According to a report published today, the rumored next-generation Surface Pro 6
tablet is codenamed "Carmel," and will be released in the middle of next year. The report goes on to say that the next version of the Windows 10 Pro
driven slate will be "heavily redesigned." There is talk that the next-generation Surface Pro model will be powered by the latest Intel processors and might include a USB-C port. This is based on the USB-C port that Microsoft placed on the Surface Book 2. However, many industry experts expect that Microsoft will continue with its proprietary Surface Connector, at least for one more Surface Pro release.
In addition, the low priced Surface tablets that Microsoft will reportedly produce to compete with the Apple iPad
, could be launched this Summer according to the same story. These models are said to carry a codename of "Lex" or "Libra." These tablets are expected to be priced at $400, and carry 10-inch displays and Intel processors. Battery life should run as long as 9.5 hours, and a Type-C USB port supposedly will be onboard these slates. They also will weigh 20% less than the current 5th-generation Surface Pro tablet.
Before the Surface Pro 6
and after the lower priced Surface Pro models greet the light of day, there is talk about a refresh version of the 5th-generation Surface Pro tablet. Rumors call for this model to be launched this fall, and feature Intel's 8th-generation processors under the hood.