The Microsoft Surface Pro 8 is expected to launch later this year, with Microsoft previously sticking to an annual update cycle for its tablet/laptop hybrid.
While there is no official word from Microsoft regarding the Surface Pro 8, the company has seemingly submitted a patent showing an identical device with solar panels (seen below) integrated into the kickstand. A second patent shows a Surface Pro kickstand featuring a speaker.
While the likelihood of these features arriving on the Surface Pro 8 is pretty low, it’s still rather interesting that Microsoft is exploring the idea of embedding new technology into the kickstand.
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