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  1. The event kicks off at 11AM ET / 8AM PT on September 22nd September 22nd officially marks the first day of fall, and with it gadget season. Like in previous years, Microsoft is getting into the mix with its forthcoming Surface event, where we anticipate the company will announce a slew of products during its livestream presentation on Wednesday at 11AM ET / 8AM PT. Microsoft has been building up plenty of momentum recently with the impending launch of Windows 11. And with the new operating system set to launch on October 5th, it’s only natural to showcase it with new devices. The reports and leaks seem to indicate that we may see updates to Microsoft’s Surface Pro, Surface Book, Surface Go, and Surface Duo lines. Many details of the Surface Pro 8 have already leaked, including its new Intel 11th Gen processor, 120Hz display, and switch to Thunderbolt ports. While less early info has surfaced on the Book and Go refreshes, the former is slotted to have a significant design overhaul while the latter will most likely see its changes happen on the inside. Beyond Windows 11 devices, Microsoft is expected to announce a successor to the dual-screen Surface Duo. The leaks for the Duo 2 began earlier in the summer, promising an internal spec bump and a new triple-camera setup in addition to some smaller design tweaks. The big questions around the Duo 2 are in software and support, as the original Duo’s stagnation — it’s still stuck on Android 10 when Android 12 is around the corner — and slow sales have landed it in the clearance sections of many retailers. Regardless of whether Microsoft actually proves its Android chops with the Duo 2 or launches any surprises with its new flagships for Windows 11, we’ll be watching live and keeping you updated here as new products are announced. Microsoft’s Surface hardware event: rumors, news, and announcements
  2. Next week, Microsoft has scheduled an online event focused on hardware. Microsoft is expected to launch Surface Pro 8, Surface Book 4, Surface Duo 2 and other devices at this event. Today, The Verge reported that Microsoft may launch at least one Surface Pro 8 model with Thunderbolt support. Due to security reasons, Microsoft never offered Thunderbolt port on any of its Surface devices so far. It would be interesting to see whether Microsoft solved any of the security issues around Thunderbolt in Surface Pro 8. Other new details about the upcoming Surface devices: Surface Pro 8 may feature slightly larger display, thanks to smaller bezels. Surface Pro 8 will be powered by 11th gen Intel Core processors and will have support for removable SSDs like the latest Surface Laptop 4. New Surface Book 4 with all-new design and high-refresh rate display. Surface Go 3 with improved performance, you can read the full specs here. Surface Duo 2 with much improved camera, you can read about it here. Source: The Verge Report: Microsoft may finally bring Thunderbolt port to Surface devices
  3. Microsoft releases May firmware update for the Surface Studio 2 Microsoft has released a new firmware update for Surface Studio 2, along with a new driver update for the discrete GPU in the device. The new updates improve system stability and addresses security updates. Recently, the Redmond giant also released firmware updates for a bunch of Surface devices including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Laptop 1, 2 and 4. The updates included general stability and performance improvements as well as device-specific patches for critical vulnerabilities. You can check out the full changelog for the update below: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Surface – Firmware – 532.3681.768.0 Surface UEFI - Firmware 532.3681.768.0 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. NVIDIA – Display – 27.21.14.6205 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 – Display adapters NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 – Display adapters 27.21.14.6205 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. As usual, the new firmware update is rolling out to the Surface Studio 2 users in phases so you may not see them right away. Moreover, firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted so it may be best to wait before installing them. To install the updates manually, you will have to head to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and click "Check for updates" to start downloading them. Source: Microsoft releases May firmware update for the Surface Studio 2
