FCC Certification Reveals Extra of Microsoft Floor Professional Eight Puzzle

With the certification, the new hardware from Microsoft is getting a little closer to the launch date.

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An FFC certification for Microsoft Surface Pro 8 has appeared online, so the rumor mill continues to run well with the increasing hype about Microsoft's new hardware.

The certification includes some useful updates on the network hardware that you can expect in Microsoft Surface Pro 8, which brings us closer to an estimated release date in 2021.

FFC certification reveals details about Surface Pro 8

FFC certification confirms that the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 8 will have an Intel AX201 network adapter with LTE connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi 6.

The news regarding LTE connectivity is not unexpected. We recently reported on a number of leaked specs for the Surface Pro 8, some of which included the LTE option.

Related: Microsoft Surface Pro 8 shipped with at least 8 GB of RAM

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The introduction of LTE connectivity on some Surface Pro 8 models is a welcome upgrade from the previous generation that didn't include an LTE option. Interestingly, older generations of the Surface Pro, like the Surface Pro 5, included an LTE option.

The other lesson from the FFC certification is that the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 launch date may be closer than we think. Obtaining FCC certification will validate hardware for use with telecommunications networks in the United States, bringing the new hardware one step closer to retailers.

What Else Do We Know About Microsoft Surface Pro 8?

Currently, most users work on the basis that Microsoft Surface Pro 8 ships with at least 8 GB of RAM for its entry-level Intel Core i3. There will likely be a flagship Surface Pro 8 that uses the 11th generation Intel Core i7 processor with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage.

We also saw leaks related to hardware performance.

At the beginning of December 2020 we reported on a Geekbench 5 benchmark test leak in which an unspecified Microsoft device was equipped 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 that was displayed was 4.80 GHz.

Related Topics: Benchmarking Leaks Reveal New Microsoft Surface Pro

Since the benchmark is in line with the expected specs of the flagship Surface Pro 8, the benchmark leak appears to be correct.

So the big question is: when will the Microsoft Surface Pro 8 hit the shelves? If earlier release dates are pending, the Surface Pro 8 may launch in October 2021. However, with FCC certification, the new hardware may start earlier than expected.

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