If you’re a fan of Microsoft’s Surface devices, make sure you’re free on October 12, 2022. The company has confirmed that it will host an event about its product range on that date, although it has kept quiet about what, exactly, it will be announcing.
A new surface event on the horizon
As reported by neowin, the company plans to announce its plans for the Surface range on October 12, 2022 at 10 a.m. EST. You can go to the official Microsoft Surface events page if you like, but it’s pretty lean; all it has is a message to “save the date”.
Fortunately, Neowin thinks it has a good idea of what Microsoft will be discussing that day:
It is rumored that this year Microsoft will show the 9th-generation Surface Pro with Intel and ARM processors, the 5th-generation Surface Laptop, a long-awaited Surface Studio refresh and new accessories. There is also speculation about Microsoft preparing a gaming-focused Surface laptop with 12th-generation Intel processors and Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards.
A revolutionary new surface product?
Of particular note in Neowin’s statement is the rumor of a Surface laptop with a gaming focus. Mostly, the Surface range is reserved for productivity and work. For example, the Surface Laptop Go 2 is intended as a portable workstation, with some nice extra features like a touchscreen.
As such, the potential for a gaming laptop is surprising. There are plenty of pros and cons to buying a gaming laptop, and if Microsoft goes this route, it should adapt to it pretty quickly. Especially since there is a lot of competition in the gaming laptop market that has been designing sturdy laptops for much longer.
If the rumor turns out to be true, Microsoft will face the formidable challenge of convincing gamers to ditch their branded stacks and purchase a device in a range commonly associated with productivity and work. As such, we’ll have to see what the company can announce with this new slot to encourage people to buy it.
Much more than on the surface
While the Surface range has always been associated with productivity, that may soon change. If the rumors are true, a brand new lineup of Surface devices will be announced on October 12, 2022 that will be of great interest to gamers.