If recent leaks are anything to go by, Microsoft is expected to launch a refreshed Surface Pro at its China event this week. Ahead of that event, Microsoft's Surface head Panos Panay has dropped a big hint on Twitter (via The Verge) by teasing some seemingly new alcantara Type Covers. Check them out below:

This teaser follows a leak from VentureBeat late last week that shows what is purportedly the followup to the Surface Pro 4. According to the report, the device will simply go by the name "Surface Pro," and features a design that looks virtually identical to the Surface Pro 4. That's not unsurprising, as rumors have previously pointed to a relatively minor refresh featuring a move to Intel's Kaby lake processors.

In any case, Microsoft is set to kick off its Shanghai event, tomorrow, May 23. The event won't be livestreamed, but we should learn what Microsoft has up its sleeve as it happens over on Microsoft's dedicated event site.

What to expect from Microsoft's hardware event in China this week