Microsoft’s October event have always been about Surface Pro and last year, Microsoft surprised everyone with its Surface Book. It seems, Microsoft is just not announcing a new Surface Book or Surface Book at its October hardware launch this year. Microsoft could simply refresh the Surface Pro and Surface Book lineup with new and faster processors, reports ZDNet.
The report further confirms that Microsoft is working on new Windows 10-based all-in-one PC codenamed Cardinal. Microsoft’s Cardinal is being dubbed as consumer friendly version of Surface Hub. According to Windows Central, the new Surface all-in-one PCs will use Perceptive Pixel screen technology, which is at the core of Surface Hub. Further, ZDNet adds, the new Surface all-in-one PCs could launch in 21 or 24 or 27-inch displays.
Microsoft is neither confirming the event nor sharing any specifics on the upcoming launch. Microsoft is also reported to showcase partner devices at its October hardware launch. With Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book 2 out of the equation, Microsoft would be pinning hopes on partner devices while refueling life in all-in-one PC.
ZDNet reports the event is codenamed Project Rio and will take place in the last week of October, likely October 26. The event is expected to take place in New York like last year.
Microsoft has turned extremely ambitious with its hardware business post the success with Surface Book and Surface Pro 4. With tough battle happening with Sony in the console gaming space, Microsoft would like to boost its fortunes in the PC space.