Speculation: SB3 will instead be Neo+ or Intel Honeycomb device?

Royal Tippetts

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While Neo itself is already on my must buy list for next year as my new mobile computing device, I also had to wonder at the lack of mentioned refresh for the Surface Book. I have to wonder however if it isn't a redundant device now. If Surface Connect ever gets dropped (didn't see it on Neo) I don't see why the Surface Book line couldn't be combined with the Surface Pro line as a fancy GPU keyboard as I've seen suggested elsewhere. That would free up the "Book" name for a device, like a larger version of Neo, that actually looks/acts like a book. I can already see Neo as a replacement for a tablet, a laptop, and potentially a phone since smartwatches and wireless headphones are pretty ubiquitous now. If they release a device with 12"+ screens I can see it replacing an all-in-one or desktop setup as well at least in a pinch. Even at it's current size, a good dock and a remote powerhouse (if needed) could make Neo all the devices you currently use.

As an alternative to this and as mentioned in the title, I wouldn't mind seeing a more Intel Honeycomb style device for SB3 either with or without the detachable screen. Thoughts or rebuttals?
 

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While Neo itself is already on my must buy list for next year as my new mobile computing device, I also had to wonder at the lack of mentioned refresh for the Surface Book. I have to wonder however if it isn't a redundant device now. If Surface Connect ever gets dropped (didn't see it on Neo) I don't see why the Surface Book line couldn't be combined with the Surface Pro line as a fancy GPU keyboard as I've seen suggested elsewhere. That would free up the "Book" name for a device, like a larger version of Neo, that actually looks/acts like a book. I can already see Neo as a replacement for a tablet, a laptop, and potentially a phone since smartwatches and wireless headphones are pretty ubiquitous now. If they release a device with 12"+ screens I can see it replacing an all-in-one or desktop setup as well at least in a pinch. Even at it's current size, a good dock and a remote powerhouse (if needed) could make Neo all the devices you currently use.

As an alternative to this and as mentioned in the title, I wouldn't mind seeing a more Intel Honeycomb style device for SB3 either with or with power out the detachable screen. Thoughts or rebuttals?
, could be yeah, the one of the main practical advantages the surface book has though is the good gpu (and mobile so not egpu/dock). I don't think Microsoft will be adding such a gpu anytime soon to a Neo-like device (even if it is bigger), it would be cool though (maybe even an instant buy for me).
 

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