Fewer gadget makers can keep up with the allure of the Surface lineup. Microsoft has risen to the top of the hybrid space with its premium 2-in-1 gadgets. Right now, the company’s Surface Pros, Surface Books and Surface Studio are without equal, blazing far ahead of their market rivals. Fans of Microsoft hardware are keeping an eye out for Surface Pro 5 updates. An upgrade to the 2015 Surface Pro 4 was initially expected to land last year, yet Microsoft saw it best to wait another year.
Why the extended delay? The company needed to wait for the latest in Intel processors to land this year, according to sources. Beyond that, a game-changing update to the Windows 10 platform is also in the works for 2017, and what better way to show off the newly beefed up OS than with a few attractive upgrades to the popular Surface series?
As we once again edge closer to the annual Windows Event, looking at what can be expected from the new Surface Pro seems in order. However, recent reports are dashing hopes or a groundbreaking revamp. If the emerging rumors are true, Surface lovers need only look forward to changes to the gadget’s software and processor.
Sources have been chiming in about the Surface Pro 5 for some time now. Online reports relay more speculation than actual facts, although credible tech source rarely miss their mark when it comes to the development Microsoft’s hardware. Leaks regarding the latest addition to the Surface range, the ultra-premium Surface Studio, came months ahead of the PC’s official unveiling. Better yet, the rumors building up to its launch proved right on the money.
Microsoft Surface holds nothing back
The Microsoft Surface Studio is only half a year into its release. Despite this, the brilliant, all-in-one PC is already beating some analyst expectations. Microsoft’s trend-defiant approach to consumer technology is clearly paying off. It sets the U.S. software major’s products aside with distinct and refreshing features that eclipse conventional hardware. The Studio should ideally be recognized in a class of its own even though this large, vibrant, touchscreen machinedisplay is said to be up against Apple Inc.’s iMacs.
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. Studio supports the Surface Pen and new Surface Dial as well. The latter device adds new dimensions PC use that wouldn’t go unappreciated on the Surface Pro line-up either. The Studio’s attached display can even be leveled flat and used as a digital drafting desk, leaving rivals like Apple with a lot of pressure to impress. In many ways the device outperforms and outclasses all its competitors, and all this was foretold long before Microsoft showcased it.
Surface Pro 5 holds onto shape
We can only hope for the same prediction accuracy as we indulge in talks about the Surface Pro 5. Tablet consumers anticipated a revolutionary follow-up to the 2015 release, but now things don’t look too exciting. If online reports are anything to go by, then Pro fans need only look forward to a more powerful processor, more bundled packages and the adoption of more relevant ports.
Reports have been chiming in claiming the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 635 chip. Others insist that Intel’s new Kaby Lake chips will be put into the device. Battery drainage is offered as the greatest reason to choose Snapdragon 635 processors over the 7th gen Intel Core chips. Although the idea behind the Surface Pro series is to cram the best possible PC capacity into a tablet device. This ideally renders the Kaby Lakes as the better option. Even though both rumors are not at all far fetched, analysts seem to favor the latter chipset for the Pro 5.
According to Paul Thurrot, the incoming incoming Surface won’t be much of a redesign. Thurrot is a popular and reputable conveyor of Windows-focused developments. In a tweet sent out this week, he speaks of a dull revamp, or so he is told. “Surface Pro 5 will not change the Surface Connect power connector, I was just told.” he wrote via Twitter. “Kaby Lake, nothing dramatic.”
Microsoft adds better add-on
Although far-fetched, the Surface Pro 5 is reported by some to come in two display variants, 2K and 4K resolution. If this is the case, the upcoming gadget will undeniably be among the most powerful and reputable 4K tablets to land on the market.
USB Type-C came to the fore in recent years, too. 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 whole 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 Surface Pro 5 is bound to keep it 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 as well. 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.
Microsoft breaks the mold
The American tech giant now holds a greatly impressive range of gadgets which sets out to defy industry trends. Despite the divergent nature of the Surface lineup, it continues to draw consumer appeal. All this is due to Microsoft’s fresh take on what consumer and business tech should ideally offer.
“We don’t want to be driven buy just envy of what others have,” admits CEO Satya Nadella. “What can we bring? That’s where I look at any device form factor or any technology, even AI.”
The Surface Pro 5 is expected to take over from where the Pro 4 left off in terms of pricing. Only this time around Microsoft is expected to place a lot of effort into pushing the gadget’s 2-in-1 form factor. The very reason for the Surface Pro series is to provide a tablet that can ideally work as a laptop when needed. However, the convenience of the gadget’s laptop function comes with the add-on keyboard, which has to be purchased as a separate add-on. Microsoft is expected to offer cheaper bundled Surface Pro 5 packages. Fans can be on the look out for those when the gadget arrives, closer to fall.