October 2nd is the big day for Microsoft fans and… investors, because that’s when they’re going to showcase new Surface products. Chief among them will be the Surface Pro 7, which has had its specs leaked over the past week. Now we also learn details about the accessories.
The Surface Pen was pretty appreciated so far, as a pretty accurate pen with 4096 pressure points, rather comfy to use and supporting 21 ms latency, plus tilt. It even has a rubber eraser for wannabe artists and their corrections. Oddly enough, in spite of the $100 price tag, the device still used the old school AAAA battery. The new version of it takes a cue from the Apple Pencil and Samsung S Pen, by using a “charging coil”, as leaked documents show.
The new Surface Pen reached the FCC this week, for the usual regulatory visit and it revealed said coil. This means the AAAA battery is out of the picture and replaced with wireless charging. A magnetic attachment to the device is also likely, especially since the previous Surface Pen could already be attached in that way to the Surface Pro 6.
Microsoft could also take the S Pen route and implement a supercapacitor here. Surface Pro 7 was recently leaked as starting from a basic Core i3, 4 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD config, going up to a Core i7, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD. There were talks about AMD and Qualcomm versions, but those fell through.
Expect a $600 price point to start with, a new Surface Book, Surface Dial and maybe also a foldable Surface…