Surface Pro 8 release date, specs: Microsoft’s next-gen 2-in-1 is speculated to launch in late 2021
It has been almost two years since Microsoft introduced a new generation of Surface Pro, but that could change soon. The company is speculated to launch an all-new 2-in-1 device with a detachable display, which many call Surface Pro 8 before the year ends.
Surface Pro 8 release date
Earlier this year, Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 7+. But, as its name suggests, the device was more of a mid-cycle update to the Surface Pro 7 that launched in fall 2019. It is then understandable why the company is expected to release a rightful successor soon, and that could be the Surface Pro 8.
If the rumor mill is correct, Microsoft could launch the Surface Pro 8 within the last quarter of 2021. In previous years, the company has held a hardware product launch in October.
Microsoft might also have more reason to launch Surface Pro 8, given that the full version of the Windows 11 update is slated to go live later this year. Meanwhile, if Microsoft ends up hosting a launch event in early October, the new devices could arrive in stores a few weeks later.
Surface Pro 8 specs
The Surface Pro series has not seen a major redesign over the years, but reports expect the Surface Pro 8 to look slightly different from its predecessors. Windows Central suspects the device to sport thinner bezels, which should allow Microsoft to advertise it with a bigger screen size. The Surface Pro 7 and its plus version shipped with 12.3-inch displays, but the report expects the next-gen device’s screen to measure between 12.7 inches and 13 inches.
One of the upgrades in the Surface Pro 7+ is the removable and upgradeable SSD, and Microsoft might implement the same feature should it launch Surface Pro 8 this year. The non-availability of a 4GB RAM model of Surface Pro 7+ also suggests 8GB RAM could be the new standard memory configuration.
There are several possible scenarios for the Surface Pro 8 processors. Microsoft might continue using Intel Core 11th generation chips, similar to the Surface Pro 7+. However, XDA Developers suggests there is a chance for the company to wait until the Intel Core 12th generation “Alder Lake” processors, which could launch as early as September.