Microsoft’s plans for the approaching yr, and a bit past, have reportedly leaked in accordance with reviews from Thurott and ZDNet. So what might we see introduced this yr? Oh, simply HoloLens 2 and perhaps a less expensive Surface Pro. And early subsequent yr, we might additionally see the discharge of the Surface Pro 6.
As we beforehand reported, a leak of Microsoft’s hardware plans has been making the rounds, suggesting large plans for the top of 2018 and the early a part of 2019. Not solely might we see the announcement of the long-rumored Andromeda machine, however leaked code names and launch targets strongly counsel next-generation HoloLens is slated for launch in 2018, and a brand new Surface Pro can be popping out within the early a part of 2019.
“The coming family of small, cheaper Surface tablets (basically, successors to the Surface 3), are expected later this year. The Walking Cat said these could be codenamed ‘Lex,’ but like Thurrott.com’s Brad Sams, I’ve also heard the name ‘Libra’ associated with these. Target launch date: This summer, I’m hearing, at least for some models,” ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reviews.
Additionally, the identical leak mentions a tool codenamed “Sydney” popping out later this yr. Foley’s sources point out this machine is probably going the upcoming HoloLens 2, which might be the primary main refresh for the reason that machine debuted in 2016.
“It supposedly will be lighter, have better field of view, hopefully be cheaper and, as Microsoft has said previously, will come with an A.I. chip inside so as to handle A.I. processing at the ‘edge’ for better performance,” Foley continues.
As at all times, you will need to view these leaks with some quantity of skepticism, however given the variety of particular person sources popping out to corroborate Microsoft’s upcoming roadmap, these leaks are extra credible than most. That isn’t all, in accordance with Foley’s different sources, we may be taking a look at a brand new Surface Book in some unspecified time in the future within the close to future as properly.
“Intel eighth-generation refreshes of Surface Pro and Surface Laptop could be coming this fall. 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 reviews.