Friday, 19 October, 2018

Microsoft’s Next Surface Pro Will Reportedly Get a Radical Redesign

Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 could be 'heavily redesigned' for 2019 Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 could mark a design departure from the Surface devices of old
Sherri Watson | 16 June, 2018, 03:29

Several reports have revealed exciting details about Microsoft's rumoured new hardware, and yet another rumour claims that Surface Pro 6 will launch next year. With the device being pocketable, my biggest open question is whether or not it will have phone functionality, effectively making it a Surface phone, and a new attempt at breaking into the smartphone market. Microsoft recently released an updated version of its Surface Book, the version 2 which sports the fast and reversible USB-C ports.

Microsoft could also be working on a cheaper Surface device aimed more at the entry-level marker, as Thurrott's Brad Sams noted that there's a device being worked on at Redmond going by the codename of "Libra". Rumoured to arrive before the end of 2018, it is expected to have a 10-inch display and could very well go head-to-head with Apple's iPad range.

The device will also feature a better GPU, with SSD storage.

Being a portable device, Andromeda is expected to offer a "truly personal and versatile" computing experience. Some rumours suggest that it will be a pocketable device nearly like a foldable tablet with two screens separated by a hinge. "But the company also says that after the release of their Andromeda device, OEM partners will release similar hardware, too".

For starters, there's Libra, which Sams believes to be a code-name for a low-priced Surface tablet that Bloomberg reported on earlier this year.

It is noteworthy that these rumoured launch timelines could change as the leaked documents were made under the leadership of Terry Myerson who announced his departure from the company back in March. "I'm not sure if these will include USB-C ports (I'd think/hope so), but I believe they still will include the Surface Connect port", Foley said.