Heavily redesigned Surface Pro reportedly due for mid

Joanna Estrada
June 14, 2018

Panay told CNET in an interview previous year that Microsoft will formally issue the next numbered Surface Pro "when it's meaningful and the change is right, we'll put it on market".

As for the Surface Pro 6 update that you're expecting, well - don't get your hopes up for a 2018 launch.

ZDNet's report assumes the next Surface Pro device will be the 'Surface Pro 6, ' though that may just be a reference to that this will have been the sixth Surface Pro. Those same reports have said that the tablet will be powered by an Intel processor, but Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 sounds like it would be a better fit running Windows 10 on ARM (at least with respect to battery life). That's all we know about this product that Microsoft calls Carmel internally. Think 8th-gen Intel Core chips and maybe USB-C support. The Surface Laptop might receive a similar treatment. The first of these new Surface hardware products is codenamed Libra, and will be a low-priced tablet that will slot in below the Surface Pro.

Microsoft has been mostly quiet on the in-house hardware release front of late, focusing on a costly corporate acquisition, more software bringing Android and iOS phones closer to Windows 10 PCs, as well as classroom-friendly laptops manufactured by third parties.

This past week, I was tipped off that the next generation Xbox was codenamed Scarlett and in an effort to track down if this information was accurate, I was able to view content that highlighted several unannounced Microsoft products that are coming in the next two years. Even Microsoft resisted naming the device the 'Surface Pro 5,' for Surface lead Panos Panay felt it wasn't different enough to deserve the numbered moniker. Per the same Thurrott, Microsoft's Andromeda is a pocketable device that can create "a truly personal and versatile computing experience".

Naturally, nothing can be confirmed right now, s things are still in flux.

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