  4. Microsoft's 12.5-inch Surface might be called the Laptop Go, reportedly launching this week Surface Laptop 3 Rumors began making the rounds earlier this month about a more affordable, mid-range Surface laptop – codenamed Sparti – being in the works. The device is expected to house a 12.5-inch display, and cost around $699 for the lowest tier. That device, along with the refreshed Surface Pro X running the Microsoft SQ2 processor, is said to debut at an event as early as this week. Now, a new report suggests that the new mid-ranger and the Pro X 2 could be unveiled on October 1. The new 12.5-inch device is reportedly being referred to as the Surface Laptop Go by retailers, but the actual branding of the laptop is still unknown. The report also states that the entire line-up could be offered with a 10th-gen Core i5-1035G1, which is a 10nm chip without Iris Plus graphics. This move is supposedly being made to keep the components uniform to achieve lower costs. The firm could also be ditching the Windows Hello camera, moving to a power button mounted fingerprint sensor, for biometric authentication. Additionally, the Redmond giant is also said to be preparing an SKU of the device geared towards education customers that sports 4GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory. The report also states that all storage configurations might come with cheaper flash memory modules – including the 256GB variant – instead of SSDs. The lowest-tier version might run Windows 10 Home in S Mode, with the more expensive SKUs being offered with Windows 10 Pro. Connectivity features include support for Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5. With the rumored launch not too far away, it will be interesting to see what the company has in store for this fall. However, for those looking for a refresh of the Pro or the Laptop, that might not be happening this year, so it’s best not to hold your breath for any major announcements. Source: WinFuture (German) Microsoft's 12.5-inch Surface might be called the Laptop Go, reportedly launching this week
  5. Microsoft Surface bulging batteries continue to anger and frustrate customers The bulging/expanded Surface battery issue has been growing. And it’s obvious that, while Microsoft won’t discuss this openly, that they are well aware of the issue. And trying to close the barn door after the horse has escaped. The issue starts for most customers with a yellowing of the screen which can eventually end up as a battery bulge. Reports of the issue started in November 2017 https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/all/yellow-tint-on-surface-book-screen/816b04a3-f6a4-4be5-a4e7-09983fd57230 and it’s obvious from the more than 20,000 views of this thread that this is a problem. Typical of the problem is this post: https://answers.microsoft.com/message/ed420496-2e24-4f05-a646-a2b21d8151e1?threadId=816b04a3-f6a4-4be5-a4e7-09983fd57230 “Well, I’m having the same issue. My screen is yellowing and the battery is causing the display to bulge making this “premium Microsoft product” unsafe and unusable. I contacted Microsoft support who let me know I’m outside the extended warranty period. Which was graciously extended because they know there’s a defect with these. Support offered me a same generation, refurbished model for CAD $1,000. So, another $1,000 for another Surface Book that will eventually have the same problem. This issue absolutely needs legal action. ” Running a search on Microsoft Communities specific to Surface Book and bulging reveals multiple threads like https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/surface/forum/all/surface-book-battery-swelling/42e3f18c-ac08-4eba-aa85-50e5acf220f8 where there are over 8600 views and 398 “me too’s” indicating others with the same issue who may not have posted in the thread. In this case, the original poster with multiple Surface Books with this issue writes: “I now have multiple Surface Books (1st gen) that the batteries in the tablet part are swelling and warping the screen. My Surface Book can’t even close the lid due to the battery being so large. My screen is bulging out. We’ve already retired two Surface Books due to the screens peeling off and I have found 2 more where the screens are starting to curve. We are now looking at replacing all 15 remaining Surface Books due to potential fire hazards. What a shame. It was such a nice piece of hardware.” Microsoft has locked a number of these threads, which results in new threads being created. And there are still customers unaware of the “issue” who start new threads like Carol’s below. Similarly, Surface Pro 4 owners are reporting this issue. Microsoft IS providing free, out of warranty refurbished Surface replacements for any customer with this issue, but only if within three years of the original purchase date. This would seem to indicate that the expected lifetime of a Surface device is three years and at this point, a majority of SP4 and Surface