Microsoft may still be working on a next-gen Surface Studio all-in-one PC. The device will apparently arrive in 2022, alongside updates to other Surface products, according to Windows Central Zac Bowden.
With the release of Surface Laptop Studio, aimed at creators, many thought the Surface Studio line might be dead. It was last updated by Microsoft in 2018 with the Surface Studio 2. However, it has now been revealed that the pandemic, along with global chip shortages, has forced Microsoft to postpone a Surface Studio 3 beyond. 2020 as he had originally planned. Now the device is “finally on the registry” for the New Year, Bowden sources say.
It’s unclear what Microsoft might do with the Surface Studio 3, and if it could get a major overhaul. Judging from the past, a CPU refresh and GPU refresh might be the best option. Twelfth-generation Intel processors and Nvidia’s RTX 30 graphics cards might be fine.
This would be a huge improvement over the GTX series graphics and the Core i7-7820HQ in Studio 2 which is now three years old. Microsoft partners, meanwhile, have released cool all-in-one systems like the HP Envy 32 and the Dell Inspiron 27 7000. A Studio update is long overdue.
Along with a follow-up to Surface Studio 2, Microsoft is also working on updates to existing Surface devices. This includes the Laptop Go, which could accommodate 11th Gen Intel processors, a new Surface Pro with 12th Gen Intel processors, and a Surface Pro X with a new Microsoft SQ3 chip. Even the main Surface Laptop lineup will be upgraded according to Bowden. The 12th generation AMD Rembrandt and Intel chips could be found in these devices.
As for the Surface Duo 3, it looks like Microsoft could put that on hold. Bowden believes plans could change, but Microsoft is planning a 2023 release for the Duo 3, focusing instead on software issues with the original Duo 2 and Surface Duo.
What about Windows 11? Bowden’s sources tell him the next Windows 11 update could arrive in the summer of 2022. Give developers access to create third-party widgets, a larger dark mode, and bring back missing functions to the taskbar are all things Microsoft is focused on.
Even ARM-based computers are a major area of focus for the company in 2022. A new development kit with a flagship processor based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8cx Gen3 could arrive in the new year.