Microsoft is set to release a slew of new gear, including a number of new tablets and laptops, as well as an upgraded version of its quirky, but ultimately disappointing Duo Android phone. Microsoft is expected to make a big deal out of the shift to Windows 11 and show off gear to support it during an event that will stream live tomorrow at 4pm BST / 11am ET and 8am PT.
The event will be streamed live on Microsoft’s event website, and we’ll embed it here after it’s over.
There have been quite a few leaks about the Surface Pro 8 so far. It looks to have a 120Hz display and a number of Intel’s 11th generation Core CPUs. There’s also talk that it’ll have USB-C and Thunderbolt ports. The Surface Pro upgrade has sparked a lot of buzz, but we expect the firm to reveal updates for the Surface Book and Surface Go as well.
The Surface Book 4, Microsoft’s more traditional laptop, may also have the 120Hz screen refresh rate, as well as Variable Refresh Rate (VRR), which will allow it to retain some battery life by simply increasing the Hz when necessary.
The CPU in Microsoft’s Surface Go, which is the company’s entry-level Surface device, will be improved as well. It might even contain an Intel Core i3, which, while still considered an entry-level Core CPU, is a step up from the Pentium Gold seen in current versions.
Surprisingly, the company’s mobile phone appears to be making a comeback in the folding smartphone industry. The original Duo didn’t feature a folding screen, instead relying on two conventional panels that folded together in a bulky clamshell. The phone’s initial iteration was plagued by a subpar CPU and a poor camera.
This year, the business may consider switching to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which is currently the best mobile CPU available. A triple camera system might help boost photography, which is important for attracting high-end clients who would otherwise go for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 or an iPhone.
Will there be any information regarding Windows 11? Although it is a hardware event, we find it difficult to think Microsoft would not discuss its latest Windows upgrade. Many of the things we’ve complained about are likely set in stone at this point. In a significant departure from Microsoft’s previous policy of supporting very old hardware in new operating system versions, Windows 11 will reject a number of older machines. However, it claims that the modifications are required to improve security on Windows-based systems.