Microsoft to launch new Surfaces on September 23

Summary:Microsoft is planning to launch its Surface 2 and Surface 2 Pro devices at an invitation-only event in New York on September 23.

Microsoft will be launching its next-generation Surface devices and peripherals on September 23 in New York City, according to an invitations Microsoft is sending out to press today.

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At an invitation-only event, Microsoft is expected to show off the Haswell-based Surface 2 Pro and the Tegra-based Surface 2 -- products about which there've been a number of leaks in the past week-plus.

Microsoft's invitation doesn't specify whether the company also will show off a rumored 7- to 8-inch Surface device . But I'm hearing from my sources this mini Surface won't be part of the September 23 unveiling.

Nokia had been rumored to be targeting September 26 for a New York City launch event . Company watchers believed Nokia planned to launch its "Sirius" ARM-based tablet and/or its "Bandit" Lumia phablet at that event. So far, however, no invitations have gone out for such an event.

Microsoft isn't expected to start selling its Surface 2 or Surface 2 Pro devices this month. It's expected to wait until around the time Windows 8.1 launches and becomes generally available, which is October 18.

Here are a few of the tidbits that have leaked so far about the new Surface devices:

Microsoft's Haswell-based Surface Pro 2: The leaks begin

Microsoft's Surface 2: New reports on Surface RT's successor

Microsoft looks to roll out a Surface Pro docking statio n

Microsoft readies rumored Power Cover for Surface: Reports

Topics: Microsoft Surface, Mobility, PCs, Tablets, Windows 8

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Se... Full Bio

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