Microsoft Surface Rumor Roundup: Everything We Know So Far
It's been a bit since the release of the Surface Book 2, and now we're finally getting the first hints about the next Surface devices from Microsoft.
Much of the news comes from Brad Sams at Thurrott, who got his eyes on an internal document seemingly confirming some rumors and producing new ones. Here's what to expect from the news wave of Surface devices.
Libra - Cheap 10-inch Surface
For starters, there's Libra, which Sams believes to be a code-name for a low-cost Surface tablet that Bloomberg reported on earlier this year. Sams expects that to be a 2018 release.
Designed to compete with the new cheap iPad and Chromebooks, the Libra Surface will reportedly cost around $400 and come with a 10-inch display and USB-C connectivity. This would make it the smallest Surface yet. It's also expected to be 20 percent lighter than today's Surface Pro.
There should be a keyboard cover, but it will likely be optional.
Andromeda: Dual Screens on the Way
Then there's Andromeda, a rumored dual-screen device which may or may not be Surface branded. Microsoft reportedly sees this as a new product category, and reports suggest that other companies, including Dell, are getting in on the action.
As Sams notes: "Microsoft thinks of this hardware as a pocketable device to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience. But the company also says that after the release of their Andromeda device, OEM partners will release similar hardware, too."
Carmel: The New Surface Pro/Surface Pro 5
Internally, a new Surface Pro is called reportedly called Carmel, though little else is known about it other than that it is in development. It's safe to assume that Microsoft will adopt 8th-generation Core processors and USB-C ports. In addition, Microsoft could be working on a Surface Pen whose tip retracts, based on reports.
There's no information about a new Surface Laptop or Surface Studio just yet, but we'll keep our eyes and ears peeled.
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