Microsoft Surface Book 2 release date rumors: delayed to 2017 amid design conflicts?

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It seems that fans of Microsoft’s foremost line of convertible laptops will have to wait for its sequel product as the Surface Book 2 might not be coming until next year due to some problems with the device’ design.

Previous rumors about Microsoft’s next iteration in the Surface Book family varied. Some rumors suggested that the device would be released either late this year or sometime in the next, while other rumors suggested that Microsoft could be planning for either an announcement in June or a full release in the same month.

For now, recent events point more towards the direction of a release next year as rumors suggest that Microsoft has pushed back the launch of the Surface Book 2 because of conflicts with the device’s design. If true, then the Surface Book 2 might be released alongside the next “Redstone” update for the Windows 10 operating system, which can also mean that the Surface Book 2 might include the new “Redstone” update built into the machine upon launch.

The specifics of the delay suggest that Microsoft pushed back the Surface Book 2 release because of the device’ intended new features not functioning properly. Previous reports and rumors indicated that Microsoft will fit the machines with 4K resolution display screens as well as the new Thunderbolt 3 universal serial bus (USB) interface.

Reportedly, trying to incorporate the Thunderbolt 3 and the higher resolution displays with the Surface Book 2’s other existing features is proving enough trouble that Microsoft might be reconsidering its approach, leading to the delay.

Released in October of last year, the original Surface Book functioned as one of Microsoft’s flagship devices. The original device ran on Intel’s new Skylake processors, which proved somewhat problematic when it came to the device’s power usage, and featured the “Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge” system that allowed the device to be convertible.

For the Surface Book 2, the device will reportedly run on Intel’s upcoming “Kaby Lake” processors, which backs up the 2017 delay rumor, and will feature an improved version of the “Dynamic Fulcrum Hinge.”