Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) was initially expected to reveal the Surface Pro 5 in October 2016. Even though the last Windows Event was far from disappointing, the convention only unveiled the new Surface Book i7 along with the all-new Surface Studio. This latter piece of tech is a stunning all-in-one PC with a magnificent display. The screen can be set at any angle convenient to the user and even be placed flat to be used as a digital drafting table. All this comes in addition to supporting revered Surface add-ons like the Surface Pen and the new Surface Dial. It is undeniable that last October uncovered some game-changing devices from Microsoft. However, a new Surface Pro was no where in sight.
Microsoft and its all-in-one tablet series have gathered a great deal of attention on their own. Beyond the growing discussions about the Surface Phone, the Surface Pro 5 is expected to drop within the next several months as well. Those who fell in love with Surface Pro 4 are simply eager to know what the U.S. tech company will cram into to its upgrade.
Microsoft is yet to make an official confirmation about the gadget. Fans are left with no choice but to indulge in a few rumors just to get an idea of the features the Surface Pro 5 will hold.
Microsoft seeks ideal moment
Analysts are adamant that Spring 2017 will see the Surface Pro 5 in the hands of consumers. There are outlets which claim the Pro 5 can be expected as soon as March. However, there is sufficient reason to anticipate its arrival later on during the year. Chief among these is the next major Windows update (dubbed the Creator’s Update), which only rolls out this Spring. This renders the annual October Windows event the most ideal moment to unleash new devices that can flaunt MIcrosoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) newest software adjustments.
The Surface Pro 5’s manufacturing contract has reportedly been given to Pegatron, the same company which builds the Surface Studio. The all-new Pro 5 promises to be all shades of convenience and innovation just like it predecessors.
Reports have chimed in claiming the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 635 chip. There are other analysts who insist that Intel’s new Kaby Lake chips will be instilled onto the device. Battery drainage is offered as the greatest reason to choose a Snapdragon 635 processor over the Kaby Lakes. Although the very reason for the Surface Pro series is to cram the best possible PC capacity into a tablet device. This would logically make the 7th gen Intel Core chips a better option. Even though both rumors are not at all far fetched, analysts seem to favor the latter chipset for the Pro 5.
Surface accessories and 4K
The Pro 5 is expected to come in 2K and 4K resolution variants. If this is true, the gadget will be among the most powerful and reputable 4K tablets to land on the market. Clearly Microsoft has major plans set for its range of Surface devices. With rumors surging across the web, the company’s fan base eagerly awaits official details about the widely anticipated Surface Pro 5.
It is expected that the Surface Pro 5 will support the Surface Pen. The Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) stylus is often bundled with the company’s tablets. The Pen is also said to be getting a few upgrades of its own. The likes of PC Advisor claim the Pro 5 will be able to cling onto the Surface Pen magnetically, just like with the Surface Studio. However, this time around the Pen will be rechargeable by the very same means. Though magnetic as well, the current Surface Pen is only powered by a single AAAA battery.
Consumers are finding new love for Microsoft and its Surface line-up. With all we saw so far, we can look forward to an excellent upgrade to the Surface Pro 4.