It’s been close to 18 months since Microsoft first launched the Surface Book, the company’s popular 2-in-1 notebook with a detachable touchscreen display. In addition, the company has yet to release a successor to the Surface Pro 4 tablet, which also launched in the fall of 2015. Now a new report claims that the Surface Book 2 won’t be released this spring, as previously anticipated, and the jury is apparently still out on whether we will get a Surface Pro 5 announcement as well.
The report comes from ZDNet‘s Mary Jo Foley, via her unnamed sources. Foley has a good track record on previous rumors from Microsoft, She does say that Microsoft is currently planning to hold some kind of press event sometime this spring, possibly in April, around the time that its upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update is slated to be released. However, any new hardware that may be announced at this media event has not yet been confirmed.
Foley does point out one rumor from the Digitimes. It claims that Microsoft is planning to release a new version of the Surface Book, but with a more traditional clamshell design for the laptop instead of a detachable display. The notebook would still have a 13.5-inch screen and a magnesium-aluminum case, but would sell for under $1,000, well below the prices of the current versions of the Surface Book. Foley says a new Surface-branded smartphone is also likely not to make a debut this spring.
As always, these kinds of unconfirmed reports, even ones from reliable media sources like ZDNet, should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it would seem like Microsoft is waiting for fall 2017, where people will be buying new notebooks for the holiday season, to order a full refresh of its Surface hardware device lineup.