Well, Microsoft’s hardware event tomorrow has pretty much been ruined by leaks. There are literally no surprises to be had, thanks to some more leaks this morning.
So let’s summarize.
Based on many, many leaks, Microsoft will announce:
ARM-based Surface tablet. Aimed at students, this device will carry a new brand that hasn’t leaked yet. It has two USB-C ports and a thin and light form factor. Update: It’s apparently called Surface Campus. Or perhaps that is the codename.
Surface Pro 7. The new Pro packs both USB-C and USB-A.
Surface Laptop 3. This will ship in a new 15-inch version (in addition to 13-inches) with a very attractive new look, no Alcantara, and one USB-C port. Supposedly AMD-based for some reason. Curious about dedicated graphics, but the 15-inch version looks thick enough to support it.
Peripherals. New mice aren’t that exciting, but a new Surface Pen with wireless charging dock very much is.
Sneak peek. As I had hoped, Microsoft will allegedly show off a new Windows version called Windows 10X aimed at new dual- and folding-screen devices along with a prototype of Centaurus, both due in late 2020. Maybe we’ll see third-party devices too, since Lenovo and Dell have already publicly discussed they are working on such things. I assume each of the biggest PC makers will follow Microsoft down this rabbit hole.
That last bit is, of course, the biggest news. Well, that and the fact that there’s no Surface Book 3. Is it possible that Surface Laptop is being repositioned to take its place? We can only speculate.
You know. Until the next leak.