If you’ve been holding out for a radical update to the Microsoft Surface Pro, it looks like you’ll be disappointed. According to leaks showing a minor change to the case and a CPU bump, this is very much 2017’s Surface Pro all over again.
A number of leaks point to a move to the 8th generation Intel CPUs and small shift in the shape of the body, with the corners getting a little more rounded.
Surprisingly, USB-C support looks to still be omitted with traditional USB-A connectors, the magnetic Surface power connector and mini-DisplayPort being retained. And the new models will have the same 12.3-inch PixelSense panel running at a 2736 × 1824 resolution.
It’s hard to believe USB-C is being held back. It’s fast becoming the defacto standard for peripherals and there are plenty of adaptors available for connecting other devices.
While the Surface Pro is a very popular device – I see a lot of them at airports suggesting they’re popular with business travellers – there’s been very little change over the last couple of generations. And while these updates don’t make the device any less useful, the once-innovative Surface Pro is being overtaken by many competitors.