With the exception of several unpopular tablets, all Microsoft surfaces to date are powered by Intel processors. But that can change next year.
Brad Sams has just published a book on the history and future of Microsoft's "Surface Products" and, among other things, includes some tidbits around Microsoft's next year's path or the like.
Sams says it includes an upgraded Surface Studio in 2020 and a refreshed Surface notebook that should start about a year from now – and at least some models may have AMD chips rather than Intel processors.
It is unclear whether this means that Microsoft plans to go all in AMD, but the company, apparently, is not pleased with how long it takes Intel to make the move from 14nm to 10nm.
AMD, meanwhile, is already working on 7nm chips and it is possible that the upcoming Surface notebook can be characterized on the basis of the upcoming Zen 2 architecture.
Sams said the updated Surface Studio that will be launched in 2020 could be a modular computer system, such as the upcoming Surface Hub 2. Instead of upgrading fully the new Surface Studio when the CPU, memory or other specifications start to feel dated, d can take out an old module and replace it with something new while continuing to use the same display, pen and other accessories.
Other details / predictions from Sams include:
- A new surface book with slim frames and USB-C support comes in Q4, 2019.
- The Andromeda-dual-display dual-screen device will look similar to Intel's Tiger Rapids prototypes and could be transmitted in Q4, 2019 … if it's ready by then.
- There is another kind of new "ambient" device in works that can be a companion to a smartphone that Sams says "can help with text input and navigation".