Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) brought the Surface Pro 4 to the market in Oct. 2015 and we think that a refresh is long overdue. Hence, the tablet market will be looking forward to seeing the Surface Pro 5 in 2017. The firm has not provided us with much info on the possible specs of the Surface Pro 5. However, tech bloggers expect the device to debut with Intel’s much-awaited Kaby Lake chips.
Here’s what we know about Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5
The rumored Surface Phone is also expected to debut with the Kaby Lake chips; hence, Microsoft might dominate the tech news if it launches the Surface Pro 5 and the Surface Phone at about the same time. We are also hopeful that the Surface Pro 5 will come with a bigger internal storage space – 512 GB or 1TB of internal storage should suit the new chipsets. However, it is not clear if the firm will maintain its 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB RAM storage.
The stronger chipsets of the Surface Pro 5 however raises questions about its battery power because the Surface Pro 4 suffered some serious battery drain problems. Nonetheless, the Surface Pro 5 could maintain Microsoft’s lead in the tablet market if it debuts the Windows 10 Redstone 2 and if its supports USB Type-C.
Apple is preparing for war with iPad Pro 2
It is no longer news that Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has caught up with Apple in the table wars. In fact, the success of the Surface Pro line of tablets suggests that Microsoft has left Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) in the rearview mirror. However, Apple is coming back to the tablet market with a vengeance as it prepares to unveil the iPad 2 Pro in 2017. Apple unveiled its 12.9-inch iPad Pro in Sept 2015 and it launched the 9.7-inch iPad Pro this year.
Rumors suggest that Apple will refresh the iPad Pro In 2017 – in fact; you can expect three new iPads from the firm next year. The new iPad will come in three variants with a 9.7-inch screen, 12.9-inch screen, and a 10.5-inch screen. The devices will also sport the usual 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB, internal storage; however, we are hoping that Apple will knockout the 32GB model and replace it with a more spacious 512GB variant.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is however keen on bringing its new iPad to the market before Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 is ready. Microsoft is reportedly waiting for Kaby Lake chips before it ships the new Surface Pro in the second quarter of 2017. The rumor mill suggests that the new iPad Pro will debut in Q1 2017.
Can Google get a foothold in the tablet market?
Google came late to the mobile hardware party because it focused its efforts on building the Android OS and its apps. The launch of the Pixel phone however, shows that Google is now ready to throw its hat in the ring to fight for market share with its homebuilt devices. The mobile space is abuzz with rumors that Google might debut a Pixel 7 tablet device in 2017. The device will run stock Android 7.1 Nougat and show people the undiluted power of the Android OS on tablets.
Details of Pixel 7 are still sketchy. Yet, the device might sport a 7-inch Quad HD screen with a display resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. You can also expect it to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB Ram on 64GB of internal storage.