That's hardly a ground-breaking shift in design, given Microsoft finally added a USB-C port to its Surface Book 2, but it could open the hybrid tablet-come-laptop to more power and accessories such as external GPUs and multiple daisy-chained 4K external displays.
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Both reports also reference codenames for the previously reported upcoming Xbox and HoloLens sequels, known internally as "Scarlett" and Sydney, respectively. Those same reports have said that the tablet will be powered by an Intel processor, but Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 850 sounds like it would be a better fit running Windows 10 on ARM (at least with respect to battery life).
There's also a third device, Andromeda, that is allegedly being developed by the Surface team.
Reportedly envisioned as a "pocketable device to create a truly personal and versatile computing experience", the mysterious Andromeda is now scheduled for a 2018 launch, although nothing's set in stone just yet.
Microsoft could also be working on a cheaper Surface device aimed more at the entry-level marker, as Thurrott's Brad Sams noted that there's a device being worked on at Redmond going by the codename of "Libra".