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Microsoft confirms Surface event for October 12, Surface Pro 9 expected

Microsoft has confirmed that it will host a launch event for its Surface product brand at 7 a.m. PT on October 12.

Currently, there are only a few details about what devices will be announced at the event; however, some rumors suggest Microsoft might showcase the Surface Laptop 5, Surface Pro 9 laptop-tablet hybrid, and Surface Studio 3 desktop, according to ZDNet.

Microsoft has confirmed it will host a Surface event on October 12.
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Some recent reports indicate that the Surface Pro 9 has been submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), suggesting that it is near launch. According to the FCC documentation, the “portable computing device” will be ARM-based and have 5G capabilities. It is expected to run the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 processor. Other features might include a 13-inch 2880 x 1920 display with a 120Hz refresh rate, with rounded edges, and a thinner frame.

Meanwhile, the Surface Laptop 5 series is expected to be powered by Intel processors as opposed to AMD. Pricing for the variants in the series might include $1,180 (€1,200) for a 13.5-inch model and approximately $1,475 (€1,500) for a 15-inch model, according to WinFuture.

Some early rumors speculated whether the Surface Laptop 5 could feature upgrades including a 120Hz display, Thunderbolt 4, and other additional ports including a USB-C port, with USB 4.0, and finishes of Alcantara and metal.

Here's a first look at the refreshed Surface Keyboard and Surface Pen, which I assume are being updated for the upcoming Surface Studio 3 this fall

— Zac Bowden (@zacbowden) August 31, 2022

Accessories for the Surface Studio 3, including a Surface Pen, Mouse, and Keyboard with functionality-upgraded keys also leaked earlier this month, courtesy of Windows Central writer Zac Bowden.

Microsoft’s Surface event comes at a time when many brands are hosting fall events to announce products before the end of the year. Apple hosted its fall event where it announced the iPhone 14 series and new Apple Watch models, among other products.

The Surface launch event will coincide with the first day of the Microsoft Ignite IT Pro conference. Additionally, the Meta Connect metaverse event takes place the day prior, CNET noted.

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