Microsoft will hold an event on October 2nd where it is widely expected to launch a refresh of several key Surface hardware products. One of the devices rumored to get an update is the now ancient Surface Studio. So right on schedule, benchmarks of the alleged Surface Studio 2 have popped up on Geekbench, and it is said to be running a Core i7-7820HQ processor. For those keeping score, this is a 7th generation Kaby Lake-based processor instead of one Intel's newer 8th generation Coffee Lake offerings or even the 9th generation Coffee Lake Refresh.
So, in this instance, it seems to be more of the same with regards to Microsoft's decision to use "aged" processors. However, this still represents a slight boost in performance over the Core i7-6820HQ option that is available in the current Surface Studio. According to the Geekbench results, the Surface Studio 2 -- with 32GB of RAM installed -- managed to achieve single- and multi-core scores of 4,680 and 15,915 respectively.
However, we don't know how authentic these results are. We'd really like to believe that Microsoft would move past the 4-core/8-thread Skylake/Kaby Lake era to the 6-core/12-thread 8th generation Core parts. Those chips would be more fitting with the prices that Microsoft's all-in-one commands. But we digress.
While we expect there to be hardware changes under the hood, it's unlikely that Microsoft will make drastic changes to the design of the system itself. The original Surface Studio features a large 28-inch PixelSense touch display with a resolution of 4500x3000. Its unique zero-gravity hinge allows you to position the display at the perfect angle in front of you, or tilted closer to your desk where you can interact with it like a tabletop PC.