October 26th is going to be a big day for Microsoft — the company is expected to introduce the Surface AIO, give us a sneak peak at the future of Windows 10, and much more at the event. However, the company won’t introduce some of its biggest upcoming products at the event. So here is what NOT to expect from Microsoft’s Windows 10 event:
Surface Pro 5 and Book 2
Microsoft will be introducing the Surface AIO at the event — however, don’t expect to see a new Surface Pro or a new Surface Book device at the event. The Surface Pro 4 and Book are only about a year old, so it would be a bit pointless to introduce major upgrades to the devices at the moment. Therefore, we will likely see the new Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2 arrive sometime in early 2017 alongside the release of Windows 10 Redstone 2.
Needless to say, we don’t really know what exactly Microsoft will have up its sleeves for the Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2. Microsoft will obviously pack Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors in these devices, and the design will likely get tweaked, too. Interestingly enough, Microsoft is allegedly dropping the hinge gap on the Surface Book 2 — which is something a lot of Surface Book users weren’t a fan of.
Microsoft Band 3
There has been a couple of rumors and leaks about the Microsoft Band 3 recently. Unfortunately though, there probably won’t be any new Microsoft Band devices introduced this year. A Microsoft spokesperson recently confirmed that the company has no plans to release another Band device this year, stating:
“We have sold through our existing Band 2 inventory and have no plans to release another Band device this year. We remain committed to supporting our Microsoft Band 2 customers through Microsoft Stores and our customer support channels and will continue to invest in the Microsoft Health platform, which is open to all hardware and apps partners across Windows, iOS, and Android devices.”
Microsoft Band 3 reportedly included a waterproof design, EKG sensor, as well as a thinner design. It is still unknown why Microsoft decided not to launch a new Band device this year, and we aren’t quite sure if there will be any other Band device next year.
There won’t be any Surface Phone at Microsoft’s Windows 10 event, and that is quite obvious. Microsoft is reportedly working on a Surface Phone, but the device may not see the light of the day until Spring 2017 or even 2018. Needless to mention, there aren’t any details on the Surface Phone’s hardware but we will likely start hearing about that sometime next year.
Do keep in mind that this may not be 100% accurate, Microsoft may surprise us just like they did last year with the Surface Book. We’ll be covering the event live from New York City, so make sure to keep an eye on the site this Wednesday!