Sams says that includes an updated Surface Studio in 2020, and a refreshed Surface Laptop which is due to launch about a year from now — and at least some models may feature AMD chips rather than Intel processors.
It’s unclear if that means Microsoft plans to go all-in on AMD, but the company has apparently been unhappy with how long it’s taken Intel to make the move from 14nm to 10nm.
AMD, meanwhile, is already working on 7nm chips and it’s possible the upcoming Surface Laptop could feature based on the upcoming Zen 2 architecture.
Sams says the updated Surface Studio set to launch in 2020 may be a modular computer system, like the upcoming Surface Hub 2. Instead of upgrading to an entirely new Surface Studio when the processor, memory, or other specs start to feel dated, you’d be able to pop out an old module and replace it with something newer while continuing to use the same display, pen, and other accessories.
Other details/predictions from Sams include:
- A new Surface Book with slimmer bezels and USB-C support is coming in Q4, 2019.
- Microsoft’s “Andromeda” dual-screen device will look similar to Intel’s “Tiger Rapids” prototypes and could ship in Q4, 2019… if it’s ready by then.
- There’s some other sort of new “ambient” device in the works that could be a smartphone companion that Sams says “may help with text input and navigation.”