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Microsoft tipped to unveil five Surface products on September 22 with high refresh rate displays and Thunderbolt ports inbound

This month's Surface hardware event is expected to be a big one. (Image source: Microsoft)
This month's Surface hardware event is expected to be a big one. (Image source: Microsoft)
Microsoft's September 22 event is expected to be packed with new Surface hardware, from the Surface Book 4, to the Surface Duo 2 and the Surface Go 3. Reportedly, a new Surface Pro X and a Surface Pro 8 are arriving, too.

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The Verge has offered some more information about what to expect from Microsoft's next Surface event. So far, Microsoft has confirmed that the event will commence on September 22 and has shared a vague profile view of a Surface tablet, possibly the Surface Go 3.

While The Verge has not provided any details on the Surface Go 3, it has about the Surface Book 4, Surface Duo 2, Surface Pro X and the Surface Pro 8. It is unclear when each of these devices will become available though, even if Microsoft plans to unveil them simultaneously.

Surface Book 4

Supposedly, Microsoft will equip the Surface Book 4 with a 120 Hz display, a first for the series. The high-refresh-rate display will allow Microsoft to showcase Windows 11's new Dynamic Refresh Rate functionality, with the Surface Book 4 capable of switching between 60 Hz and 120 Hz when required.

The Surface Pen will also receive an overhaul. The Verge states that the new model will charge on the side on the Surface Book 4's chassis, mirroring the iPad Pro and the Apple Pencil.

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Microsoft is expected to ditch the removable display with the Surface Book 4. (Image source: David Breyer)
Microsoft is expected to ditch the removable display with the Surface Book 4. (Image source: David Breyer)

Surface Duo 2

A lot is already known about the Surface Duo 2, including its design. The Verge adds that Microsoft has centred the USB Type-C port on the device's right-hand side, a minor but aesthetic change from the Surface Duo. Additionally, The Verge believes that Microsoft has integrated a fingerprint scanner within the device's power button.

Surface Pro X

A new Surface Pro X will resemble the current design, which will be two years old next month. Nonetheless, the updated tablet will feature a new Microsoft SQ SoC, and 'possibly even' a high refresh rate display. The Verge has not discussed what refresh rate this will be though, nor what to expect from this new Microsoft SQ chipset.

Surface Pro 8

Reputedly, the Surface Pro 8 will build off the Surface Pro 7 Plus and its removable SSDs. However, Microsoft will add a larger display with thinner bezels and revised I/O. Specifically, The Verge thinks that at least one configuration will support Thunderbolt at the expense of a USB Type-A port. There is no talk of a high refresh rate display here though, nor Thunderbolt support for the Surface Book 4.

Overall, this year's Surface event promises to be a big one by Microsoft's standards. Notable omissions are a new Surface Studio, a Surface Laptop 5 and the Surface Neo, although it seems that Microsoft killed the latter along with Windows 10X. Regardless, the revisions proposed by The Verge all sound enticing, even if the Surface Go 3 is the Surface Go 2 in all but name for the most part.

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The Surface Duo 2 should be a big upgrade from its predecessor. (Image source: Windows United & Jonas Daehnert) (Image sour
The Surface Duo 2 should be a big upgrade from its predecessor. (Image source: Windows United & Jonas Daehnert) (Image sour
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Alex Alderson, 2021-09-13 (Update: 2021-09-13)