Microsoft has issued invitations to an event in Shanghai, to be held on May 23rd.
This isn’t that unusual in and of itself: Microsoft, a global company with major consumer and enterprise businesses, holds press conferences and events all over the world on a regular basis. Except that this time, the invitation to the Shanghai event was posted to Instagram by Panos Panay, Microsoft’s hardware chief, with the hashtag “#Surface.”
To hammer it home, Microsoft confirms to the Verge that there will be new hardware at this event, making it a safe bet that we’re going to see some kind of new Surface device.
The safe money is on
a reveal of the Surface Pro 5 tablet — which is reportedly going to be a minor improvement over the current model.
But with such limited information, the mystery hardware could turn out to be anything: A new Surface Book, a refresh to the Surface Studio PC, or even, possibly, the long-rumored Surface Phone.
It’s odd to think that Microsoft would launch another new device so soon: just a few days ago, on May 2nd, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Laptop, a $999 competitor to the Apple MacBook. And yet, it’s shaping up that way.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4, pictured here, was first released in the Fall of 2015.