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A major Surface redesign is happening, but not until next year

14 June 2018

Now, according to a new report, Microsoft is gearing up for another flurry of new hardware devices in 2019.

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.

Libra is also an interesting Surface product, one that Bloomberg reported on not too long ago. The Surface Pro starts at $799 (Intel Core m3, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD), so it's possible that pricing for this device entry-level Surface tablet will closely align with the garden variety Apple iPad, which starts at $329. Optional LTE will also be available.

But at the same time, whispers of new low-priced Surface tablets, high-end wireless MR headsets developed in partnership with Samsung, a long overdue HoloLens sequel and something called "Andromeda" have slowly turned into rumbles.

Also as per MJF, Microsoft is also planning to launch new Surface-branded accessories, including a new headphone.microphone device.

These will basically follow in the footsteps of 2015's Surface 3 rather than last year's Surface Pro 5, which may need to wait until mid-2019 to receive a "heavily redesigned" sequel.

That date may seem relatively close considering that the Xbox One X launched previous year but Microsoft is aggressively moving ahead with hardware in the console space to shake up the industry. Not much is known about this device other than the fact that Microsoft plans to unveil it during the latter half of 2018 and that it will "create a truly personal and versatile computing experience". The codename of the next generation of Surface Pro 2-in-1 is Caramel and since it is going to be released next, we can expect that it will come powered by Intel's 10nm Cannonlake processor family.

A major Surface redesign is happening, but not until next year