Microsoft is apparently working on a new Surface Pro X with an upgraded internal chipset and Windows 11 on ARM. The Surface Pro (2021) has been the subject of the latest leak on certification websites, suggesting that the 2-in-1 Always Connected PC will be compatible with Windows 11.
This leak comes courtesy of Energy Star certifications, which show that Microsoft is testing a new Surface Pro X with Windows 11 and it will run the Snapdragon SQ processor. It should be noted, however, that the Surface Pro X is listed on the Energy Star website with Snapdragon SQ2.
This is probably just a placeholder, as the Snapdragon SQ2 was previously used for the last Surface Pro X model. According to the same listing, Surface Pro X will have up to 16GB of RAM and it has been certified for the following countries: United States, Switzerland, Taiwan, Japan, and Canada.
A Surface product with the same model number (2010) has also cleared the FCC certification earlier this month.
A previous leak suggested that the tech giant is testing a new 120hz display for the Surface Pro lineup, but it’s not yet clear if the same display will be used for the Surface Pro X refresh.
The fact that certification filings are coming in pretty fast would suggest the Surface Pro X will be announced during the company’s September 22 event.
What to expect from the Microsoft Surface event
The new and first Windows 11 on ARM PC should be coming alongside a new Surface Pro 8, Surface Go 3, Surface Duo 2, and other products.
Surface Pro 8 is expected to pack an 11th gen Intel processor, replaceable SSDs, Thunderbolt support, and a new 13-inch display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and slightly slimmer bezels. This would be the first Surface Pro device to support Thunderbolt and 120Hz display.
On the other hand, Surface Go 3 is expected to use the same 10.5-inch display and the processor will be upgraded. The device is expected to use a Pentium Gold 6500Y processor and it will be paired with 4GB of RAM.
According to sources familiar with the development, Microsoft is also believed to be working on a flagship product that could be part of the Surface Book lineup. The tech firm is planning to unveil at least one expensive product on September 22 and it could be either Surface Book or Studio.
It is expected to cost more than $3,000, so there’s a chance that the Surface Book upgrade will include major hardware and design improvements, but nothing is confirmed so far.
These new Surface products are expected to go on sale during the holiday season in the United States.