However, it looks as though Microsoft has additional Surface hardware in store for us later this month. Last night, Microsoft Corporate VP of Devices Panos Panay took to Twitter to provide this update:
The fact that Panay tagged the post with #Surface has us rubbing our hands together in anticipation of new Surface Pro or Surface Book convertibles. After all, neither device has seen a meaningful update (if you don’t count the Performance Base for the Surface Book) since they launched back in late 2015.
Both the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 still feature Skylake-based processors when the rest of the industry has already moved on to Kaby Lake. However, the fact that the Surface Laptop includes seventh generation Core i5 and Core i7 processors gives us hope for the Surface Book 2 and Surface Pro 5.
If Microsoft does indeed launch new Surface hardware at the event, we can only hope that the company will add USB-C and/or Thunderbolt 3 connectivity to the devices. Microsoft’s promotional video for the Surface Laptop showed prototype devices with two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 style ports on its right side. Those ports didn’t make it through to the final production Surface Laptop, but at least we know that Microsoft isn’t completely opposed to the idea.
Unfortunately, we don’t have much else to go on with either the Surface Book 2 or Surface Pro 5, so we’ll have to wait until later this month to see what all the fuss is about. However, we can always hope for a tantalizing leak to get an early glimpse at what Microsoft has in store, which is exactly what happened with the Surface Laptop.