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Microsoft teases new keyboard covers ahead of Surface Pro launch

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Update: Microsoft has now officially revealed the Surface Pro at its press event in Shanghai.

Microsoft confirmed that it’s about to launch a new Surface Pro device complete with fresh keyboard covers at a press event in Shanghai today, courtesy of a tweet from the executive in charge of Surface hardware.

Yesterday, Panos Panay, Corporate VP of Devices at Microsoft, tweeted (opens in new tab): “Working session. 30 hours to go. #MicrosoftEvent #Surface #Shanghai.”

The message was accompanied by a picture of new Type Cover keyboards for the Surface (see below), clearly showing that these will be launched – probably among other accessories – with what surely must be a new Surface Pro.

This backs previous rumors which have shown us what the new hybrid will look like: pretty much the same as the old Surface Pro 4.

Indeed, as has previously been reported, this isn’t the Surface Pro 5 – rather the device will simply be called the Surface Pro, ditching the numbers entirely and only being a minor refresh. We heard on the grapevine last month that this iteration is most likely a basic upgrade of the hardware innards including adding Kaby Lake processors.

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Panay further tweeted a video five hours ago, with the message: “I love our fans. Here’s to you. #Surface.”

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At the end of the video clip, one of the fans commenting says of Microsoft’s Surface range: “I really can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with next.”

It seems we’re just about to find out at the Shanghai event, which kicks off at midday BST (4:00 PT or 7:00 ET in the US). Stay tuned for our full coverage of the launch, and fingers crossed for something unexpected popping up, or a more major Surface Pro refresh than we anticipate.

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Darren is a freelancer writing news and features for TechRadar (and occasionally T3) across a broad range of computing topics including CPUs, GPUs, various other hardware, VPNs, antivirus and more. He has written about tech for the best part of three decades, and writes books in his spare time (his debut novel - 'I Know What You Did Last Supper' - was published by Hachette UK in 2013).