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Microsoft Surface Event LIVE blog: All the announcements as they happen

Join us for all the announcements from Microsoft's 2022 Surface event.

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Microsoft's annual fall Surface event is happening this week! We'll be live blogging the event as it happens on October 12 at 10 a.m. Eastern Time, where we expect to see a handful of new Surface PCs and accessories designed to highlight the best of Windows 11 and Microsoft 365. 

On the agenda, we're expecting to see Microsoft take the wraps off an updated Surface Pro, Surface Laptop, and Surface Studio, in addition to new accessories such as a Teams remote and premium audio peripherals. You can read more about what we're expecting to be announced in our dedicated what to expect post!

For now, be sure to check back here periodically for updates on the event and our expectations. And we'll be live right here on October 12 at 10 a.m. ET for the main event itself. 

Be sure to also join our Discord Community to discuss the event live! 


Updated on: Tuesday, 11th October 2022

Welcome to the Windows Central live blog for the Microsoft fall 2022 Surface hardware event. We expect things to kick off with a pre-recorded video stream at 10 am tomorrow, and I'll be right here to cover it as all the devices are announced. We're expecting an updated Surface Studio for the first time since 2018, an updated Surface Laptop, and an updated Surface Pro.

The event also marks 10 years of Surface, so we may even see something to commemorate the occasion. So be sure to check back here tomorrow for all the news as it happens! The event is expected to kick off at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. — Zac Bowden

Surface Studio 2

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One of the devices we're expecting to see get announced tomorrow is a new Surface Studio, which I'm told might be dubbed the Surface Studio 2+. We're expecting an 11th-generation Intel Core i7-11370H chip, paired with NVIDIA RTX 3060 graphics for a huge boost in performance over the older Surface Studio 2.

It's been four years since the Surface Studio was last updated, so many were hoping to see some kind of updated design. Unfortunately, that looks like it won't be the case, as an FCC filing accidentally revealed its design, and it looks identical to the previous generation. —Zac Bowden

Surface Pro 8 front with Type Cover

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Another new device we're expecting to see is the Surface Pro 9, which we believe will incorporate both Intel and ARM chips for the first time. Previously, Microsoft had reserved its ARM chips for a special "Surface Pro X" line of devices, but this year could be the first year where Microsoft merges the Surface Pro X with the main Surface Pro line.

Additional rumors suggest the Surface Pro 9 will come in a handful of new colors, including green and blue, in addition to the usual silver and black. On the inside, expect to see Intel 12th-gen chips and Microsoft's custom SQ3 ARM SoC based on the Snapdragon 8cx Gen3. The ARM model should also include 5G for the first time on a Surface PC! — Zac Bowden

Surface Laptop 4 Amd 2021 Hero

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The last big PC announcement we're expecting from Microsoft at the event is a new Surface Laptop 5! Rumors for this have been pretty light, but we do know that it's not expected to be a huge departure from the Surface Laptop 5.

It's likely to feature Intel 12th-gen chips on the inside, but curiously, we don't expect to see any AMD Ryzen options for the first time since 2019. Also, expect to see Thunderbolt 4 support, and a new Sage colorway. — Zac Bowden

Good morning/afternoon/evening! The Surface event is set to kick off in a little over three hours, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Be sure to check back here for all the announcements as they happen! — Zac Bowden

Just one hour to go! — Zac Bowden

We're just 20 minutes from go time! We're expecting Panos Panay to take center stage to open the event. Once again, we're expecting to see a new Surface Pro, new Surface Laptop, new Surface Studio, and a handful of accessories and apps/services. — Zac Bowden 

3 minutes!

And the event begins! We start with a brief 10 year look back at Surface.

Trevor Noah is narrating the montage of different Surface devices throughout the last decade.

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Panos Panay opens the event. He talks about how Surface is designed for people, setting up for an unveiling of the first device coming today. 

Surface Laptop 5 colors

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Up first is Surface Laptop 5! Now with Intel 12th-gen, Thunderbolt 4, and a new Sage colorway! Same old design, however.

Curiously, it doesn't look like Microsoft is offering the Surface Laptop 5 with AMD Ryzen options with this generation. Just Intel 12th-gen U-series chips. 

Surface Laptop 5 is up to 50% more powerful than the Surface Laptop 4. 18 hours of battery life too!

Microsoft calls the Surface Laptop 5's display new with Dolby Vision IQ. Sadly, no 120Hz refresh rate. 

"A laptop is still the go-to device for people to get things done."

Now we take a brief pause to take a look at some of the new features that shipped as part of the Windows 11 version 22H2 update.

Now highlighting the new accessibility features in Windows 11, including live captions, voice access, and natural voices for narrator. 

Microsoft Audio Dock

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New products! Microsoft Presenter+ and Audio Dock. The Presenter+ is a Teams remote with dedicated mute button, and the Audio Dock is a $250 speaker with a built-in PC dock for connecting other peripherals and displays.

iCloud for Windows will integrate photos into the Photos app on Windows 11 soon. And just announced: Apple Music and Apple TV are coming to Xbox and Windows!

Up next, Surface Pro!

Surface Pro 9 colors

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Surface Pro 9 is official! Now with new colors in the form of "Sapphire" and "Forest," Intel 12th-gen, and Microsoft SQ3 chips. It's also the first Surface PC with 5G capabilities, and merges the Surface Pro X with the main Surface Pro line.

"Every single part of Surface Pro 9 is meticulously crafted"

Surface Pro 9 renders

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Special edition Liberty version of the Surface Pro 9 with a vibrant blue floral design, reminiscent of the Windows 11 Bloom wallpaper, has also been announced. Looks crazy! 

Now getting a demo of the Surface Slim Pen 2... which isn't new.

GoodNotes is coming to Windows soon, just announced.

Surface Pro 9 webcam has a wider field of view, and is angled slightly differently so you're always in frame even when using the kickstand. 

"Surface Pro 9 with 5G" is the version with the ARM-based Microsoft SQ3 chip on the Inside. Looks like the Intel model misses out on cellular this year.

Now getting a demo of the new NPU (neural processing unit) features exclusive to the Surface Pro 9 with 5G. AI camera and microphone features including eye correction, automatic framing, blur effects, voice clarity, and voice focus. Microsoft says these effects will be more realistic compared to other devices that achieve these effects through software alone. 


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Now getting a demo of eye correction, voice clarity, and automatic framing.

Back to Panos. Now we're getting a look at the new Surface Studio 2+.

Surface Studio

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Surface Studio 2+ is 5x more powerful than the original Surface Studio. Sadly, it only has an 11th-gen quad-core processor.

Studio 2+ also features three USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports around the back, replacing the old SD card reader. Display remains at 60Hz, meaning no upgrade to 120Hz this generation.

New app/service announced: Microsoft Designer. A new graphics app with OpenAI's DALL-E 2 technology build in. Just type what you want to see, and the app will do the heavily lifting and put together a design for you.

DALL-E 2 AI is coming to Bing too, with a new Image Creator. It lets users type keywords into Bing and create unique and original images using AI.

And that's that! 

So to recap: New Surface Pro 9, Laptop 5, Studio 2+, Audio Dock, Presenter+, and new Designer app.

Also announced, GoodNotes, Apple Music, Apple TV are all coming to Windows soon.