Mar 18, 2017 08:23 AM EDT
Microsoft's Surface Book is a detachable 2-in-1 that is certainly a laptop to start with, instead of a tablet with a floppy keyboard and kickstand. What's more, the sequel won't transform at all.A new report proposes the Surface Book 2 will ditch its convertible at once for a more customary and affordable design due this year.
As indicated by sources addressing DigiTimes, Microsoft's next Surface Book, which recently entered mass production, will "embrace a clamshell design rather than its traditional 2-in-1" form. The source hopes Microsoft will announce this notebook at some time between now and April.
The report says the move is being made due to the conflict between the Surface Book and the Surface Pro product line, the last of which isn't as convenient to use in one's lap. The other revealed explanation behind the move is to make the Surface Book more affordable, as this traditional laptop is anticipated to begin at around $1,000.
A great isn't precisely cheap, however, it's still lower than the first Surface Book (beginning at $1,499) and today's models (beginning at $1,299). DigiTimes doesn't have a sterling track record on rumors and leaks, so people need to take a look at this report with some reservations. Microsoft tearing a signature feature out of its flagship laptop doesn't make sense.
The other approach to reading this rumor is that this is only one of another Surface Books made plans for the release this year. The quotes in the DigiTimes article said that this new Surface Book will drop the 2-in-1 design, however, it doesn't disregard the possibility of this simply being the entry level model.