With the exception of a few unpopular tablets, all of the Microsoft Surface devices to date are powered by Intel processors. But what could change next year.
Brad Sams has just released a book about the history and future of Microsoft's surface products and, among others, it includes some tidbits about Microsoft's Roadmap for the next year or so.
Sams says that including an updated Surface Studio in 2020, and a refreshing Surface Laptop that is worth about a year ago – and at least some models may have AMD chips rather than Intel processors.
It is unclear if this device Microsoft plans to go all-in on AMD, but the company apparently was unhappy with how long it took Intel to make the move from 14 Nm to 10 Nm.
AMD is currently working on 7 nm chips and it's possible that the upcoming Surface Laptop can be based on the next 2 architecture.
Sams says the updated Surface Studio set to launch in 2020 may be a modular computer system, such as the upcoming Surface Hub 2. Instead of upgrading to a completely new Surface Studio, when the processor, memory, or other features begin to feel dated, you can pop Check out an old module and replace it with something new while continuing to use the same display, pen and other accessories.
Other Details / Sams's Programs are:
- A new Surface Book with Slimmer Bezels and USB-C support comes in Q4, 2019.
- Microsoft "Andromeda" dual-screen device will look similar to Intel's "Tiger Rapids" prototypes and may ship in Q4, 2019 … if it is ready by then.
- There's some other kind of new "ambient" device in the work that can be a smartphone companion that Sams says "Can help with text input and navigation."