In brief: Microsoft's Surface Computing Series are some of the most experimental, alumni and successful Windows devices that have been seen for years. It seems that Microsoft is trying to continue this trend by releasing a modular desktop desktop desktop computer with a special monitor and surface computers with AMD processors, among other things.
The leak comes through the tech journalist Brad Sams, who has uncovered or confirmed five key ideas coming to the surface lineup in his new book, Beneath the Surface. As Sams noted, rumors should always be taken with grain with salt and the signs are subject to change.
The Microsoft Surface Center 2, a sleek and gigantic touchscreen for businesses, is very praised for its modular design that allows users to replace the CPU cartridge. Similarly, Surface Studio is a de facto choice for many artists and professionals due to its incredible stylish display and its powerful specifications – so Microsoft obviously decided to combine the best parts of both devices to create a modular Surface Studio 3.
The idea of a modular Surface Studio is not all that the new, in fact, Panos Panay's head of the surface, hinted that it might be coming a few months ago. Now, however, Sams has discovered that all the basic components, such as CPU, graphics card, RAM, and storage, are likely to be upgraded through a similar tape system. Due to the difficulties of creating a modular design, we will have to wait until 2020 to see it.
The ultimate feature of Surface Studio has always been the monitor and its fantastic hinge design, which will obviously be modular. Microsoft will finally sell the monitor separately and allow users to have their own computer as an input. Regarding why Microsoft no longer does, Sams said: "Surface Studio 2 has a starting price of $ 5,499 and when I asked Microsoft after it posted how much it would cost just to sell the screen, they quoted a figure of around $ 2,000 . "The monitor will be sold for much less than when it hit stores in 2020.
Microsoft's most popular surface devices, Surface Pro and Surface Laptop will also receive two serious upgrades when updated late next year: USB-C and AMD Ryzen processors. Perhaps due to Intel's fighting with 10nm upgrading, the next Ryzen of AMD will offer better performance and greater energy savings. It is unknown but likely to be based on 7nm.
It would be bizarre to see that this year Microsoft shut down the USB-C, but according to Sams, it was very deliberate. "This was not a technical restriction," he writes. "Instead, Panay is said to have made the decision himself, so his engineers did not include the ports when refreshing the inside of the devices for the updated Intel chips." Obviously, the port is preserved for a redesign that will present rounded corners along with weakening frames and reducing the thickness of devices.
Lastly, Sams discussed the most anticipated Microsoft device: The Andromeda Project. Andromeda is Microsoft's attempt on a device with a folding touch screen and rumors have claimed that it will be a phone for years, but apparently that idea has been canceled. Instead, Microsoft decided to make the device bigger for better collaboration with Windows 10, and will release it as a collapsible Surface tablet later this year.