An all-new Surface Pro 5 will not appear at this month’s second Microsoft event. It is set to take place in Shanghai on the 23rd. The company’s device chief recently quelled our hopes for a new generation Surface Pro. However, this doesn’t mean MSFT will hold back on a tablet release all together. For the mildly disappointed yet deeply curious lovers of Microsoft hardware, this is what you can expect to see in China later this month.
The words projected out of Panos Panay’s mouth were “there is no such thing as a Pro 5”. He believes that a new generation device needs to offer more than mere hardware tweaks. The entire user experience ought to be different and, hopefully, better than before. In that regard, the Microsoft gadget chief admits that the Surface Pro lineup is not quiet there yet. Users should not expects a Surface Pro 5 any time soon.
Fans of Microsoft Corporation and its premium gadgets can’t get enough of the Surface line-up. The products effortlessly win people over and secure rave reviews across the board. Indeed, it is their 2-in-1 form factor which renders them such a catch. Buyers never need to look further than the Surface Book, Surface Studio and Surface Pro in order to find a device superior to conventional hardware.
Microsoft rules the 2-in-1 device space
“Three years ago, the 2-in1 as a form factor was questioned,” Nadella tells the AFR. The CEO recalled the backlash and caution the firm got from both MSFT rivals and aides “Does anybody need one? And now guess what? Even our competition has decided that it’s not a refrigerator and a toaster but it’s actually a 2-in-1.”
That they are, and the public is in store to get a few more in a little over a week. Not long after the company’s May 2 event, Panay tweeted “See you in Shanghai.” The device head included a Surface hashtag, affirming suspicions of more lineup additions.
The region needs players like Microsoft to reinforce their presence. Asia is overflowing with budding hardware rivals which can easily undercut the Windows maker in terms of price. Yet the likes of Microsoft hold a distinct advantage. That is, Chinese products are simply not known for their quality, not even in China. As such, foreign brands remain prestigious items. Microsoft need only re-excite the masses in order to push regional sales.
And that’s all we can look forward to really, exciting revamps with very little else. Consider the Surface Book, the company’s premium 2-in-1 laptop. It was released in 2015 as an Intel Core i5-powered device. Microsoft made huge splash by releasing the exact same device a year later. The 2016 edition housed a Core i7 processor with RAM and storage boosts to match.
Get ready for a tablet but no Surface Pro 5
Since it has been confirmed that a Pro 5 will not be seen for some time, Microsoft will probably launch another Surface Pro 4. The incoming edition could house a more powerful processor with better RAM and increased disc space.
According to Paul Thurrot, the next Surface tablet will not be major upgrade. The man is a trusted and reputable conveyor of Microsoft developments. In a tweet from a few weeks ago, Thurrot speaks of a dull revamp, or so he is told. “Surface Pro will not change the Surface Connect power connector, I was just told.” he announced on Twitter. “Kaby Lake, nothing dramatic.”
Let us know your thoughts on the incoming Surface event. What could Microdoft have up its sleeve? It might be a new Surface tablet or the widely talked about Surface Phone. However, could it be all-new gadget? Feel free to share your expectations below.