The leaked benchmarks indicate what hardware you can expect in the new Microsoft Surface Pro.
A leaked benchmark test has shed light on what hardware consumers can expect with the next Microsoft Surface Pro generation or even a new Surface laptop.
The benchmarks show a significant increase in performance for Microsoft's flagship portable, although there is no indication of when the updated hardware might hit the market.
Microsoft "OEMWY" benchmark leak
The Geekbench 5 benchmark test shows a new device with an 11th generation Tiger Lake Intel Core i7-1185G7, a quad-core processor with a base frequency of 3.0 GHz and a maximum frequency of 4.80 GHz.
It also shows the device as having 32 GB of RAM, although it does not specify which RAM generation the device is using. Still, the scores of 1,343 for the single-core performance and 4,970 for the multi-core performance are decent, although this is not a huge increase over the benchmarks for the current version, Microsoft Surface Pro 7.
Using the device code name "OEMWY", the benchmark could refer to one of Microsoft's portable hardware options. As with any benchmark leak, however, it is important not to read too much into the data.
Without knowing what device it is, a benchmark leak cannot tell the full story. It shows that the Microsoft team is fast approaching the point where a specification leak isn't a huge problem. This in turn means that the new hardware is somewhere on the not-too-distant horizon.
One specific thing is that every device that is being benchmarked for uses Intel Xe, a new generation of GPU built into mobile processors.
The new integrated Intel graphics card outperforms the Vega iGPU of the AMD Ryzen 4000 series and certainly offers much better graphics performance as well as more options for media creation and video game support.
Microsoft has already indicated that the updated Surface Pro is unlikely to be much different in style and proportions when compared to the current iteration. Using an Intel x86-based processor requires higher thermal capacity than an ARM-based processor. So expect fans and vents with little reduction in overall size.
A second Geekbench 5 benchmark leak for a device codenamed "OEMGR" uses an AMD Ryzen 7 3780U, which is the previous generation of processors (the latest hardware is the AMD Ryzen 4000 series).
Nevertheless, the AMD Ryzen 7 3780U is a powerful octa-core processor with a base frequency of 2.0 GHz and a maximum frequency of 3.95 GHz.
When will the new Microsoft Surface Pro arrive?
Unfortunately, there is no indication of when these benchmark tests will be implemented in physical hardware.
2020 was a difficult year for hardware manufacturers, although PC hardware sales increased due to the increase in remote working caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The most likely scenario is that Microsoft will release the new Surface Pro 8 in the second half of 2021, possibly along with the Surface Laptop 4, particularly when the Surface Pro X and Surface Laptop Go launched in late 2020.
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