Microsoft to announce new Surface product at Future Decoded next month

By Karthekayan Iyer | Published on 07 Sep 2017
  • Microsoft is expected to showcase at least one new product at Future Decoded conference next month. The company might announce LTE version of its successful Surface Pro convertible device.

Microsoft to announce new Surface product at Future Decoded next month

Microsoft is set to showcase its next Surface device at the company's annual Future Decoded event in London next month. The Verge has learnt that Surface Chief, Panos Panay will be delivering a keynote speech at the two-day event to be held between October 31 and November 1.

At Future Decoded, Microsoft is expected to announce at least one new Surface branded product. Microsoft recently announced an updated Surface Pro with the latest Intel chipset and the Surface Laptop with the traditional clamshell design. At next month's event, the software giant could announce the refreshed version of the Surface Book or the Surface Hub. There are also reports of Microsoft bringing out an LTE variant of the Surface Pro.

Microsoft announced the Surface Book with detachable screen and dynamic fulcrum hinge in 2015. The company refreshed the model with performance base and improved battery life last year. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley adds that Microsoft is not yet prepared to announce the updated versions of Surface Hub or Surface Studio all-in-one PC.

At IFA Berlin, Qualcomm confirmed that Windows laptops powered by the company's Snapdragon 835 platform will be announced at the end of this year. It is not evidently clear whether the company plans to introduce a Surface laptop powered by ARM chipset. Microsoft has confirmed that its OEM partners Asus, HP and Lenovo will be introducing Windows 10 laptops powered by Snapdragon 835 mobile platform.

In the past, Microsoft had announced its new hardware product in New York in October. By announcing a new Surface Pro range with LTE connectivity, Microsoft might be focusing on evolutionary changes and not revolutionary improvements.

Karthekayan Iyer

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