Microsoft’s Low-Cost Surface 7 Could Be Unveiled on October 2 With Slimmer Bezels, Onboard LTE, USB-C & More
Microsoft is going to host a hardware event on October 2 in New York. In addition to the rumored Surface Pro 7 and Surface Laptop 3, the company is also expected to reveal a relatively lower cost tablet. Although the Redmond giant usually leans towards Intel, this will apparently not be the case with Microsoft Surface 7.
Surface 7 Could Tout a Snapdragon SoC for Optimum Battery Life; Decent Performance Is Also Achievable With the Help of Tweaking
A French blog called Frandroid has leaked some possible specifications of the Microsoft Surface 7, and also claims to have the pictures of the device, which have not been shared. The device is apparently codenamed ‘Campus’, and this isn’t the first time this name has shown up.
The tablet is expected to feature a revised design, with really slim left and right bezels, most likely to take on Apple’s 2018 iPad Pro range. On the other hand, the top and bottom bezels are expected to be a tad bigger to house the selfie shooter and provide a magnetic attachment for the keyboard cover.
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.
Needless to say, the alleged Microsoft Surface 7 sounds quite intriguing, as not only will it hopefully be the first Surface tablet to get a major facelift in about five years, but also the first one to get an ARM-based SoC since 2013, and a capable one at that. Microsoft has promised exciting new innovations, which means we might finally get to see a Centaurus teaser. For those that don’t, it’s a dual-screen PC the company has allegedly been working on since quite some time.
What other devices are you excited to see other than the Microsoft Surface 7? Let us know down in the comments.