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Microsoft event October 2nd

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  • 13-09-2019 11:16am
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    Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭


    https://twitter.com/panos_panay/status/1172196805208993797

    Rumours are that this one might have some surprises, and will certainly have some big news as Satya Nadella will be in attendance (he wasn't there last year for their more routine hardware refresh event).

    What's likely:
    + New Surface Pro (possibly with USB C)
    + New Surface Laptop (possibly an AMD powered model)
    + New Surface Book

    What's possible:
    + New Surface earbuds (I have the Headphones and they're superb, so I'm interested in what these are like)
    + A mini-speaker device designed for usage with MS Teams
    + Foldable tablet, codenamed Centaurus - the leaks have been very vague with this one (MS are running a tight ship these days), but there's some info out there and we might finally see that Courier dream realised.
    + New Surface Go - I'm more hopeful about this than anything else, but I'd love to see a version of this device with an ARM processor, as Windows ARM is now a very capable OS.

    Unlikely, but who knows:
    + Software stuff - I'm hoping to hear more about Windows Core OS (hopefully more adaptive UIs for different device types), and I'm quite excited by the notion of them doing more with Android via Launcher and other apps.

    It's basically never going to happen at this event but - I'd kill for Microsoft to just build a Surface Phone with Android too at this point, but I think they'd want to spend a few more years working on Launcher to get to a point where they have more of a fully-fledged fork of Android for themselves.


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  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,346 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    So this has pretty much all leaked now.

    See here.
    ARM-based Surface tablet. Aimed at students, this device will carry a new brand that hasn’t leaked yet. It has two USB-C ports and a thin and light form factor. Update: It’s apparently called Surface Campus.

    Surface Pro 7. The new Pro packs both USB-C and USB-A.

    Surface Laptop 3. This will ship in a new 15-inch version (in addition to 13-inches) with a very attractive new look, no Alcantara, and one USB-C port. Supposedly AMD-based for some reason. Curious about dedicated graphics, but the 15-inch version looks thick enough to support it.

    Peripherals. New mice aren’t that exciting, but a new Surface Pen with wireless charging dock very much is.

    Sneak peek. As I had hoped, Microsoft will allegedly show off a new Windows version called Windows 10X aimed at new dual- and folding-screen devices along with a prototype of Centaurus, both due in late 2020. Maybe we’ll see third-party devices too, since Lenovo and Dell have already publicly discussed they are working on such things. I assume each of the biggest PC makers will follow Microsoft down this rabbit hole.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,346 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    New laptop looks incredible. Ryzen 7 with Vega graphics, but probably the most important for me, it's repairable. Able to open and swap hard drives. Not many ultrabooks with that.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,346 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    Surface Pro X looks like they've finally cracked what they wanted Surface RT to be. New Slim pen that has a resting/charging place built into the keyboard. Even has there own Microsoft SQ1 chipset, snapdragon based.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    The pen stored in the keyboard is a great addition - the magnets on the Surface Book were super strong for the pen but it was never an ideal place to store it. Wonder if they could fit something similar into a Surface Book's snake hinge?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    2 teraflops performance on the SPX, which is slightly more powerful than the original PS4 (by my own reckoning).


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    Teasing something for late next year, saying it's very early right now...the foldable I guess?


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,346 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    Surface NEO. Unusual to announce so far in advance. Looks great as well, I think they made the right choice making the hinge really small rather than trying to do folding glass, what with the Galaxy Fold debacle.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    Surface Neo - dual screen PC running Windows 10X (a version designed specifically for foldable PCs). Few definite specs yet, as it won't be ready for another year (I'd imagine it's the software that's not ready yet). It's the Courier dream alive!

    lcimg_de3b496d_3656_4d22_8204_f2c76bdaac44.0.jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    Surface Phone baybeeee!!


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    Is that ANDROID?


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  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,346 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    SNEAKY.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    That was a reveal up there with the Surface Book screen detach.


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,346 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    MJohnston wrote: »
    Is that ANDROID?

    Windows Phone is dead man, let it go*.





    *As much as I'd like it to still be around :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,492 ✭✭✭Oafley Jones


    Cool looking product - Surface Pro X. How worried do think intel are now? The know they're going to loose Apple within the short term and now MS are looking to get out as well.

    How ****ty was that presentation though? Guy in dark suit, holding black product on underlit stage with black banners. I mean FFS. MS should be much better at these kind of things.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    Cool looking product - Surface Pro X. How worried do think intel are now? The know they're going to loose Apple within the short term and now MS are looking to get out as well.

    How ****ty was that presentation though? Guy in dark suit, holding black product on underlit stage with black banners. I mean FFS. MS should be much better at these kind of things.

    Eh, I think Panos is one of the best presenters in tech tbh.


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    CatInABox wrote: »
    Windows Phone is dead man, let it go*.





    *As much as I'd like it to still be around :(

    Oh, I'm not clamouring for its return, I just can't tell whether it's running Windows 10X which is able to run Android apps, or whether it's running Android which has been reskinned to look like Windows 10X.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,492 ✭✭✭Oafley Jones


    MJohnston wrote: »
    Eh, I think Panos is one of the best presenters in tech tbh.

    I agree, that's why it so infuriating to see how poorly that was staged.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Technology & Internet Moderators Posts: 35,078 Mod ✭✭✭✭AlmightyCushion


    MJohnston wrote: »
    Oh, I'm not clamouring for its return, I just can't tell whether it's running Windows 10X which is able to run Android apps, or whether it's running Android which has been reskinned to look like Windows 10X.

    Going by this picture I'd say a skinned version of Android.

    https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/5Vb1IkeOVG9z_lT518axk_L7EEg=/0x0:2000x1336/920x0/filters:focal(0x0:2000x1336):format(webp):no_upscale()/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/19253054/slack_imgs.com.jpeg


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    Looks like a skinned version of Android.

    Apparently they worked closely with Google on it, which is interesting.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,118 ✭✭✭Royale with Cheese


    I don't get it. Two tablets with fairly large bezels stuck together with a hinge? Same again with the phone?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    I don't get it. Two tablets with fairly large bezels stuck together with a hinge? Same again with the phone?

    I mean, people said "I don't get it" about the iPad when that was announced "so it's a bigger iPhone?"


  • Moderators, Computer Games Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 10,346 Mod ✭✭✭✭CatInABox


    Microsoft always has had trouble with naming their products, and this is continuing.

    Surface Pro X doesn't run Windows 10 X

    I mean, just pick a different name for one of them, please?


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,048 ✭✭✭OU812


    Why did that event look like it was being held in the local community theatre before "improv night"?


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,654 ✭✭✭✭MJohnston


    I reckon Panay wants a smaller venue for a closer connection with journalists. Apple does its Coldplay stadium tour thing, Google does...I have no idea what Google does as I’ve never watched their product announcements. No point trying to compete on that regard.


  • Administrators Posts: 53,821 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭awec


    OU812 wrote: »
    Why did that event look like it was being held in the local community theatre before "improv night"?

    Surface events are always like that.

    Apple does the big event because it's whole year revolves around it. Surface is only a very small part of Microsoft's pie.


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