Microsoft has introduced its annual October Floor occasion for 2019. From what we’ve heard up to now, it’s shaping as much as be fairly a giant one.
That is normally Microsoft’s probability to point out off updates to all its new product traces, and this time round, we could even get a sneak preview of the futuristic, dual-screen 2-in-1 we’ve been ready years to see. Right here’s all the things we all know up to now.
Time and placement
The occasion is at the moment scheduled for Wednesday, October 2, in New York Metropolis. We don’t have a particular time but, however previously these occasions have been held within the early afternoon, ET.
Phrase is that the occasion will likely be livestreamed, though final yr, it was not.
Floor Professional 7
A whole lot of what we’re anticipating from the occasion relies on rumors and hypothesis, however one factor is pretty sure: Microsoft will launch a brand new model of its Floor Professional. Whether or not or not it’ll be known as the “Floor Professional 7” stays to be seen, however the rumor mill about a few of its new options has been buzzing all yr.
Final yr’s mannequin was a really iterative replace, bringing quicker processors, higher battery life, and a brand new black shade possibility. The rumors acknowledged on the time that the bigger redesign can be coming in 2019. Which means the Floor Professional 7 might carry some vital adjustments to the 2-in-1’s design, which hasn’t been altered a lot within the six variations of it we’ve seen up to now.
What’s new? Nicely, we’re anticipating the gadget to lastly get a USB-C port, for starters. In response to a patent from late 2017, we might see a brand new kickstand that makes it simpler to open and shut. The bigger adjustments we’re anticipating are to the Sort Cowl, the place rumors have pointed to a redesigned keyboard and touchpad. We might see all the things from a second display on the bottom to a brand new keyboard structure. Right here’s hoping we at the very least get some thinner bezels on this factor.
Maybe most curiously, rumors have indicated Microsoft would possibly transfer to a Qualcomm processor for the Floor Professional 7. The primary laptop computer to make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx chip was the Samsung Galaxy E-book S, introduced in August. That is the primary Qualcomm system on a chip to compete straight with Intel’s Core i5 chip. Going with Qualcomm would additionally present built-in LTE help for the Floor Professional 7.
Floor Laptop computer three
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The second gadget we’re anticipating to see is the Floor Laptop computer three. There have been a lot of latest studies about Microsoft’s subsequent clamshell laptop computer, so we’re pretty sure it’ll make an look on the occasion. What it’ll appear to be, although, is up for debate.
Latest studies have instructed Microsoft may have each the usual 13.5-inch mannequin, in addition to a 15-inch possibility. This wouldn’t be too onerous to think about, as Microsoft already affords two sizes for the Floor E-book 2. The extra outlandish rumor is that the system can be powered by AMD. That may be an enormous win for AMD, although it appears a bit unlikely at this level.
Exterior of that, not a lot is understood in regards to the Floor Laptop computer three. We’d anticipate it to additionally obtain a much-needed USB-C port, in addition to some thinner bezels, however we’ll have to attend and see.
Floor Centaurus and Home windows Core OS
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Maybe probably the most thrilling product we’re hoping to take a look at is a dual-screen, 2-in-1 gadget code-named Centaurus. If you happen to watch Microsoft intently, you’ll know a lot of dual-screen gadgets have been within the works for ages. It began as some sort of Floor Cellphone, although that was reportedly scrapped for a extra tablet-sized gadget.
Some studies have indicated that Centaurus may have a foldable display, presumably even utilizing liquid internally to stabilize the hinge. If we needed to guess, although, we’d say it’s a clamshell two-screen gadget with out a bodily keyboard. This wouldn’t be the primary of those we’ve seen, however how Microsoft approaches it ought to be pretty progressive.
Centaurus is rumored to additionally debut a brand new model of Home windows, generally known as Home windows Core OS. It’s a “modular” working system that’s already being utilized in merchandise just like the Floor Hub 2 and HoloLens 2, although Microsoft hasn’t talked about it a lot. Although it’d really feel pretty just like Home windows 10, it might add some wanted flexibility in working with two screens. We don’t anticipate a full breakdown on both Centaurus or Core OS at this occasion, although we’d wish to see at the very least a glimpse of what Microsoft has been engaged on.
Floor Headphones, Floor Studio three, and extra
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Ultimately yr’s occasion, the corporate trotted out 4 new merchandise, so there’s precedent for a sweeping replace to the lineup. We might see an replace to the Floor Studio, the corporate’s all-in-one iMac competitor. This might line up with latest rumors about an upcoming redesigned Floor keyboard and mouse.
The smaller Floor Go might even get an replace, although the rumor mill has been silent on that. The Floor Headphones had been launched finally yr’s occasion, so Microsoft might launch a model 2 of these.
Lastly, Microsoft’s different 2-in-1, the Floor E-book, might get an improve. This one is pretty unlikely, although. The Floor E-book 2 was given a spec bump earlier this yr. Then once more, it’ll have been two years because the launch of the Floor E-book 2, so the timing can be proper for a brand new model.