Microsoft Surface 7 could be packing Snapdragon chip

The new tablet could have a thinner design and better camera, according to a report.

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Microsoft's Surface Pro could get a refresh this week.

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Microsoft will reportedly unveil a low-end Surface 7 tablet this week, along with a Surface Pro 7 and a Surface Laptop 3. And instead of Intel on the inside, the Surface 7 -- codenamed Campus -- could instead run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx SoC, Wccftech reported Saturday, citing French tech blog Frandroid.

Microsoft is set to host a Surface event on Wednesday in New York City, exactly one year after its last Surface event, where it launched high-end noise-canceling headphones and a new Surface Pro 6 tablet, Surface Laptop 2Surface Studio 2 all-in-one desktop PC and new features for Windows and Office 365.

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The tablet will come with narrower bezels on the left and right, while the bezels on top and bottom will be widened to fit a bigger camera on top and a magnetic strip for the keyboard on bottom, according to the report.

It could also come with 4G LTE connectivity, the report said, along with USB-C ports.

Microsoft is also rumored to be working on a dual-screen Surface device.

Microsoft declined to comment.

First published at 3:18 p.m. PT on Sept. 30.
Updated at 4:51 p.m.: Adds Microsoft declined to comment.

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