Book first generation customers are past the three years and fear that the refurbs they would have to pay for would develop the same issue. So what has Microsoft said and/or done about this issue? https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4571474/surface-caring-for-battery states battery expansion does not present a safety concern but also states “you should stop using the device” which seems contradictory, but similar language is used by HP: https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c05640567 Here is Microsoft’s statement: Microsoft has recently (and very quietly) also introduced functionality for the newest Surface devices called “Lifespan Saver” that claims to reduce the risk of battery expansion. They’ve also added a “Battery Smart Charging” feature that also mentions battery expansion. It is impossible to determine from the release notes in the Surface Update History for Surface devices exactly when this feature was added. But they’ve obviously recognized the issue with battery bulging afflicting Surface Book (original) and Surface Pro 4 owners (yes, a few Surface 3’s and other devices can develop this issue – I’ve had to junk a Surface 3 myself because of this). More and more customers report that, since they are stuck working at home due to COVID-19 work from home scenarios, that they are using their personal Surface devices more than ever before and there are increasing reports of bulging batteries on the MS Forums and elsewhere. Even iFixit has weighed in on this issue https://www.ifixit.com/News/32723/got-a-surface-book-or-surface-pro-4-watch-out-for-screen-bulging-batteries Note that https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4571474/surface-caring-for-battery now documents the Lifespan Saver as follows (and the table on the bottom of the page pointedly states this feature is only available for Surface Pro 7, Surface Book 3, Surface Laptop 3, Surface ProX and Surface Go 2): Battery Lifespan Saver – Battery Lifespan Saver is a feature designed to help protect your battery from the cumulative negative effects of consistent and recurrent use at high temperatures or high states of charge. This feature complements Battery Smart Charging by monitoring battery conditions continuously. If these adverse conditions are detected, Battery Lifespan Saver implements a limited number of permanent reductions in charging voltage. Although this will result in a small incremental permanent loss to battery capacity, it will maximize the total lifespan of your battery by limiting conditions that would otherwise accelerate battery deterioration, significantly reduce battery capacity, or lead to battery expansion. Also now documented is Battery Smart Charging (but it is unknown as to when this feature was added as it is not specified in any of the release notes in Surface Update History and it applies to all devices except Surface 3): Battery Smart Charging – Battery Smart Charging is a feature that helps protect your battery from the effects of charging patterns and high temperatures that may accelerate battery deterioration or lead to expansion. Battery Smart Charging is always active and engages automatically to limit battery charging capacity when it detects your device is plugged in for prolonged periods and/or used at elevated temperatures. Battery smart charging is automatically deactivated when the battery is discharged below 20%. Charles Hill has an interesting theory https://answers.microsoft.com/message/7b5cb9ae-76bb-4d6c-b514-368f0eb67c8f?threadId=fd2abbaf-23b1-45ff-88eb-376fc5ea8785 “When Microsoft figured out that the Battery Smart Charging wasn’t doing what they expected it to do (strike one) they instituted a firmware update called Battery Limit Mode (No one I know ever received notice that this had to be utilized in the UEFI) but this wasn’t done until 2018 which for most of us was 2 years or more from the date of purchase AND more then a year AFTER our warranties expired. AND, they never notified us that these batteries were prone to these types of actions because the Battery Smart Charging wasn’t performing as they thought it should (strike 2). Incidentally, Microsoft instituted a new battery mode in the newest surfaces which leads me to believe either the Battery Limit Load isn’t working as they thought it would or they are afraid customers would balk at the possibility that once the customers found out they could only charge these batteries to 50% thus degrading the batteries quicker then normal and they wouldn’t buy the product (strike three). Microsoft conveniently does not supply these documents with their systems AND does not notify it’s customers (remember that registration form you had to fill out the day you registered your Surface?) through