Microsoft did not have such an impressive 2016 when it comes to the hardware market, but 2017 is set to be an enormous year for the Windows 10 maker.
There were high expectations that 2016 will witness the launch of a new Microsoft Surface Phone alongside a new Surface Pro 5 hybrid PC, but this did not materialize. Instead, the company came in with a Surface Book during its Windows event that was held a few weeks ago. According to reports, the main reason why the Surface Pro 5 did not materialize is because the tech giant is holding off for the release of the next-gen Intel processor, the Kaby Lake, which should mean the device will be ready in 2017.
With nothing major coming out since the launch of the Windows 10-powered Lumia phones, rumors started brewing up with claims that a new Microsoft Surface Phone is coming, but even if this is true, it will have to wait until next year, according to the latest reports.
Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was launched over a year ago and it is natural that fans of the device are looking out for a replacement unit. Apparently, experts are adamant that the successor to this device, the Surface Pro 5, will be released alongside the next major Windows 10 update – Redstone 2. This same year will also see the launch of a new Surface Book 2-in-1, which experts call the “ultimate laptop” of 2017. Like the Surface Pro 5, the Surface Book 2 is expected to be launched in early 2017 to coincide with the release of Redstone 2.
As for the Microsoft Surface Phone, it is possible that the wait could be a little longer, especially since the tech giant has been vocal about how future Windows 10 updates will focus more on the mobile world. If this is the case, we might see the phone making its debut with Redstone 3, probably in the second half of 2017.
It is rumored that the new Surface Phone will be a flagship handset with a 5.7-inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 835 SoC and carry a RAM of 6GB, with some cases reporting up to 8GB RAM and 500GB storage. The base model, however, should come with 4GB RAM and 32GB of storage alongside the same flagship Qualcomm chipset.
Keep in mind that these reports are based on rumors and as such, you should take them with a pinch of salt. Nonetheless, it will definitely be a busy year for Microsoft – more than it has been in 2016 – as far as the hardware division is concerned.