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Surface Pro 7: Leaks & Rumors, Release date, Price & what we want to see

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Surface Pro 7 is the premium successor to the Surface Pro 6 and can be launched by Microsoft in 2019 to take Surface Pro line forward. In this article, we have done a roundup of all the Surface Pro 7 leaks and rumors so far and have also added or a wishlist of what Microsoft must add/change in Surface Pro 7 over its predecessor Surface Pro 6.

Surface Pro 7 Price, configurations & Release Date:

Microsoft has finally confirmed a Big Surface event on October 2 in New York City. Some have claimed that this time Microsoft will perhaps make this the biggest Surface launch event ever. Surface Pro 7 is a near-certain candidate for an unveil at this launch event. While we don’t have definitive dates out for this event, one can expect a Surface event in October 2019.

Comin to the pricing Surface Pro 7 will be priced similar to the Surface Pro 6, which was launched at $899. It may also happen that Surface Pro 7’s price could jump a bit as the $899 Surface Pro 6 launched at $100 more than the Surface Pro 5.

As per a new leak, Microsoft will launch the Surface Pro 7 in different variants. You can see the list below.

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 7, Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD

Surface Pro 7 Design & Processing Power:

Recent leaks suggest that there may be not only an Intel processor-powered Surface Pro 7 variant but even a variant powered by ARM processor codenamed “Excalibur”.

Intel’s 10th Generation Ice Lake CPUs may be the one plonked into Surface Pro 7 to make it more powerful than its predecessor, on ARM side the custom CPU may be based on Qualcomm’s upcoming 8cx SoC. A recent leak covered by us first caught Surface Pro 7 powered by Ice Lake processor appearing on Geekbench.

Though Surface Pro 7 may likely have variants with even i9 configuration for those wanting ultimate powerhouse of a Surface device. Intel Ice Lake CPUs are considered to be more battery efficient than their predecessors but if ARM-powered Surface Pro 7 becomes a reality it may well give the Intel-powered Surface Pro 7 a run for its money.

Coming to the design Microsoft may not go for the complete overhaul of Surface Pro 7 design over the Surface Pro 6 but once can imagine design tweaks at a detailed level. For example, the keyboard may see a redesign as was caught in a patent that indicates that the Type Cover may be thinner than it is right now. Similarly, another patent talks about the use of magnets to prevent the Type Cover from losing its grip.

Some Microsoft patents also featured a reflective touch display which means one can write on both sides of the display. This is an enticing idea and but a bit radical for Microsoft if we keep in mind Surface Pro iterations over the years.

We recently reported about a new radical innovation patented by Microsoft that makes Surface Pen with replaceable “sensing tips” possible. These sensing tips can be specialized for different purposes like one can be for drawing while another for more mundane tasks. The user would be able to easily replace sensing tips.

Surface Pro 7 Wishlist: What we want to see

New Surface Pen: Microsoft needs to bring some radical changes to Surface Pen that has only seen iterative improvements so far. We have seen many Surface Pen patents by Microsoft in the past with none of them making it to the real product. Hopefully, Microsoft implements one of a few of those nice ideas in the Surface Pen for Pro 7.

USB Type-C or Thunderbolt 3 port: USB Type-C ports have been done and dusted by all yet Microsoft is reluctant to add it to Surface Pro range. But this time Microsoft must add USB Type-C ports and also keep traditional ports there similar to what they did on Surface Go.

Thinner and more premium design: Thinner Bezels are a must along with more premium design for the Surface Pro 7 to truly shine. While the existing Surface devices feel premium Microsoft needs to take the game few notches higher with Surface Pro 7 design.

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