As the launch of the Surface Pro 8 is fast approaching, Microsoft has presented its new tablet to regulators of the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to obtain the certification necessary for its entry into the US market. The opportunity to confirm certain rumors.
She should be pointing her nose later in January, but in the meantime, the Surface Pro 8 is going through the all-important FCC certification. The American office in charge of telecommunications has therefore received some of the technical information of the device, which allows us to take cognizance of it and to corroborate certain rumors. We learn in particular that the device will offer a 4G option enabled by a M.2 Quectel LTE-A Cat 12 module, in addition to Wi-Fi connectivity provided this time by an AX201 card signed Intel.
As we indicated recently, the now confirmed return of the Surface Pro 8 4G is more of a comeback than a real novelty: Microsoft had indeed already offered this option in the past, but the Surface Pro 7 did not profit any more.
Towards an AMD Ryzen variation?
The Surface Pro 8 should for the rest switch to Intel Tiger Lake processors and thus benefit from the new, more efficient Iris Xe iGPUs. In total, Microsoft should offer at least three main versions of its tablet: with an entry-level model equipped with a Core i3, 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of SSD; a mid-range version with a Core i5, 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of SSD; and finally a top-of-the-range model this time bringing together a Core i7 (probably the i7-1185G7, indicates MSPowerUser), 16 or 32 GB of RAM and up to 1 TB of SSD.
The firm is anyway finalizing the preparations for the launch of its new tablet, a tablet that would also arrive on the market in parallel with a new Surface Laptop. The latter could, for its part, count on both Intel and AMD versions … it remains to be seen whether Microsoft would then offer Renoir chips (Ryzen 4000, launched in spring 2020) or the new Cezanne processors with Zen 3 architecture. ‘AMD is expected to unveil shortly.