A bomb of a Microsoft hardware leak has just gone down from an unlikely source: the last chapter in a non-fiction novel written by a technological journalist. " Under a surface ," The debut novel by Brad Sams of Thurrott.com fame available now in ebook format, has a lot of information about the future surface, the Xbox and even the long-rumored Andromeda .
Talked to anonymous sources familiar with Microsoft's plans, Sams learned about an entire hardware map plan for 2019 and 2020.
Specifically, Sams reports that next The Surface Pro tablet will finally get USB-C connection, as well as adopt smaller screens, rounded corners, and more new color choices by the end of 201
For the next Surface Laptop expect to see an RWD processor running Radeon Vega graphics around the same time as the new Surface Pro, according to Sams.
Meanwhile, the future Surface Book will not make it until 2020, says Sams sources, with a little more information than that. However, expect a newly upgraded Surface Studio all-in-one for launch in the same year that may be more common with Surface Hub whiteboards than previous Studio designs.
2019: The Year of Xbox and Andromeda?
Surface news aside, Sam's book also pours out information from sources about Xbox One's future roadmap, and a little more about the prolonged Andromeda device.
First, if Sams is right, you can rely on watching a duo of new Xbox One S consoles for 2019, especially a model that can be 100% digital – without disk drive. This at least confirms similar reports published earlier this month.
Finally, Sams claims that he has learned that Andromeda – the long-rumored dual-screen phone-like productivity device – could be in our hands by the end of 2019. Furthermore, we can expect the device to be larger than previous reports have suggested and be closer in function of a PC or laptop than a smartphone.
Of course, when asked for a comment by Geekwire a Microsoft spokesman simply said: "Nothing to share."
Sam's report-in-a-novel delivers a dump that is a source of rumor mill, which, according to his indication, Microsoft will have an explosive 2019 and 2020 in the hardware world.