any of the numerous means available from the registration forms…email, address, phone call about these problems or the solutions. It’s become a Con game with Microsoft and we the customers who have spent thousands of dollars have become the marks.” He further goes on to say in https://answers.microsoft.com/message/d58e8562-c4bb-4f57-981b-b5456a481f5d?threadId=0deb0dc3-32ea-4a4a-9b19-edbe1dc0f640 “As I dig deeper into this fiasco I am finding more and more about the possible cause of these battery issues. Going over my battery report I am finding something very strange, first I see that for the first 58 weeks using the system I am seeing an average overcharge on the battery of 278 to 314 mWh and this stops once the May 2017 Firmware and UEFI (103.1684.256.0 improves battery life during sleep.and other Surface drivers) updates are installed in June of 2017. From here I can trace the degradation of the battery immediately after each and every Firmware and UEFI update to the day. The worst degradation I’ve noticed is immediately after the Aug 2019 Firmware update (Surface – Firmware – 103.2614.257.0) where within a matter of 2 weeks the mWh dropped from 34972 mWh to 28634 mWh and it has been staying within a few hundred mWh per week since then. “ The bulging battery issue is NOT unique to Surface devices. https://www.dell.com/community/Latitude/Swollen-batteries-and-warranty/td-p/6164921 https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7846052 https://forums.lenovo.com/t5/Lenovo-Yoga-Series-Notebooks/Yoga-2-11-battery-swelling/td-p/3543598 The big difference between Surface and most other devices is that the Surface batteries are NOT replaceable. Most people wouldn’t mind spending $150-200 for a replacement battery, but the out of warranty cost to replace a SP4 or Surface Book per https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4023527/surface-how-to-get-service-for-surface is $599 USD, which is a lot of money to pay for a refurbished device that was released in 2015. The Surface Team actually stated in a Reddit AMA that the battery replacement cost for SP3 was $200 It’s certainly easy to see why afflicted Surface customers are upset. Microsoft Surface bulging batteries continue to anger and frustrate customers
  6. Microsoft Surface Go Is Actually More Successful than Many Haters Expected Haters gonna hate, Surface gonna… prosper There’s not much happening in the Microsoft Surface ecosystem right now, as many critics claim the upgrades that the software giant unveiled the past October aren’t by any means exciting. While others disagree, what’s more important is that there’s another Surface model that’s getting all the praise right now. It’s the Surface Go, Microsoft’s smallest and most affordable Surface device to date, which according to new data, is actually more successful than many people anticipated. AdDuplex data for the month of December reveals that Microsoft’s Surface Go is now the fourth Surface model in terms of market share, just after the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Pro (2017), and the Surface 3. The Go already managed to overtake both generations of the Surface Book and the Surface Laptop, but this isn’t necessarily surprising given it’s a lot more affordable. Microsoft Store-based stats However, there’s one very important thing that needs to be mentioned here. The cited AdDuplex numbers are based on data collected from approximately 5,000 apps published in the Microsoft Store and running the AdDuplex SDK. In other words, Surface models that do not connect to the Microsoft Store aren’t included in these figures. Surface Go users are more likely to download apps from the Microsoft Store because the device comes with Windows 10 in S Mode, which is restricted to Store apps and blocks the installation of Win32 software by default, whereas Surface Book and Surface Pro 6 run full Windows 10. Nevertheless, it’s pretty clear that the Surface Go is doing just fine right now, and buyers seem to love it despite the more or less limited performance. As long as people know exactly what to expect when getting the Surface Go, there’s no chance they wouldn’t be impressed, especially because the device is based on the same high-quality build as all the other Surface models. source
