Despite the all-in-one device’s failure to make an appearance last year, fans of Microsoft hardware still eagerly await the arrival of the Surface Pro 5. When Microsoft first pushed the Surface Pro series out onto the market, the American tech major had one goal in mind. That was, and still is, to produce a tablet that could ideally function as a laptop when needed. Numerous tech reports assure fans of the Pro 5’s arrival this year. Giving into the unyielding chatter, today LearnBonds wades into talks about the incoming Microsoft Surface Pro 5.
Admittedly, fans of Microsoft and its premium Surface tech were a little disappointed last year. Those who had their hearts set on a premium tablet upgrade looked forward to the Surface Pro 5’s arrival. But 2016 came and went without any addition to the Surface Pro series, leaving the 2015 Surface Pro 4 as the lineup’s leading device. There were however some memorable additions worth noting. The 2016 Windows Event revealed the more powerful Surface Book i7 along with the all-new Surface Studio Pro.
The Surface Studio continues with the ideals which have pushed the Surface range to the fore. It is a powerful, Windows-based and ultra-premium machine with a 27-inch touchscreen display that supports the Surface Pen and new Surface Dial. The display can even be leveled flat and used as a digital drafting desk. The gadget outperforms and outclasses its competitors in many ways. However, anyone expecting the Surface Studio to simply fly off the shelves should probably think again. After all, it is directed at anyone capable of forking out $3,000 for its beauty.
Microsoft Corporation is said to be knocking Apple Inc. off its long-held pedestal. The iPhone maker has had the creative PC market in the palm of its hand for years now. However, failure to innovate has many consumers looking elsewhere for relevant products. The Studio is said to be as striking product that could easily win the market’s attention.
“Either their brewing something up, or maybe it’s time for someone like Microsoft to start coming in and take some of their market.” That comment came from Nick Cronan. He is the founding partner of Branch Creative and was speaking aboutto Apple’s Macs losing to the competition. “Their long overdue to blow us away,” he said.
Microsoft seeks perfect moment for Surface Pro 5
There is certainly no shortage of Surface Pro 5 rumors surging through the web right now. Analysts are adamant that 2017 is the year the sleek, all-in-one, premium tablet will be released. Beyond that, talks about the gadget’s perfomance, price and date of release are also rife.
Analysts are sure that Fall will see the Surface Pro 5 in the hands of consumers. There are outlets that claim it can be expected as soon as March, but time is running out for that rumor. There is enough evidence to anticipate its arrival later on during the year. Chief among these is the next major Windows OS update (called the Creator’s Update). The patch will only be released this Fall and that would make the yearly Windows Event in October the most ideal moment to unleash new devices that can flaunt Microsoft’s newest software adjustments.
Reports have chimed in claiming the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 635 chip or AMD’s Ryzen. Other reports insist that Intel’s new Kaby Lake chips will be put into the device. Battery drainage is offered as the greatest reason to choose a Snapdragon 635 processor over the 7th gen Intel Core chips. 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 Kaby Lakes a better option. Even though both rumors are not at all far fetched, analysts seem to favor the latter chipset for the Pro 5.
Better add-on for Surface Pro 5
The Surface Pro 5 is expected to come in two display variants, 2K and 4K resolution. If this is the case, then the upcoming gadget will be among the most powerful and reputable 4K tablets to land on the market.
The Pro 5 is expected to support the Surface Pen. The stylus is often bundled with the company’s tablets. The Surface Pen will allegedly get some upgrades of its own. Sources claim the Pro 5 will be able to clutch onto the Pen magnetically. This feature would be much like the Surface Studio’s. Only this time around, the Surface 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. It cannot be charged by being placed on the side of Surface Studio display.
More Pro 5 features
USB Type-C came to the fore in recent years. The Surface Pro 4 was not out of place by providing a handy USB 3.0 port when it came out in October 2015. USB slotting adds entire dimensions of convenience to any tablet. Replacing the 3.0 with a Type-C is bound to make the Surface Pro 5 stand out though. It would also help the product stay relevant for a considerable time moving forward. Support for Thunderbolt 3 would be greatly appreciated, too.
The new year promises to advance Microsoft’s ultimate all-in-one tablet. The American tech giant now holds a greatly impressive range of gadgets which sets out to defy industry trends. Despite the way the Surface range turns away from the conventions set by other tech giants, it continues to rake in consumer appeal. All this is due to Microsoft’s fresh take on what consumer and business tech should ideally offer.
The Surface Pro 5’s manufacturing contract was reported handed to Pegatron. The very same company builds the new Surface Studio. The Pro 5 promises to be all shades of convenience and innovation just like it predecessors.
It is a pity that all the public has to go on so far are rumors and speculation. However, the Microsoft Surface range is yet to produced a disappointing piece of hardware. Judging from the allure of its existing products and what is being said about the upcoming Surface Pro, the tablet scene can look forward to a revolutionary addition on the next few months. For more of detailed Surface Pro 5 coverage, click here.