For all the limited expectations around Microsoft's hardware event next week, there are some clues that suggest Microsoft has some new hardware to show off.
For example the Surface Pro 4 has seen some hefty discounts in different regions over the last month and now the Surface Dock accessory is also available at a sale price.
Now this may just be Microsoft trying to put a better spin on inventory and sales numbers, but if so its either a little late for the Q3 reporting period or very early for the Q4 one.
The consensus seems to be a Surface Pro 5 isn't going to be ready until next year, but I guess that doesn't stop Microsoft from creating a Surface Pro 4S, with updated internals. Much as Apple does in every second year of the iPhone release cycle.
The dock discount is a bit of a strange on though. If the Surface Pro is a minor update you would expect it to retain the current Surface connector design. If there is also a new Surface Book in the offing that will leverage USB-C for its power and connectivity then this makes a bit more sense. I suppose its not entirely impossible that an upgrade Surface Pro 4 could switch to the new connector too.