  7. PRODUCT ANALYSIS: The Surface project has fixed some operational problems regarding both Microsoft and Intel, which should result in better products going forward. New versions of the Surface were launched this week. Microsoft Surface seemed to start much like the Microsoft Xbox did: as a response to a threat that never emerged. For the Xbox, its reason for being was a concern that Sony was going to turn the PlayStation into a powerful PC alternative, but Sony never did that. Surface came in response to the concern that Apple was going to do to the PC market what they did to the smartphone market--but using the iPad rather than the iPhone. Now that could have happened, but with Steve Jobs gone in late 2006, Apple couldn’t execute properly, so that threat didn’t emerge, either. But Surface has two other critical reasons for being: It focuses Microsoft on a complete integrated solution, and most recently, it fixed a problem in which Intel had too much power (in effect the tail was wagging the dog). Let me explain. The PC’s Critical Problems When you build something, be it a product or a building, the firm defining the product typically specifies the parts, assigns functions and drives the process. But in the PC market, Intel and Microsoft were far more powerful than their OEM customers, which resulted in a power imbalance. This imbalance meant that rather than the OEMs defining their products, effectively Microsoft and Intel did, and neither firm coordinated well; both had times where their behavior was considered arrogant, and the end results were products that were far more difficult to sell than they should have been. Now there needed to be a fix to this, and Surface addresses it in two very different ways. Surface Fixing Microsoft With Microsoft, it forces the company to think about the parts of the solution it typically doesn’t touch. It must think about design; it must think about customer satisfaction; it must think like Apple should think (but increasingly doesn’t) and put the customer first. What Microsoft develops for the Surface line typically migrates over to their Windows offering and can be used by the OEMs. It makes them think about the complete product, not just the OS and helps prevent them making disconnected mistakes, such as Windows ME, Windows Vista and Windows 8, which all showcased a sharp disconnect between Microsoft and its end-user customer. Microsoft also set a hardware example; for instance, they shared that its Surface Notebook had the highest customer satisfaction of any product in market, including anything from Apple. The OEMs are largely free to emulate what Microsoft has done to gain similar benefits, and that helps, significantly, the health of the overall segment. Now it doesn’t subordinate Microsoft to the OEMs, but rather than them using their power in a fashion that has little to do with end users, if it focuses them more tightly on those users and turns them more into a force for good than a force for … well, you know. In effect, Surface raises all boats because it creates a better example of excellence, as Apple once did. Surface Fixing Intel There where three huge advancements announced at the launch. The 15-inch, no-compromise performance notebook using AMD technology, the 13-inch Surface ProX using Qualcomm Technology, and the Surface Neo using Intel technology. Not only were each of these custom solutions driven in partnership with the vendors, each showcased both the power of processor diversity, with each optimized for its specific use, but it also subordinated the chip vendor to the OEM--in this case Microsoft. Now AMD has largely led with the concept of semi-custom parts, but not with PCs, and Intel, which defined the market, up until now, has avoided this like the plague. Folks that wanted a custom ARM solution often just did it themselves, but then they had to recreate what Qualcomm has done, and that hasn’t been working out that well for Apple. So even Microsoft’s approach with Qualcomm was relatively unique. Wrapping Up: Better PCs When Surface began as a line, I was one of the folks that thought Microsoft had lost its mind because competing with its large OEMs seemed brain-dead stupid, regardless of the Apple threat. It looked like yet another Ballmer mistake. But it didn’t turn out that way and, instead, it has fixed some operational problems regarding both Microsoft and Intel, which should result in better products going forward. Granted, some of the OEMs still tell me that Microsoft comes up with some incredibly foolish ideas, but now they have the Surface development team to back them up, and that seems to be having a positive impact on the final products. So, Surface has a solid reason for being, and it will most certainly help drive needed advancement and innovation into the segment. Source
