Microsoft is bound to release an upgrade to the ultra-premium Surface Pro 4 this Fall. The hybrid tablet came out nearly two years ago and a new version was widely expected to arrive back in October. While the last Windows Event held exciting reveals too, 2016 came and went without a beefed up Surface tablet. Microsoft hardware fans now look forward to 2017’s spring launch event as reports suggest the new Surface Pro 5 will finally be showcased then.
Microsoft Corporation remains a formidable software giant by all measures. When it comes to desktop-level operating systems and other platforms, not least the booming market of cloud-based services, the Windows maker continues to blaze far ahead of nearly every industry competitor. But Microsoft has a vision for the future of consumer and business hardware too. It embodies these ideas in devices like the Surface Book, Surface Pro and Surface Studio.
Surface Pro enters own league
The Surface Pro series has broken into a league of its own. Microsoft seeks to produce tablets which could ideally function as laptops when needed. This is only achieved to a certain extents, yet even now the capabilities and conveniences that are offered by the Surface Pro 4 bring consumers swarming toward the device range.
Looking at the latest Surface Pro 4, the device is compact and powerful enough for any reasonable PC task. Despite our best efforts, it fails to come across as a cheaply spliced 2-in-1 product either. The Pro 4 is sleek and poised yet covers of most PC uses. It also stand firmly at attention while using the foldout keyboard for laptop functions.
Reviewers clash the 2015 Surface Pro 4 against Apple Inc.’s mid-range MacBooks, often overlooking the iPads entirely. The latest edition is only a year and a half into its release, yet could lose momentum if a more relevant redesign fails to come along soon. Today, most premium gadget makers are dealing with the same setback. That is, there isn’t a lot of room to innovate at the top. There is essentially nothing new for out there for the next generation of gadgets.
Small wonder Microsoft released the Surface Book i5 and Surface Book i7 12 months apart. The two are effectively the same device with the latter housing a better processor. The same brick wall is clear with the likes of Apple, too. See if you can guess the difference between the high-end 2015 MacBook Pro and 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar?
Nothing Dramatic about Surface Pro 5
However, analysts are sure that Fall will see the Surface Pro 5 in the hands of consumers. There were outlets which claimed it could be expected as soon as March. Although, most sources 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 this 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. 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 Snapdragon 635 processors 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.
According to Paul Thurrot, the incoming incoming Surface Pro won’t be much of a redesign. Thurrot is a popular and reputable conveyor of Windows-focused development. In a tweet sent out this week, he speaks of a dull revamp, or so he is told. “Surface Pro 3 will not change the Surface Connect power connector, I was just told.” he wrote via Twitter. “Kaby Lake, Nothing dramatic.”