The Surface Book 2 may not be a part of Microsoft's spring hardware launch
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Microsoft’s Surface range of devices has been a mixed success for the company. The main Surface tablets have been well received but the ill-conceived Surface RT that used an ARM processor limited users to a much smaller suite of applications compared to the x86 version of the tablet. The most recent addition to the line, the gorgeous Surface Studio has been praised for its outstanding design and display but criticized for its underpowered mobile GPU and enormous price tag.
The Surface Book, a powerful and expensive 2-in-1 device with a unique hinge, was praised for its build quality but also criticized for a bizarre gap between the screen and keyboard when the device was closed. Regardless, the whole line of devices has shown Microsoft’s willingness to innovate and produce premium, niche devices.
Now, there is speculation that Microsoft will release a new Surface device this spring. It is possible that Microsoft may simply refresh one of its older products, but there is reason to believe that Microsoft may add yet another device category to the Surface line. For instance, DigiTimes is predicting that Microsoft will announce a clam-shell Surface book at a lower price point than its current, ultra-premium Surface book. Whatever Microsoft ends up announcing, expect another innovative, expensive niche device that features an excellent display.