It sure looks like Microsoft is launching another Surface tablet later this month

Microsoft has issued invitations to an event in Shanghai, to be held on May 23rd. 

This isn’t that unusual in and of itself: Microsoft, a global company with major consumer and enterprise businesses, holds press conferences and events all over the world on a regular basis. Except that this time, the invitation to the Shanghai event was posted to Instagram by Panos Panay, Microsoft’s hardware chief, with the hashtag “#Surface.”

To hammer it home, Microsoft confirms to the Verge that there will be new hardware at this event, making it a safe bet that we’re going to see some kind of new Surface device.

The safe money is on

a reveal of the Surface Pro 5 tablet — which is reportedly going to be a minor improvement over the current model.

But with such limited information, the mystery hardware could turn out to be anything: A new Surface Book, a refresh to the Surface Studio PC, or even, possibly, the long-rumored Surface Phone. 

It’s odd to think that Microsoft would launch another new device so soon: just a few days ago, on May 2nd, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop, a $999 competitor to the Apple MacBook. And yet, it’s shaping up that way. 

microsoft surface pro 4The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, pictured here, was first released in the Fall of 2015.

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