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Microsoft Surface rumor roundup

Sarah K. White | Aug. 19, 2016
What are the chances we'll see a Surface smartphone or desktop device alongside the next Surface Pro and Surface Book? If you believe the rumors, the chances are good.

Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2

Over at Windows Central, expect updates to the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, but don’t expect drastic changes. Changes will likely consist of minor cosmetic improvements and an internal overhaul of the hardware -- the possibility of an upgraded Type Cover has also been kicked around.

The Surface Book is expected to see updates in performance, with Windows Central suggesting the device will be equipped with Intel’s Kaby Lake processor, which supports 3D and 4K graphics. However, if the device does ship with Kaby Lake processors, that will push the release date out until 2017, due to delayed shipments of the CPUs, according to DigiTimes.

Windows Central also reports expected changes to the design of the Surface Book -- specifically closing the gap on the hinge so the display sits flush on the keyboard. Currently, when the device is shut there is a gap between the keyboard and display -- something customers weren’t too happy with in terms of aesthetics.

According to leaked images of product placeholders at a Windows Surface store, the next Surface Pro and Surface Book are expected to launch in 2017. As PC Advisor points out, the leaked photo suggests that we will see three new devices announced for next year; some expect the announcement to come in October of this year, while others point to Spring of 2017.

The Bit Bag also cites the recent price drop of the Surface Pro 4 as evidence of a forthcoming Surface Pro 5 -- companies like Microsoft and Apple will typically lower the cost of the current model on the market to clear out stock for the new version.

The Bit Bag says that the Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2 might also be held back by the release of Windows 10 Redstone 2, Microsoft’s upcoming operating system release. The two devices are expected to ship with the latest OS, holding up the announcement of the devices until the software is ready -- no word yet on pricing, but sources expect it to remain in the $900 to $1500 range, depending on the configuration.  


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