Surface Pro and Surface Laptop update leaks have terrible news

The big Microsoft event this week can make relatively minor changes to New York City, with the Surface refresh tip to play safely – or even disappointingly – during the festive season of the holidays. The software giant sent the media to NYC on Tuesday, October 2, to reveal the latest fruits from the Surface computing team. However, some early leaks have ruined the surprise a bit.

We already had a pretty good idea of ​​what to expect. On the one hand, the Surface Pro is on its way to get a makeover, with the 2017 version of the 2-in-1 replaced by a 2018 update. We will probably also see a new Surface Pro for 2018. The Surface Book 2 is now also a year old.

As we saw a leak earlier this month, the updates from next week are not expected to address anything that Surface fans have asked for. In fact, if the rattling in the sector turns out to be true – and it is reasonable to expect the possibility of at least a few surprises on Tuesday – it will be a connectivity that remains at the top of the list of complaints.

The most frustrating thing is probably the absence of USB-C ports, something a new leak repeats today from WinFuture. Despite rivals that embrace USB-C and Thunderbolt 3, the Surface Pro 6 (2018) – as some claim it is called – stays with the regular USB-A port and along with Mini DisplayPort for external graphics. Microsoft also continues to use its own magnetically-attached charging cable.

It is also annoying news for the Surface Laptop 2. That, it is suggested, will still be available in different colors, as in the original model. However, there is no USB-C or Thunderbolt 3.

Instead, there will be a light processor volume, it is claimed. The entry level Surface Laptop 2 gets Intel's Core i5-8250U quad-core, with a clock speed of 1.6 GHz and 3.6 GHz Turbo Boost. Microsoft is also said to have finished the 4 GB RAM option, at least on the notebook, so the basic configuration is 8 GB.

However, you still get a 128 GB PCIe NVMe SSD for storage, which seems a bit stingy at the moment. The options include 16 GB of RAM and a choice of up to 1 TB of SSD storage. An Intel Core i7 quad-core processor is also available as an upgrade.

Both devices get Windows 10 S as standard, it is said, but buyers can unlock Windows 10 Home if they wish. There is also a black finish, new for the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop lines, although it is apparently only offered in configurations with higher specifications.

The Surface range of Microsoft has proven to be an unexpected success, although the criticism of the lack of more modern ports has increased over the past twelve months. With the Surface Book 2 with USB Type-C – even if it was not suitable for Thunderbolt 3 – the hope was that Microsoft's more affordable models would follow. When that happens, however, remains a mystery.

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