Just this Sunday, Microsoft took to Instagram to share what appears to be a zoomed-in photo of a laptop device’s hinge. Since the Redmond tech giant accompanied the snap with the caption: “Your key to success. #Microsoft #Surface #DoGreatThings,” many technology-focused websites that stumbled upon the photo quickly took it as a teaser for the Surface Book successor.
Windows Central — one of the first sites to report about Microsoft’s post — wrote that the photo sports a Surface design that is very different from that of the current Surface Book. The site’s editor-in-chief, Daniel Rubino, even went as far as vouching for the authenticity of the snap as a teaser for the Surface Book 2 by stating that he has seen the video where the image was taken from being played within Microsoft’s various departments.
Rubino also stated that Microsoft is now purposefully teasing the refresh of the Surface Book starting with the new image. In addition, Windows Central’s chief editor noted that the device in the Instagram snap is black because Microsoft tends to make internal protoypes in black or in dark metal colors.
Phone Arena also picked up the Instagram post and reported about it being a snap that showcases the new hinge design of the unannounced Surface Book 2. However, the mostly phone-centric news and review site indicated that this hinge design could be changed any moment before the official launch of the device.
Unfortunately, it was found out that the post was not at all a teaser for the Surface Book 2 after a Twitter user (@RudyHuyn) pointed out to The Verge and Windows Central via the social network that the image was actually that of the original Surface Book and not of the rumored new hinge system for the Surface Book 2.
The Verge, which ran a similar story to the ones by Windows Central and Phone Arena, already updated its report to explain that the purported Surface Book 2 teaser was not at all a teaser for the new Surface Book device.
Surface Book 2 is the predecessor of the 2-in-1 Surface Book that was released in October 2015. It is rumored to come with the next-generation Kaby Lake processor, and it is reportedly arriving in early 2017, according to TechRadar.