More Kaby Lake rumors arise for Surface Book successor

More Kaby Lake rumors arise for Surface Book successor
More Kaby Lake rumors arise for Surface Book successor
Major hardware revisions for the Surface series not likely to come before 2017.

Both the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 are solidly designed devices, but they weren't without some issues at launch. In particular, the Skylake platform and graphics drivers were to blame for crashes that a number of users were facing. Users have been referring to the issues as "Surface Gate", which has become a small PR problem for the Redmond company.

According to ZDNet, Microsoft is not planning to launch any successors to the Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 this year due in part to the Skylake issues learnt from their predecessors. Microsoft may be electing to wait for the platform to mature and skip out on the upcoming Holiday season.

Microsoft could be launching the Surface successors in tandem with the release of Redstone 2 come Spring 2017, but the source claims that the company has been focusing more on business customers rather than conveniently aligning major Windows updates with hardware releases.

Nonetheless, a new Surface product could still be coming this Fall based on placeholder placards spotted last week. The source speculates that the new Surface model could replace the outgoing Surface 3 or be simple configuration updates for existing SKUs.


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Benjamin Herzig/ Allen Ngo, 2016-07-10 (Update: 2016-07-10)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.