Microsoft Surface Pro 5 tablet set to unveil in Q1 2017
After Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 tablet in 2015, Microsoft is said to be working on a newer version of its Surface Pro lineup named Surface Pro 5 tablet, is set to release in the first quarter of 2017. Microsoft’s Surface Pro series was designed keeping in mind that the tablet would plausibly replace laptops in the near future.
The new Microsoft Surface Pro 5 tablet 2 in 1 will sport a UHD 4K display with a magnetic charging stylus and Pegatron technology will manufacture the device.
Microsoft launched Surface Pro 4 in October 2015. At the launch, the new Surface hardware was limited to the new Surface Book i7 and the Surface Studio. Thus the expected release date of Surface Pro 5 is assumed to be in the spring of 2017.
The current Surface Pro 4 uses the latest 6th-gen SkyLake intel processor. At the end of 2016, intel confirmed that SkyLake’s successor ‘KabyLake’ would be launched.
The touchscreen stylus got a whole new update with the current model from Surface Pro 3’s plastic tether to Surface Pro 4’s magnetic attachment.
Microsoft demonstrated Windows 10 running on an ARM processor, indicating that the new Surface will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor instead of intel Kaby Lake chip. The advantage of having an ARM processor is long battery life and in addition of LTE for mobile connectivity.
Speaking of connections, it is rumored that we will potentially see Microsoft following Apple’s footsteps by adding a USB C port to the Surface Pro 5.
With the success of Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, the company updated its Surface lineup in October 2016 with the new Surface i7 featuring NVIDIA’s GTX 965 M GPU which has a 16-hour battery life. Microsoft Surface Book comes with 256GB, 512GB and 1TB storage options.
The company also announced its new Surface Studio desktop as the previous Surface Studio series devices were preferred over Apple’s new MacBook Pro 2016.