Since the Surface range began life in 2012, October has consistently been the most reliable time of the year to see new hardware. The Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Duo lines were all introduced to the world in this month, although Microsoft is bringing the schedule forward this year.
The company has announced an event for 22 September, although there’ll still be no in-person attendance due to the pandemic. There’s been no confirmation on what will actually be announced, but the teaser image all but confirmed Surface devices will be on the agenda.
Many of Microsoft’s most popular computers are due for an upgrade, and it looks set to be a bumper day of announcements. Here’s how to watch the event live, wherever you are in the world.
When is the next Microsoft event?
Microsoft has confirmed that its next event will take place this Wednesday, 22 September. Proceedings will get underway at 11am ET – that’s 4pm UK time, 5pm CET or 8.30pm IST.
— Microsoft (@Microsoft)
September 1, 2021
Remember, this is probably only when pre-orders go live – expect to wait until October for any new products to go on sale.
How to watch the Microsoft Surface event live?
There’s already a dedicated page for the 22 September event on the Microsoft website. This is the US site, but it can be accessed from anywhere.
Microsoft also regularly streams events via the Surface YouTube channel, although that wasn’t the case for the Windows 11 launch event. We’ll update this article if there does end up being a YouTube livestream.
The other alternative is via the official Microsoft Surface Twitter account – it’s likely the event will also be available to watch here.
What to expect from the Microsoft Surface event
Microsoft is expected to focus on hardware at the 22 September, and there are plenty of new devices which could be announced.
As many as three 2-in-1 devices could be announced, with the Surface Pro 8 expected to be the headline event. The latest leaks suggest it’ll move to a 13in, 120Hz display, as well as the latest Intel processors. The Surface Go 3 and next-gen Surface Pro X are both expected to get a new processor, but few other changes have been rumoured for either.
We’re also expecting the Surface Duo 2, Microsoft’s second-gen folding phone. Rumours consistently suggest it will move to the 5G-enabled Snapdragon 888 chipset, alongside new triple rear cameras and a refined design. We’re also hoping it will be more affordable than the original at launch.
They could be joined by another device that hasn’t been updated since May 2020 – the Surface Book. However, reports suggest this may not be known as the Surface Book 4 – Microsoft considering a radical redesign that would mean the device looks more like an iPad Pro with Magic Keyboard.
Aside from the Android-based Duo 2, expect them all to be running Windows 11 out of the box. Microsoft could also update its personal audio with successors to the Surface Earbuds and Surface Headphones 2.
We’ll be covering the event to bring you all the news, in case you can’t follow it live or would like to know more. In the meantime, check out our guide to the latest Surface leaks.
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