According to sources inside the Windows Central company, this device is not the new Surface Duo 3, which is instead expected in 2023. At this point, the possibilities of an ARM-based version of the Surface Pro 9 are growing. As we predicted a few weeks ago, the device should be presented both in an Intel variant, with 12th generation processors, and in the ARM variant (although it was not expected so soon) , with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen 3 SoC, called Microsoft’s new SQ3 processor. Surface Pro 9 will therefore be Microsoft’s first laptop with a high-speed cellular connection. If the SoC isn’t new to you, it’s because it’s the same one we saw in the “Project Volterra” dev kit, so it should be equipped with the same AI capabilities thanks to Neural Processing Unit (NPU). As for looks, we can expect a slimmer profile and relocation of USB-C ports to the left side, while the Surface Connect port remains on the right, just like on the Surface Pro X. difference should be represented by a’ opening on the top to allow the passage of air, and obviously the Intel versions will be equipped with a fan for better temperature management. With this juicy appetizer, the anticipation and excitement for the next Surface event is truly sky-high. Recall that in addition to the Surface Pro 9, Microsoft is also expected to announce the new Surface Laptop 5, an all-new Surface Gaming Laptop, and possibly even the new Surface Studio 3. The appointment (hopefully) is October 11, but keep following us, because more news will surely arrive.
Microsoft has been working on “Windows on ARM” devices for some time, laptops with ARM processors characterized by battery life and connectivity to mobile networks, but the launch of the new Apple Silicon has given new impetus to the project. Expectations are very high and in recent months we have received news of a version of the new Surface Pro 9 equipped with the expected Qualcomm SoC. Now, after learning of a possible Surface event on October 11, things have sped up considerably, with an unprecedented Microsoft device appearing on FCC listings. The Liliputing site has indeed found the FCC C3K1997 document which contains 21 certification applications for a new Microsoft device. Most features are reserved for 180 days, but some information suggests it’s a new Surface Pro 5G. The most significant indices relate to the device tested in “tablet mode”, while a note reads: “This device has the following capacities: 850/1900 GSM/GPRS/EDGE, 850/1900 WCDMA/HSPA, Multi-LTE band, 5G NR multi-band, WLAN 802.11b/g/n/ax, 802.11a/n/ac/ax UNII (5 GHz), Bluetooth (1x, EDR, LE). The most interesting tidbit is Qualcomm’s Smart Transmit algorithm, which ensures that “RF exposure always meets FCC requirements.” This feature is used for 4G LTE and 5G when transmitting The fact that the device uses a Qualcomm 5G modem is very important news, as almost all laptops with 5G capabilities use Intel or Fibocom modems for price (and compatibility). It’s a tablet or wearable device because none of the tests are for radiation near the head or using the device as a phone, and we’re talking about data streams only.