Rumor: Microsoft will unveil a Kaby Lake refresh for Surface devices

Microsoft might be getting ready to drop Kaby Lake CPUs into its Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 devices, if a change to Amazon's listings is anything to go on. The company has an event set for October 26, where experts are expecting it to show off a Surface-branded All-In-One system alongside some news on where Windows 10 is headed. Windows Central spotted a change on Amazon that shows all listings for the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 now tagged with "(OLD VERSION)," and we wouldn't be surprised to see a refresh announced at the event.

It's important to note that these devices aren't expected to be called Surface Book 2 and Surface Pro 5. A source told Windows Central that Microsoft is talking about a Kaby Lake Surface Book that is otherwise identical to the current edition. A Kaby Lake upgrade would bring a small power boost and improved battery life to the device, and bring it up to current specs until Microsoft unveils a more substantial update.

Take this with a full-sized grain of salt at this point, but with Microsoft's event less than two weeks out, we'll know one way or the other soon.

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    • gmskking
    • 3 years ago

    Guess I will have to update all my Surface devices….oh wait.

    • kamikaziechameleon
    • 3 years ago

    The MS product line is only bad in so much as its hard to know when they are going to back a certain workflow or usage model. Just look at the death of their wearable.

    • SixIron
    • 3 years ago

    If this is true then it will become the SP4 rev1?

    I’ll believe it when I see the current SP4’s begin to get discounted or go on sale. They will have to do something to clear out the inventory of current gen devices.

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      They’ve been having massive sales for literally months. Huge discounts, especially for education.

        • SixIron
        • 3 years ago

        Really? They do the education discount every year. There is nothing about that tied to SP4 inventories. Right now at MS store they are offering $100 off ONE SP4 model, the 4 gig/128 gig/i5 model. Whoop de doo if that is huge.

    • ronch
    • 3 years ago

    I can’t believe world+dog updates their products to the latest chips every year or when a newfangled chippery comes out. /s

      • Shobai
      • 3 years ago

      If I understand the grumbling properly, there seems to be one fruity company with the courage not to do this

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      True. I hate new technology with it being all faster and more efficient. Who needs it! Not me, that’s who!

      • Kraaketaer
      • 3 years ago

      I don’t believe many (any?) people do this, but OTOH, if you’re in the marked for a new [insert computing device], it’d be kind of silly if it wasn’t based on the tech best suited for the job available at that time. For anything where battery life is a concern, the most power-efficient chips in a given performance bracket, for example.

      Laptop upgrade cycles for average consumers are 3-5 years. This doesn’t mean producers should only update their products every 3-5 years …

    • RoxasForTheWin
    • 3 years ago

    I’m still holding hope that they make new bases with updated GPUs for the surface book. I have the base model and would shell out some cash for something above what is pretty much a 940m

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    not much of a rumor. they’ve updated every year for the past 4 years. new cpu’s are out. would be a surprise if they didn’t update.

      • Kraaketaer
      • 3 years ago

      Technically, the direct replacement CPUs aren’t all out yet – the i7 SP4 has iris graphics, and there are no iris SKL parts yet.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    I’m kind of in the market for a notebook (though probably not until after the first of the year). I’m caught between Kaby Lake versions of the XPS13 and a theoretical Surface Pro. Kinda leaning towards the Dell, but we’ll see what Microsoft has in January.

      • JustAnEngineer
      • 3 years ago

      If you’re shopping the Dell XPS13, take a look at the Asus Zenbooks, while you’re at it.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Good idea. The X303 stores looks like a good competitor with more storage for less cash. How are the displays? I was looking at this guy

        [url<]https://m.newegg.com/Product/index?itemnumber=N82E16834232776[/url<]

          • JustAnEngineer
          • 3 years ago

          The 13.3″ 1080p IPS display on my older Zenbook is very good. Anything with smaller pixels than that requires me to wear reading glasses. 🙁

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            Well, I wear glasses all the time anyway. I’m sure I’ll have to bump any 13-15″ display up to 125% if it’s 1080p.

          • Kretschmer
          • 3 years ago

          If you’re price sensitive, I bought an XPS13 refurb off ebay for a discount. Amazing build quality and overall package.

      • weaktoss
      • 3 years ago

      I’ve had the Skylake XPS13 for almost a year now, and I’m a big fan. No complaints, would buy again.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        I keep reading that from everyone, which is why it’s on my list. Zenbooks have hinge issues from what I recall (cue Zenbook owner saying “mine is fine!”)

    • torquer
    • 3 years ago

    Its nice to see a Microsoft hardware product last more than 2 generations.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Surface Pro 4, Surface 3, third Xbox, heck even the Zune had three (plus the Mini) 😛

        • torquer
        • 3 years ago

        lol

        • WhatMeWorry
        • 3 years ago

        I completely forgot about the Zune. Mmmm… Brown.

          • Usacomp2k3
          • 3 years ago

          There were 4 generations to the Zune actually. 30GB brown, then the 80GB, then the small one’s, and then the Zune HD. (We owned at lest 1 device from all 4 generations)
          Actually 5 if you include the 2 Kin’s (We owned one of those too).

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            zune was a fantastic device. My 120GB still is in use today by my brother.

          • tipoo
          • 3 years ago

          Zune HD. What is dead may never die.

    • RedBearArmy
    • 3 years ago

    Looking at that pen i think they should integrate it with the base.
    And make it as useful as a wizards wand.

    Also, charging port on Surface Pro 3 i get to use is a Real Magnet for metalic dust; would be nice to have a normal USB-C port.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      If Wizards have the magic but the wand is just for focus, then how useful is it, really? As opposed to just using a carrot or a pencil, I mean.

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