  8. Although Surface Pro 7 was introduced a couple of weeks ago, still the product range has already grabbed eyeballs of the target audience. Some of the major changes bundled in this Surface Pro lineup include important performance improvements. However, many Surface fans who purchased the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Lap 3 devices reported many issues. Amongst all other problems, WiFi issues are the ones that affected a large number of users. The forum reports [1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ] suggest that their device is either not identifying the internet or it is remarkably slow as soon as the device is resumed from sleep. Microsoft launched Surface Laptop 3 and Surface Pro 7 with an Intel processor instead of the Marvel version. Apparently, the WiFi bug is introduced by the newly added AX201 Wi-Fi chip. Some furious people have already started to claim a refund. One of the Surface Pro 7 users reported the WiFi bug on the Microsoft Community forum: “Have recently purchased a new Microsoft Surface Laptop 3 and have noticed that once the laptop is put to sleep, upon using it again the wifi is really slow. I have also read that other are experiencing the same issues and wanted to know if there is a way to fix this or whether there will be a software update to address this issue.“ Considering the impact of this problem, Microsoft needs to release an emergency update to fix the WiFi bug. However, it seems like Microsoft has officially decided to remain tight-lipped on this matter. Don’t Update Your WiFi Drivers Notably, the new Surface devices come preinstalled with customized drivers. A Redditor blamed the Intel AX201 adapter to be responsible for the Surface Pro 7 slow WiFi bug after resuming from sleep mode. “The new Intel AX201 adapter has 2×2 MIMO, basically double the antennas for double the speed (if your router supports it). Now in standby Dynamic SMPS disables one antenna and the other antenna goes to a low power state. However the bug is that after waking up the device from standby, the second antenna is not activated and the other antenna remains in the low power state resulting in severely reduced speeds, higher latency.“ Microsoft MVP Barb Bowman advised users should not install the “generic Intel AX201 drivers” because they are apparently causing other serious problems. An attempt to update the drivers might break your machine and you will no longer be able to restore it. Solution At the time of writing this article, many Reddit users came up with a temporary solution to resolve the slow WiFi problem. One of the easiest ways to avoid the problem is hibernating your device instead of using the standby mode. Alternatively, you can follow the below-mentioned steps to change the MIMO settings. Navigate to the Start menu, right-click on it and select Device Manager > Network adapters. Right-click Intel AX201, select Properties > Advanced > MIMO power save mode. Click No SMPS from the drop-down menu available on the right. Now go to the following path: Windows 10 > Settings > System > Power & Sleep. Choose When my PC is asleep and on battery power disconnect from network and click Always when prompted. Other Issues Still Remain Unfixed It is worth mentioning that it is not a permanent solution but it does reduce the frequency of the bug. The list of issues seems to be a long one. Some other people claimed that the system is has stopped identifying networks. Unfortunately, a network rest does not resolve the problem. Another user confirmed that Night Light feature is not working during the scheduled time. Microsoft needs to release a patch as soon as possible to avoid a large number of refund claims. Source: New Microsoft Surface Lineup Reportedly Hit By Serious Wi-Fi Problems, Here’s A Workaround (via Appuals)
  9. Microsoft is rolling out a series of new firmware updates for Microsoft Surface Pro X users. The new firmware updates bring improvements to Teams app, system stability while using the camera and more. This is the first firmware update of the year for Surface Pro X users and is available for those running Windows 10 version 1809 or greater. Here's what's new: Device Manager Name Version and Update Qualcomm(R) Adreno (TM) 680 GPU 26.18.0901.8000 improves the Teams app experience. Qualcomm(R) Bluetooth UART Transport Driver 1.0.830.0 improves BT connection reliability. Qualcomm(R) Bus Device 1.0.1000.0000 improves system stability. Qualcomm(R) Hexagon (TM) 690 DSP 1.0.1020.1000 improves system stability. Qualcomm(R) Hexagon (TM) 690 DSP 1.0.1020.1000 improves system stability. Qualcomm(R) Spectra (TM) 390 ISP 1.0.900.0 improves system stability while using the camera. Qualcomm(R) Spectra (TM) 390 ISP 1.0.900.0 improves system stability while using the camera. Qualcomm(R) Spectra (TM) 390 ISP 1.0.900.0 improves system stability while using the camera Qualcomm(R) Spectra (TM) 390 ISP 1.0.900.0 improves system stability while the using camera. Qualcomm(R) Spectra (TM) 390 ISP 1.0.900.1 improves system stability while the using camera. Qualcomm(R) Spectra (TM) 390 ISP 1.0.900.1 improves system stability while using the camera. Qualcomm(R) Spectra (TM) 390 ISP 1.0.900.1 