshed this year, it will most probably be equipped with 8th Gen. Intel Core processors and latest Nvidia GPUs among other things.
The company is unlikely to update the Surface Book lineup since the Surface Book 2 already features relatively newer hardware. However, we can expect an updated Surface Pro lineup with the latest Intel CPUs and integrated graphics. There have been rumours of an updated Surface Hub as well. Microsoft could also shed some light on the next big Windows 10 update as well as new features for its cloud services and Android as well as iOS apps.