KitGuru Says: One of the most intriguing parts about the Surface Book for me was its initial two-in-one design but if the reported issues Microsoft faced with manufacturing were accurate, then the switch to a more traditional laptop makes flawless sense.
There are a couple of reasons given for this abrupt turnaround. Although the news site first reported accurately the planning of Microsoft's Surface Studio all-in-one PC and the shipment volume of the Surface Book a year ago, including the Surface Book device' limited demand, it is still worthwhile to review. The original Surface Book rocked a odd 3000x2000 resolution display, but I'm expecting MS to bump it up to a full 4K display on Surface Book 2. It will adopt a clamshell design instead of its traditional 2-in-1 and will have a cheaper starting price. The other thing Microsoft may do is lower the price of the Surface Book 2. Buy a discounted Surface or Surface Book, and pick up a freebie portable Samsung SSD while you're at it. Even its chassis is likely going to be composed of the same magnesium-aluminum alloy.
The shipment is expected to start as early as April, sources from the upstream supply chain claim.
As to why the change was made, Digitimes says the detachable screen design clashes with that of the Microsoft Surface Pro line, which can also be used as a tablet and a laptop.
Microsoft apparently sold 500,000 units of Surface Books a year ago. It is noted that recent price cutting of the existing lineup by Microsoft provides some firm background signs that a series refresh is coming in the not-too-distant future.
We are probably just a few weeks away from the release of Microsoft's upcoming Surface devices.
The original Surface Book was a unique entry into the portable computing space. The detachable design, meanwhile, is going to be discontinued as it created conflict with the Surface Pro family.
While it's certainly an interesting development if true, we won't know what Microsoft is actually doing here until Panos Panay steps unto a stage to introduce the all-new Surface Book with a clam shell and spells out their notebook game plan.
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