Microsoft teases a possible Surface launch tomorrow morning

Microsoft seems poised to make an announcement about its next Surface or Surfaces tomorrow morning. The company posted a slightly enigmatic tweet on its Surface account today that asks “Where will Surface go next?” The keen eyes of Sean Hollister at CNET suggest we'll find out tomorrow morning at 6 AM Pacific. Each of the devices in Microsoft's tweet is set to show that time and date, suggesting we should be paying attention at the crack of dawn tomorrow on the West Coast.

Hollister also compiled a number of recent rumors suggesting that Microsoft is planning to announce a lower-priced Surface, citing work by noted scooper Mark Gurman and Diana Bass at Bloomberg that points to the introduction of such a device. Bloomberg's sources say the planned device is a 10-inch tablet with a starting price around $400, iPad-like rounded corners, and a USB Type-C port among its inputs. Bloomberg's sources also suggested that this Surface will continue to use Intel processors rather than the ARM SoCs inside the company's past thrusts into the lower-priced tablet space. Whatever the case may be, it seems we won't have long to find out.

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    • derFunkenstein
    • 1 year ago

    Looks like they jumped their own announcement by about 12 hours:

    [url<]https://blogs.windows.com/devices/2018/07/09/meet-surface-go-starting-at-399-msrp-its-the-smallest-and-most-affordable-surface-yet/[/url<] $400 "Surface Go" has a 7th Generation Intel Pentium Gold Processor 4415Y and a USB-C 3.1 port. The Surface-specific dock connector is still there, too.

    • anubis44
    • 1 year ago

    How about an AMD SoC for once. Something with decent Radeon graphics and low overall wattage. [url<]http://www.itechpost.com/articles/92067/20170317/microsoft-surface-pro-5-amd-ryzen-windows-10-update-coming.htm[/url<]

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 1 year ago

    12pm isn’t the crack of dawn. That’s noon. If it is west coast time, that almost quitting time for me on the East Coast.

      • chuckula
      • 1 year ago

      It’s 1700 somewhere.

      • Wirko
      • 1 year ago

      Even Brits find imperial time confusing. “There are no standards established for the meaning of 12 a.m. and 12 p.m.” – National Physics Laboratory
      [url<]http://www.npl.co.uk/reference/faqs/is-midnight-12-am-or-12-pm-faq-time[/url<]

    • Chrispy_
    • 1 year ago

    I hope the replacement for the Surface 3 has a Goldmont+ Pentium Silver N5000, runs native W10 and that it comes with more than 32GB of storage. I’d definitely buy one at that point and donate my current Ultrabook to family.

    I had an Atom with 32GB eMMC and it wasn’t enough, once I started to actually use the thing in a meaningful way. 64GB eMMC is hardly expensive, and despite claims that a microSD can be used for additional storage, it performs atrociously, even if you buy the fancy Samsung EVO U3 models.

      • sweatshopking
      • 1 year ago

      That’s exactly the rumors
      Should find out tomorrow. I’m curious as to how fast these actually are. I have a low power broadwell chip in my helix 2, and sometimes it’s an absolute dog

        • derFunkenstein
        • 1 year ago

        I’ve always been iffy on Core M CPUs. I know they should be faster than the Atom-based CPUs they supersede, but the clock speeds just seem like too much of a cut.

          • sweatshopking
          • 1 year ago

          I’ve found that they can’t maintain turbo up long enough to do much. Wife refuses to use my helix 2 because it makes her too crazy. FB is almost not functional without using the app.

            • blastdoor
            • 1 year ago

            [quote<]FB is almost not functional [/quote<] Is that a bug or a feature?

            • sweatshopking
            • 1 year ago

            yes.

          • tipoo
          • 1 year ago

          They’re still absolutely faster than the Atom based CPUs they supersede, by means of

          1) a 6-wide machine with the exponential gain in core complexity that comes with it, as well as full *Lake series levels of caches. Braswell was 2 wide, Goldmont is 3 wide.
          2) Trying to turbo up as far as U series go for short bursts, which covers most users browsing/office needs at least

          Even if I had to chose from Core M vs a Atom part with double the cores and equal clock speeds, Core M every day.

          That said, it’s still bull that Intel renamed them Core i, yes it’s the original name but it’s still tricky because they’re still not equal to U or higher wattage parts, nor would physics dictate they should be.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      N5000 is actually the exact rumored chip, that and the 4410Y.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 1 year ago

      Would be nice if they could include that fancy SD Express stuff, although I guess that’s probably too new.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 1 year ago

    I hope MS does a huge product update this fall.

    • Growler
    • 1 year ago

    Maybe we’ll get a Surface phone, and MS actually does what it can to make it successful.

      • tipoo
      • 1 year ago

      What would that be, at this point? An Android phone heavily skinned for Microsoft services, a la blackberry/TCL phones of late? Microsoft shipping with a competitors OS seems like it would hurt pride and be unlikely, while resurrecting Windows Phones still has the app development vs marketshare chicken and egg problem.

        • blastdoor
        • 1 year ago

        A tiny little Win-tel PC that is super portable, docks with a monitor, KB, and mouse and happens to have the ability to place and receive audio communications using a cellular network in a way that is compatible with a large installed base of existing audio communications devices (note that the word “phone” shall not be mentioned!)

      • Kretschmer
      • 1 year ago

      No one on earth would bother to develop for any Microsoft phone OS in 2018. They burned 100% of their developer goodwill, scooped up the ashes, and threw said ashes into a volcano. Microsoft management is focusing on cloud offerings and won’t be willing to drop another $5 billion on smartphones.

        • Chrispy_
        • 1 year ago

        I think the Volcano was called Mt. SCREW-YOU-DEVELOPERS and it was erupting pyroclastic fail all over the developers in this analogy, too.

      • sweatshopking
      • 1 year ago

      Surface phone is code named Andromeda, dual screen, running windows on arm with PWA support (see my article on April update for more details on PWA), focus on stylus work, and sounds like it was recently cancelled or delayed. It would have win32 support as well meaning it would have support for most windows applications. Whether it launches or not is unclear at this stage, but Microsoft won’t be releasing a slab phone going forward. New tech and form factors is the only way they will announce new products. Windows phone/Mobile also no longer exists being replaced by Windows on arm, which has far more features and compatibility

    • tipoo
    • 1 year ago

    I almost forgot that the Studio is still on the Geforce 900 series.

    That’s gotta get an update, one hopes if one is in that niche.

      • Chrispy_
      • 1 year ago

      Price needs to come down a lot too.

      It’s not often you look at something and say “wow, that’s nice but I can only afford the Apple”

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