Last month, there were rumors that Microsoft was gearing up to launch a new desktop computer which is said to be an all-in-one (AIO) device. The desktop, which is said to come with the Surface branding, is expected to go head-to-head with Apple’s iMac. While the tech giant has yet to provide official details about the new product, it was reported that Microsoft is preparing to launch a Bluetooth-powered keyboard, which tech watchers are interpreting as an indication that the new computer is on its way.
According to BGR, German site WinFuture discovered a listing for a Surface Ergonomic Keyboard at the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The branding appears to indicate that Microsoft is making a Surface accessory especially for a desktop PC rather than a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop. An image for the keyboard is not available at the moment.
Rumors about the new device came to light when ZDNet reported that the company is going to have a fall hardware launch this month. Sources told the media outlet that the Surface-branded device is known as the Cardinal, and that it will be launched in late October.
The Surface Cardinal AIO is said to be running Windows 10 which may come in 21, 24, and 27-inch versions. The PC could possibly use the same Perceptive Pixel screen technology found in Surface Hub. While the website is unclear whether “Cardinal” is a codename or the actual name of the product, it was pointed out that Microsoft applied for a patent for an AIO modular PC in 2015, which was published in February 2016.
Apart from the release of the Surface Cardinal AIO, the Microsoft fall rollout is also expected to feature minor upgrades to some of the company’s current Surface devices. The launch day is said to have its own codename, “Project Rio.” As for the exact launch date, it was said that the Microsoft event will be on Oct. 26 and is predicted to take place in New York City.