This week, several reports have revealed exciting details about Microsoft’s rumored new hardware, including new Xbox consoles, HoloLens 2 and the much-anticipated Andromeda mobile device. We’ve also heard that a new Surface Pro 6 could be launching next year, and this follows a previous report from Bloomberg announcing that new 10-inch Surface tablets could be released later this year.
According to ZDNet reporter Mary Jo Foley, a “heavily redesigned” Surface Pro 6 won’t be ready until mid-2019, but Microsoft could be planning iterative updates for its Surface Pro and Surface Laptop later this Fall. Both devices have not been updated since their June 2017 launch, and they may be getting faster Intel 8th-gen processors. “I'm not sure if these will include USB-C ports (I'd think/hope so), but I believe they still will include the Surface Connect port,” Foley said.
The ZDNet report also says that we may not see a new Surface dock until late 2019. Interestingly, Microsoft could also be working on new Surface-branded headset to be released later this year or early next year.
So far, all the different reports we saw this week suggest that the Fall season should be a busy one for Microsoft, with new 10-inch Surface tablets, a minor update for Surface Pro and Surface Laptop, as well as the rumored Andromeda foldable device. A separate report from The Verge added today that HoloLens 2, which is expected to launch next year could also be officially announced this year. This would be consistent with what Microsoft did with its new Surface Hub 2, which was unveiled a couple of weeks ago but won’t ship until 2019.