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Microsoft to ditch hinge gap on Surface Book, add 4K displays to Surface AIO PCs?

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With the Windows Anniversary Update out of the way, it seems Microsoft is focusing on bringing some hardware updates our way.

That is, according to Windows Central, which claims to have heard reports of refreshed Surface devices, namely the Surface Book and rumoured Surface AIO PCs.

The former will be receiving a couple of significant upgrades according to the site's sources. First, the Surface Book's fulcrum hinge, one design aspect that many were unhappy with when the original device launched, is being redesigned.

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Whereas the current hinge leaves a gap between display and keyboard when the laptop is closed, the new design is said to remove that gap completely – a small change, but one which should add a lot to the overall aesthetics.

Just how Microsoft intends to retain the tablet attachment functionality with this new design remains unclear, but we're excited to see, if this rumour is true, just how that pans out.

The other major change said to be coming to the Surface Book is the addition of an updated Kaby Lake processor. To be clear, Windows Central's report says Intel's Kaby Lake was not mentioned directly, but that 'updated internals' were – pointing to a processor upgrade for the device.

In terms of when these changes will make it to market, no specific date is given, although there has been some speculative talk about an Autumn announcement in New York City.

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Elsewhere, the report also addresses the as yet unannounced Surface All-In-One (AIO) PC, which is said to currently be in testing in three sizes: 21-inch, 24-inch, and 27-inch.

The 21-inch model is said to have a Full HD display, while the other two variants reportedly feature 4K screens.

As the report points out, it's unclear as to whether all these models will arrive in consumer versions, as it could be Microsoft is just testing a few alternatives.

Interestingly, the report contains no new information about the oft-rumoured Surface Pro 4 refresh.

And while there's no way to confirm all this information, we remain hopeful that the new Surface Book will arrive, gapless, very soon, and that the AIOs will appear in a similarly swift manner.

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Do you want to see a new Surface Book and AIO? Let us know in the comments.

Rob C

August 11, 2016, 8:23 pm

Isn't the Gap a good place to store a writing implement?

It's a conspiracy created by the AGS (Anti #Gapidge Society).

Kulti Vator

August 12, 2016, 1:05 pm

More interested in whether they've found ways to make the screen less weighty - made the Surface Book rather top heavy and topple-prone in laptop mode.

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