Microsoft may have already delayed the launch of the Surface Book 2
Microsoft’s next major hardware release may have already hit a major hurdle.
The company was thought to be planning to unveil the new Microsoft Surface Book 2 later next month, but now reports have claimed that the new laptop device is not yet ready to be shown off.
Instead, Microsoft will press ahead without the device – meaning that the company could be set to show off something completely new instead.
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The news comes from a report in ZDNet, which quotes Microsoft sources as saying that although the company will still be holding a hardware launch event within the next few weeks, this won’t feature the launch of the Surface Book 2.
Instead, Microsoft could be planning to reveal a whole new type of Surface Book, if recent reports are to be believed.
The company is apparently planning a new generation of the device which would drop the original’s detachable tablet build in favour of a classic ‘clamshell’ laptop design.
The event could also be the occasion for Microsoft to launch a new version of its HoloLens headset, or even a tweaked version of its Surface Studio device
The original Surface Book was released back in 2015
Anticipation is continuing to build around the Surface Book 2, as Microsoft looks set to refresh the original device, released back in October 2015.
A separate report recently claimed that the device has recently entered production, and that it will keep a 13.5in display, surrounded by a magnesium-aluminium alloy body, meaning it’ll be tough enough to survive being carried around all day.
However the new release will not suffer from a higher price tag, with reports claiming that the Surface Book 2 will go on sale for around $1,000 (£807).
This is significantly lower than the starting price of the original Surface Book, which starts from $1,499 (£1,210).
Along with a new Surface Book, Microsoft is also thought to be working on a new version of its Surface Pro device, which could yet be revealed at the mystery spring event.
The Surface Pro 5 should be the company’s most powerful hybrid device yet, and could be one of the most powerful computing devices ever, if recent reports are to be believed.
Other rumours say that the Surface Pro 5 will upgrade the screen seen on previous devices, allowing for 4K UltraHD resolution, meaning you can watch videos and play games in greater detail.
The last generation device, the Surface Pro 4, was launched back in October 2015, meaning it is ripe for an upgrade, especially if Microsoft is keen to show off the power of its Windows 10 software.
However we’re not expecting the Surface Pro 5 to launch until October 2017.