Surface Book 2 release date: Microsoft waiting for Intel's upcoming chip, resulting in delay of device


Microsoft’s introduction of the Surface Book last year has been lauded by a lot of tech buffs given its portability without compromising workload. Hence, it was no surprise when the company announced that the device will right away have its successor touted to drop this year.

Rumor has it that the multi-national company is looking to launch the second iteration of the Surface Book this coming June. This is in line with Apple supposedly also releasing the MacBook Pro 2016 speculated to be in WWDC in the same month.

While the debut device has been stable and efficient, some users are already looking forward to its successor given the bugs and software problems that the Surface Book has had since launching last October.

One of the most prominent ones is its power management problem. Industry analysts believe that the use of Skylake processor in the 2-in-1 device has had a great effect on its battery life. Since the issue has been made known to Microsoft, they have already tried fixing it, but it still took a little bit of time before they come up with a solution. It was only last month when they were able to figure out the sleep/wake up glitch which has been plaguing Surface Book for quite some time now.

It also looks as though that Microsoft’s fix in April is only a band-aid repair as they are also reportedly trying to tackle the issue on a bigger scale. Rumor has it that instead of utilizing Skylake processors, the tech company is looking to incorporate Intel’s upcoming processor dubbed as “Kaby Lake.”

The only caveat in this is that the chip will not see the light of day until the end of the year. If that is the case and Microsoft is pining for it, there is a chance that instead of rushing the Surface Book 2, they would rather wait for the “Kaby Lake” and push the device’s debut date next year instead.

On top of that, other rumored alteration that can be expected on the Surface Book 2 is an improved hinge which will no longer leave a gap when the device gets folded.