The number of tech companies that are expected to release mind-boggling gadgets this year is great. To say which of these we are most excited about would be a tough call. However, Microsoft Corporation and the likely additions to its Surface range would rank somewhere at the top. Talks about the widely anticipated Surface Phone continue to run wild across news outlets. The alleged, upcoming device will offer superior processing with all the conveniences of a mobile phone. Next is the more certain Surface Pro 5, an all-in-one tablet which is set to redefine its market.
Today, LearnBonds takes at look at the Surface series’ incoming gadgets. It should however be noted that all anyone has to go on right now are rumors and vague assurances from Microsoft executives. Our discussion aims to sift some fact from the fiction. Although any talk of the Surface Phone or Surface Pro 5 should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism. That being said, let us take a look at what could lie ahead for Microsoft’s Surface products.
Speaking to AFR, CEO Satya Nadella tells the news outlet that MSFT is staying in the smartphone scene. “We will continue to be in the phone market,” he said. “Not as defined by today’s market leaders, but by what it is that we can uniquely do in what is the most ultimate mobile device. We don’t want to be driven buy just envy of what others have. What can we bring? That’s where I look at any device form factor or any technology, even AI.”
Microsoft Surface Phone
Microsoft is yet to say anything about the Surface Phone. Even though the company has not formally mentioned a smartphone joining the ranks of its Surface lineup, Nadella put rumors about his firm leaving the smartphone space to rest back in November. His company will continue to forge deeper into smartphones and other device segments. Though this time around, Microsoft promises to incorporate its own unique take on hardware.
Speculation hints at the Surface Phone being a unique, multi-use device with desktop-level processing. It could revive the QWERTY keyboard or make use of a foldout pad similar to the Surface Pro lineup. It is bound to be a Windows Phone as well. Microsoft is under a lot of pressure to amplify the appeal of the Windows 10 platform on mobile. The HP Elite x3 is said to be a big hint at where Microsoft plans to take Windows Phones. HP’s device is a Windows phone, too. It serves as a perfect example of a smartphone with PC-like capacity.
Sure developments on Microsoft Surface Phone?
Our coverage of the Surface Phone has led us to a number of really cool, if not far-fetched, speculations. A recent patent, for instance, has many people expecting a phone with an expandable display. Another set of reports insist the Surface Phone is but a mild deviation from the Lumia smartphones. Feel free to click here for more of our Surface Phone-related news.
People who are interested in saving up for the gadget can expect it range between $699 and $1,100 dollars. There are even reports of it being much higher than that. Looking at more recent Surface items like the Studio, Microsoft clearly has no problem putting a premium price tag on its innovative device. For now, we look forward to seeing how far from the truth the Surface Phone rumors are. o
Microsoft Surface Pro 5
The rumors about this year’s Surface Pro 5 and its capabilities are rife as well. In fact, it was widely expected to launch last October. The 2016 Windows Event had Microsoft release the new Surface Studio and Surface Book i7. The Surface Pro products could be in danger of losing relevance if an upgrade does not come along soon. It has been nearly two year’s since the Surface Pro 4’s release. Here is what the Surface needs to surge in the tablet space.
The goal for the Microsoft Surface Pro range is to provide a tablets that could ideally function as laptops. This is achieved to a degree, and proved enough to send consumers swarming to the devices. Looking at the latest Surface Pro 4, the device is compact and powerful enough for any reasonable PC task. Also, in spite of our best efforts, the gadget fails to come off as a cheaply spliced 2-in-1 product. Instead the Surface Pro 4 always seems to stand at attention while using the foldout keyboard for laptop functions. It is also apparent that Microsoft infused style into its poised, sleek design.
The Surface Pro 5 should continue its support for the Surface Pen. The Microsoft stylus is often bundled with the company’s tablets. The Pen is said to be getting a few upgrades of its own. Analysts expect the Surface Pro 5 will cling onto the Surface Pen magnetically, as seen with the Surface Studio. 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.
Rumors to consider
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. Simple USB slotting adds wondrous dimensions of convenience to any tablet. However, replacing the 3.0 with a Type-C is bound to make the Surface Pro 5 stand out and stay relevant for a considerable time moving forward. Support for Thunderbolt 3 would be greatly appreciated, too.
More power, less size
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 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.
Analysts seem broken over when the new all-in-one tablet could be released this year. Numerous experts anticipate that the Surface Pro 5 will roll out by the end of March. Many others insist Microsoft will hold off until the 2017 Christmas quarter before launching the tablet.
Microsoft clearly has major expectations set out for its next Surface Pro. We are yet to find out how close the rumors are from the truth.