Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 and Surface Pro 6 may skip USB-C, leaks suggest

By Vignesh Giridharan | Published on 01-Oct-2018
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If newly leaked information is to be believed, then the Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 and the Surface Pro 6 will not be blessed with USB Type-C ports. Until now, we were under the impression the new Microsoft Surface devices would feature the port that’s steadily growing in popularity and prevalence, but leaked images from MySmartPrice show a Surface Laptop 2 in a new black colour but with no USB Type-C ports. In the same way, a report from WinFuture explains that “the hardware of the new Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 remains completely identical externally.”

The German site WinFuture also says that the base variant of the new Surface Laptop 2 will feature an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of SSD-based storage. This is definitely a bump over the previous model, which offered only 4GB of RAM on the base variant. While there’s a spec upgrade on the Surface Laptop, WinFuture claims the base variant of the new Surface Pro 6 will still ship with an Intel Core m3-7y30 CPU and 4GB of RAM.  In return, Microsoft is expected to lower prices of these two models by just a bit.

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Possibly the new Surface Pro 6

If Microsoft announces a new generation of Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 6 devices with only a Mini DisplayPort and no USB Type-C ports, it would be highly strange (and even maybe dumb), considering how it has announced the new Surface Book 2 and cheaper Surface Go devices with the USB Type-C port. On the other hand, if Microsoft is only touching up the new Surface devices with nothing more than a CPU upgrade, then there’s a good chance there will be no USB Type-C.

We’ll know if all of this is true soon because Microsoft is reportedly holding a Surface event on October 2 in New York City, where it’s expected to announce the new Surface Laptop and Surface Pro. Microsoft is expected to sell costlier variants of both devices in a new black colour.

Inline image courtesy: WinFuture

Cover image courtesy: MySmartPrice

Vignesh Giridharan
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