Microsoft’s Surface Book took everyone aback when it was announced, and its detachable display which transformed the notebook computer into a tablet was the main source of excitement for those who took to the device.

Now, with the Surface Book 2 being rumored, a new report suggests that this particular feature may not be part of the new device, making the Surface Book 2 a clamshell device only.

The report comes courtesy of the notoriously inconsistent DigiTimes, with the outlet reporting that the Surface Book 2 has already entered mass production and may even be announced in the coming weeks.

Rumors of the Surface Book’s 2016 successor have been rife throughout the past few months months, but this is without doubt the most concrete lead we have had yet as to what the new device will be.

While DigiTimes has a track record that is spotty to say the least, this is the same outlet which correctly outed the Surface Studio before Microsoft officially announced it last year, so there is certainly form which suggests that there may be something to this latest report. If that report is accurate then the Surface Book 2 will start at $1,000 which is lower than its predecessor thanks in part to that change in form factor.

The feeling is that the Surface Book could have sold more than the 500,000 units Microsoft managed to move last year if it was not for the detachable screen design which left some people cold. Conversely however, some people were big fans of the move and they look set to be disappointed when the Surface Book 2 is finally announced, whenever that may be.

Microsoft refreshed the Surface Book this past October, but the Surface Book 2 is set to be the big redesign that we have come to expect from version 2 hardware these days. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more information if it becomes available before Microsoft announces this thing officially.

(source: DigiTimes)

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