Microsoft is rumored to be working on a new all-in-one (AIO) Surface PC that will be released sometime this fall. Now, a new report is claiming that Microsoft will unveil the device at an event in New York City in late October.
Rumors of Microsoft’s AIO Surface PC first popped up back in July when an unnamed source confirmed development of the device to Windows Central. The original report claims that Microsoft is positioning the new Windows 10 machine for the living room which will come with “modern and elegant” design.
This Thursday, sources said that Microsoft will hold a fall hardware launch in late October where a new Surface-branded device is expected to be announced, according to Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet. The sources also said that the device will be able to turn a user’s desk into a studio. The new Surface device is currently called as the “Cardinal.” Foley speculates that this may be the new AIO Surface PC.
The only other thing that’s known about the upcoming device is that it may possibly come in two or three different screen sizes, ranging from 21-inches up to 27-inches. The Surface Cardinal may possibly be a consumer-friendly iteration of Microsoft’s Surface Hub, the interactive touchscreen-only Windows 10 PC that’s currently only available to businesses.
One of Foley’s contacts also said that the upcoming event may possibly be held on Oct. 26. The launch of the new device has also been given the codename Project Rio.
The upcoming event may also see Microsoft announcing minor refreshes for its existing devices such as the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. The refresh may simply be the addition of Intel’s newest Kaby Lake processors, as pointed out by PCWorld. As for the Surface Pro 5 and the Surface Book 2, Foley believes that those won’t be launched until sometime next year.