The Microsoft Surface Event is quickly approaching, and while nothing has been confirmed to journalists, there are plenty of rumors circulating about what it should appear.
Devices speculated to make an appearance include the Surface Pro 10, Surface Go 4, and Surface Laptop Go 3, as well as possibly the Surface Laptop Studio 2, some accessories, and software.
Notice that none of these articles include Microsoft’s Surface Laptop 6? In early 2023, there were some rumors about two reported models and possible specifications. The source of information, however, dried up after May and has not been heard from since. This is strange, considering that Microsoft usually releases laptops on an annual basis, with the exception of 2020.
But there is still a chance to see the update. And if the latest report from May is true, we could be looking at a laptop that could even challenge the 15-inch MacBook Air, which is the successor to what is considered one of the best MacBooks and even one of the best laptops on the market. .
Microsoft Surface Laptop 6: let’s get to the point
- What is that? The next Microsoft Surface Laptop device
- When does it come out? Possibly in the third or fourth quarter of 2023
- How much will it cost? It may have a higher price than its predecessor
Microsoft Surface Laptop 6: price and release date
Since the Surface Event will take place on September 21, 2023, we can expect the Surface Laptop 6 to make its debut later in 2023. Pricing is a little easier to predict, as it has always been at the same starting price of $999 for every release and there’s no reason for Microsoft to deviate now.
Pricing for the higher spec models is a little harder to pin down. Last year, the 15-inch model cost $1,399 with a jump to $2,499 for the 32GB RAM and 1TB storage model. A little expensive considering the GPU was the standard Intel mobile GPU and not a true gaming GPU.
There have been no reports or rumors about pricing, so we’ll see what Microsoft has come up with for the event.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 6: design
We can’t imagine Microsoft changing much of the design between the Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 and Surface Laptop 6, especially since there was almost no information on what the update might look like. We have something to go on, thanks to the May 2023 Wccftech report.
There are expected to be 13.5-inch and 15-inch models for the laptop, with the smallest model having four colors to choose from: Platinum with Alcantara palm rest, Matte Black with metal palm rest, Emerald Brown with metal palm rest, and Sandstone with metal palm rest. The 15-inch model, however, only offers two: Platinum with a metal palm rest and Matte Black with a metal palm rest.
As for port selection, there’s a Thunderbolt 4 USB-C port, two USB-A 3.1 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack, and of course, the Surface Connect port.
It seems that those who would have wanted a revamp will be disappointed, as Microsoft seems to have found a classic design that it wants to stick with. Hopefully the bezels will be a little thinner for this model at least, as Microsoft is clearly trying to compete with Apple’s MacBook Air, which has already ditched the thick bezels.
Microsoft Surface Laptop 6: specifications and performance
Wccftech’s May 2023 report revealed many possible specifications for the Surface Laptop 6. According to the website, there are expected to be two models, one with a 13.5-inch display and 2256 x 1504 resolution and the other a 15-inch model with 2496 x 1664 resolution.
The CPU options are said to be Intel Core i5-1335U and Core i7-1355U. The 13.5-inch can be configured with both options, while the 15-inch can only have the more powerful i7 chip.
The 13.5-inch Surface Laptop 6 is said to last an hour longer than the 15-inch model. If true, that means the former could last a maximum of 21 hours, although that claim would need to be thoroughly tested first.
Other specs revealed include 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB LPDDR5X RAM configurations, though unfortunately they cannot be user-upgradable. The SSD, however, available in both 256GB and up to 512GB, can be upgraded.