Microsoft plans to release a monitor-only version of Surface Studio by 2020. "Microsoft will finally deliver a Surface Monitor in the 2020 timeframe," argues Brad Sams in Under A Surface A New Book Describing the story of Microsoft's Surface efforts. While you might expect a regular PC screen, True Surface style will have its own unique twist. Microsoft will eventually switch to a modular design, something that Surface Chief Panos Panay recalled in an interview with The Verge recently.
Sam's book reveals the struggles Microsoft has had with Surface hardware, from the days of a $ 900 million Surface RT write-down to being a billion dollar business for the company. All eyes are now in 201
Microsoft also plans to have a surface-marked surrounding data processing device. This could be hardware that brings Cortana to an office or home environment. Microsoft demonstrated a wild futuristic meeting room earlier this year with prototype hardware designed to automate meetings. A new type of Surface hardware will compliment Microsoft's transition to audio with Surface headphones.
Sams also suggests a growing frustration between Microsoft and Intel. Like other PC manufacturers, Microsoft is waiting for Intel to finally send its 10nm processors. Intel's new chips will be launched in 2019, despite rumors they have been canceled. Microsoft may look at AMD as an option, as Sams notes an AMD-based laptop, could be released late in 2019. Microsoft is considering using AMD Picasso chips.
If Microsoft moves to AMD chips, this will be a major warning sign for Intel. Intel convinced Microsoft not to choose ARM for Surface Go, and it now faces strong competition from AMD for desktops and laptops. 2019 is going to be an interesting year for Surface and Intel.