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It looks like the Surface family is growing again and this time they’re going quite a bit bigger. No, not quite as the big as the original giant slab of a Microsoft Surface that was originally aimed for commercial applications like Las Vegas casinos. (Remember those?) Nope, what we might be getting next month is a new Surface AIO PC that’ll bring the Surface experience to a less portable desktop.

Both the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book were very well received when they were announced last fall and it looks like Microsoft wants to continue that positive trend with an all-in-one PC. The natural connection here is with Apple’s iMac, but of course several of Microsoft’s partners also offer Windows 10-powered all-in-one PCs too.

In the case of the Surface AIO PC, which is codenamed Cardinal, the current rumors are pointing toward three screen sizes. The 21-inch will be the smallest of the trio with a full HD resoution, while both the 24-inch and 27-inch versions should boast up to 4K resolutions. As is to be expected with these types of computers, several SKUs and configurations will be offered. This could also mark the debut of a consumer-oriented Surface Hub with 3D touch sensors, 10-point multi-touch, and a multi-user experience.

Given this, we probably won’t get the Surface Pro 5 or the Surface Book 2 until next spring, the announcements of which may coincide with the revealing of the oft-rumored Surface Phone too. In the meantime, Microsoft is going bigger. Would a Surface AIO PC be a good fit with your family? As the communal hub in the family room?


Via ZDNet

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