Microsoft Surface: Everything We Think We Know About New Hardware


#Microsoft #SurfaceMicrosoft Surface: Everything We Think We Know About New Hardware : It was on stage a year ago that Microsoft offered up fresh rivals to the iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air and MacBook devices that Apple uses to dominate the high-end computing and smartphones markets. Rumors and a new event invitation sent out to reporters last week hint at another wave of upgrades for the Microsoft Surface line.

Allegedly, Microsoft has at least one new Microsoft Surface in the works. Known only as the Surface All-In-One for now, rumors indicate that this device will finally add a desktop to the company’s portfolio of devices. It’s a class it currently leaves to its hardware partners today. We’ve seen what we think are some related hardware leaks for the Surface All-In-One recently.

There are also rumblings of delayed upgrades to other models in Microsoft’s hardware portfolio. The Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book are now a year old, software fixes have finally made these devices a bit more stable, but they don’t warrant refreshes necessarily. Lumia smartphones are officially dead in the water; no Microsoft Band 3 is coming either.

Here’s what we think we know about a suspected new wave of Microsoft Surface related updates and upgrades coming this fall and beyond.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5

Microsoft hasn’t shared official sales numbers, but it’s safe to say that the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 3 make up the majority of the Surface hardware the company sells. Certainly, they’re the more recognized and most often seen products in the portfolio.

The Surface Pro was the second piece of Surface hardware to arrive on store shelves. Users flocked to the Surface Pro 3 once Microsoft managed to get the right mix of screen-size, durability and power. It’s both the company’s answer to the iPad and MacBook Air.

With a year now gone, some assume that Microsoft will debut a Surface Pro 5, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Not only have there been next to no rumors about the device, Microsoft has shown a willingness to adopt an 18-month long upgrade cycle for devices it believes are stable enough in the marketplace.

Citing sources with knowledge of Microsoft’s plans, All About Microsoft maintains that the company doesn’t have plans to introduce a potential Surface Pro 5 until the next major round of Windows 10 software upgrades are ready sometime in 2017.