improves system stability while using the camera. Qualcomm(R) System Manager Device 1.0.820.0 improves system stability. Qualcomm(R) System Manager Device 1.0.900.0 improves system stability. Qualcomm(R) Wi-Fi B/G/N/AC (2x2) Svc 1.0.860.0 improves connection reliability. Surface Camera AVStream Mini Driver 1.0.900.1 improves system stability while using the camera. Surface Hid Mini Driver 3.10.139.0 improves system stability. Surface Integration Driver 20.74.139.0 improves adaptive brightness. Surface Light Sensor 1.35.139.0 improves adaptive brightness. Surface Radio Monitor 3.13.139.0 improves connectivity performance in the tablet mode. Surface UEFI 3.462.140.0 improves system stability. The new firmware update is rolling out to Surface Pro X users. Microsoft has noted that the updates will be rolling out in phases so you might not get the new firmware updates right away. Moreover, firmware updates cannot be uninstalled or reverted so it may be best to wait before installing them. To install the new firmware updates, you will have to head to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and click "Check for updates" to manually download the new updates. Source: Microsoft releases new firmware updates for Surface Pro X (via Neowin)
  10. Microsoft Surface leak: Looks like the Surface Laptop 4 is coming soon 2021 AMD-powered Microsoft Surface editions are one step closer to reality. Enlarge / We don't have any leaked images of the new Surface models, so you'll have to make do with this 2019 stock photo of Surface models at a Microsoft store in Guangzhou. Earlier today, Microsoft support placeholders briefly appeared for two upcoming Surface Laptop 4 models—one AMD, and one Intel. The placeholders were spotted by @walkingcat: Surface Laptop 4 with AMD Processor Drivers and Firmware (placeholder) https://t.co/lJ7Opg9NHB — WalkingCat (@_h0x0d_) April 7, 2021 The placeholders are already gone, but German news site WinFuture provided more details last month. The AMD models will feature last-gen models Ryzen 5 4680U and Ryzen 7 4980U, while the Intel models feature the brand-new Core i5-1145G7 and Core i7-1185G7. According to that WinFuture report, the AMD models will once again only be offered at lower specifications. Intel models will go up to 32GiB RAM and 1TB storage; the AMD models will be capped at maximums of 16GiB and 512GB, respectively. On the plus side, the AMD models are rumored to be available with 13.5-inch screens for the first time this year. We broadly expect official announcements of these and other Surface products at Microsoft's spring Surface launch event sometime within the next week or two. Update: Winlatest spotted FCC filings for four "portable computing device" variants from Microsoft which look likely to be the Surface Laptop 4: C3K1979, C3K1958, C3K1952 and C3K1950. Source: Microsoft Surface leak: Looks like the Surface Laptop 4 is coming soon
  11. Surface Studio 2 gets updates with general improvements Today, Microsoft is releasing a round of driver and firmware updates for its Surface Studio 2 all-in-one PC. There's nothing wildly exciting about them, as they include security updates and system stability improvements. As usual, they're available for anyone running Windows 10 version 1903 or higher. Here's the full list of updates: Windows Update History Name Device Manager Name Version and Update Intel - Extension - 1952.14.0.1470 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Extension 1952.14.0.1470 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel – SoftwareComponent - 1.62.321.1 Intel(R) ICLS Client - Software devices 1.62.321.1 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Intel - System - 2040.100.0.1029 Intel(R) Management Engine Interface - System devices 2040.100.0.1029 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Surface - Firmware - 11.8.82.3838 Surface ME - Firmware 11.8.82.3838 Addresses security updates and improves system stability. Microsoft first announced the Surface Studio 2 back in October 2018, about two and a half years ago. It was at the same event where the Surface Pro 6 and Surface Laptop 2 were announced. But while those portable PCs have been refreshed since, the Surface Studio hasn't, still being sold with seventh-generation processors that are four generations old, and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 graphics, which are two generations old. In fact, there aren't even any rumors or leaks around a new Surface Studio. Anyway, if you've got a Surface Studio 2, you can grab these updates through Windows Update. You can also download the drivers and firmware bundle for the device here. Source: Surface Studio 2 gets updates with general improvements
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