Microsoft is expected to release a new iteration of its hybrid device, the Surface Book, late this year. The company has not yet announced details about the Surface Book 2 or confirmed its existence but the laptop is already plagued with rumors.
Initially, it was suggested by media outlets that the Surface Book 2 would be introduced this year, but now, recent reports claim that fans will likely see the Surface Book 2 next year.
The Redmond-based technology giant is expected to focus on fixing the design issues faced by the Surface Book which have reportedly caused the delay of the release of the successor.
The original Surface Book may have impressive specs but users faced some issues when it came to design, particularly involving the "Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge." As Tech Radar reported, users discovered that a gap appears when the laptop is closed. Microsoft will need to improve this design in the upcoming Surface Book 2.
Besides design, there are reports that Microsoft will release this hybrid laptop just in time for the arrival of the new Windows OS update, Redstone 2, which is expected sometime in Spring 2017.
While technology enthusiasts are still waiting for the official confirmation from Microsoft, rumors about the Surface Book 2's specs are making the rounds. The next hybrid iteration is expected to top the specs of its predecessor. Although it's likely that the upcoming model will sport a similar display size as the original Surface Book 2, rumor has it that the latter will have 4K screen resolution and this is possible with the help of its processor, also rumored to be the Kaby Lake processor from Intel.
The Surface Book 2 is also expected to have improved battery life which allows up to eight hours of usage. Other rumored features include two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port, an SD card reader slot and Thunderbolt 3 for faster data transfers.