Microsoft’s next Surface PC announcements may take place in March

Surface Family
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What you need to know

  • A new leak appears to reveal the date of the next Surface hardware announcements.
  • March 21 is the current working date, which our own sources can confirm.
  • Microsoft will ship new Surface PCs in April and June. 

Microsoft looks to be gearing up to announce new hardware in March, where the company is expected to unveil updated versions of the Surface Pro and Surface Laptop. Reliable leaker WalkingCat first posted the potential date of March 21 on X, and my own sources have confirmed this to be accurate.

Late last year, I wrote about Microsoft’s plans for its upcoming Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6, which are expected to feature some major upgrades in the form of refreshed designs, new chips, and next-gen NPU silicon that will power some of the upcoming advanced AI features Microsoft is building into the next version of Windows.

In my report, I mentioned that these devices would be announced in the spring, which lines up nicely with the March 21 date we’re now hearing. With that said, my sources say Microsoft is planning to roll out new hardware in two waves, the first of which will be in April, and the second in June.

Microsoft's current Surface Pro. (Image credit: Windows Central)

I know that the June wave will include the Arm powered Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6, as that’s when the first Qualcomm X Series PCs are expected to start shipping across the board. These PCs depend on the Windows Germanium platform release, which won’t RTM until April, making it too late for any PCs launching that month.

That means the April wave will consist of Intel hardware launching with Windows 11 Moment 5. According to my sources, Microsoft intends to ship a commercial focused version of Surface Pro and Surface Laptop with newer Intel chips and a scoped set of features designed for commercial customers.

These features include an anti-reflective display, a new NFC reader, and support for Windows Studio Effects. While I don’t know the name of these devices for certain, I wouldn’t be surprised if they end up shipping as the Surface Pro 9+ and Surface Laptop 5+. Microsoft did this with the Surface Pro 7+ back in 2019, which was also a commercial focused release.

The commercial-focused Surface Pro 7+. (Image credit: Windows Central)

As I understand it, consumers will be able to purchase these commercial focused devices if they wish, but the recommendation is to wait for the true Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 coming in June with next-gen Arm chips and updated designs.

Microsoft intends to market the upcoming Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 as its first true AI PCs, and will be some of the first to ship with the new Windows Germanium platform release. The upcoming Windows OS release this fall will enable a number of next-gen AI features designed specifically for this hardware, known as CADMUS PCs internally.

It's unclear if Microsoft will talk about the Arm Surface Pro 10 and Surface Laptop 6 in March. If it does, Microsoft will also have to talk the next-gen Windows AI release it's also working on, which is expected to ship in the fall as Windows 11 version 24H2.

Elsewhere, I also hear Microsoft is planning to ship an updated Surface Laptop Go 4 and consumer-facing Surface Go 4 this year, which are likely to appear in October, if not sooner. That will round off the Surface lineup for 2024.

Zac Bowden
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Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter and Threads

  • ShinyProton
    <Yawn> Probably another tasteless unveiling of an overpriced lineup of OK devices.
  • CraterHopper
    Hey Zac, is there any chance there will be a Surface Studio 3 or do I need to import a Huawei Matestation X? Thanks!
  • LumiaWin8
    Looking forward to the Surface Pro 10 (Qualcom and Intel versions), their performance, battery life and in Intels case casual gaming performance (with ARC)

    Crossing my fingers too for the Surface Go 4 (hopefully ARM based)
  • Mapplesoft
    If the Pro 10 is good enough, I will be upgrading from my Pro 8.

    What I am really eager to see is an ARM Surface Go with really good performance and a much lower price tag. The Go 3 with Core i3 was $500+. Too slow of performance for way too much money. If Microsoft truly wants Windows and/or Surface Go to dominate the low-end market, they need excellent performance and very cheap prices. Here's hoping this is the one.