Microsoft’s next Surface Book may not be a hybrid 2-in-1 device like its predecessors if a new DigiTimes report is to be believed. Instead, the company might just shift gears and transform the product into a standard non-detachable laptop.
There are a couple of reasons given for this abrupt turnaround. First of all, the hybrid design apparently created a conflict with Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet lineup. Secondly, the current Surface Book range’s premium price tag had reportedly limited demand from consumers.
These two factors appear to have resulted in Microsoft shipping just 500000 units of the Surface Book in 2016. It’s now planning on changing that by lowering the cost of the new laptop and adopting a clamshell design.
Insiders predict that the 2017 Surface Book will go for around $1000, much cheaper than the current one’s $1499 starting price tag. The former may stick to the same 13.5-inch display as its previous variants. Even its chassis is likely going to be composed of the same magnesium-aluminum alloy.
Upstream supply chain sources claim that the upcoming Surface Book just hit mass production. They think Microsoft’s going to announce the laptop by the end of March or April 2017. On a related note, the company recently slashed the cost of its existing range.
As a result, the 128GB Core i5 Surface Book is now selling at $1299, a $200 drop. The insiders believe that Microsoft’s rolled out the discount in the hopes of clearing its inventory ahead of the next Surface Book’s arrival.