The fifth addition to Microsoft’s Surface Pro line of products hasn’t been released yet, but it’s already one of the most talked about devices of today. The bad news is that Microsoft has not released any details about the Surface Pro 5, so we don’t know much anything about it — officially, at least.
The good news is that many tech experts, including renowned tipsters with good track records, have shared what they know and what they expect from the Surface Pro 5. Here are some of the details that we’ve gathered from them.
Well-known Microsoft tipster stated that the Surface Pro 5 might arrive in Spring 2017. Because of this, everyone expected Microsoft to unveil the 2-in-1 hybrid during its #MicrosoftEDU event in May 2 at New York City. This didn’t pan out, though; the Redmond-based tech giant did reveal new hardware, but it was the new Surface Laptop, not the Surface Pro 5.
However, Microsoft fans should not lose hope. The company is having another event in May 23, and this time it will be held in Shanghai. Microsoft didn’t reveal what the event was all about, but it told The Verge that people should expect new hardware. This could mean that the Surface Pro 5 would be launched during this event.
As though to confirm this analysis, Microsoft VP of devices Panos Panay tweeted “See you in Shanghai. May 23” with the hashtag #Surface. It seems likely that the hashtag is referring to the Surface Pro 5, although there’s always the chance that the company will unveil a completely different Surface device.
Most tech experts believe that the Surface Pro 5 will come with Intel Kaby Lake processors, which were released in 2016 and have proven themselves to be faster and more powerful than the older Skylake chips. However, there are those who believe that Microsoft’s latest 2-in-1 hybrid will come with Intel Cannonlake processors. These will be built using the newest 10 nm architecture and are expected to have faster processing speeds and lower power consumption than Kaby Lake.
This sounds like good news especially to those who want to do intensive tasks on the Surface Pro 5. The only problem is that Cannonlake chips are expected to be released in the middle of 2017. So, if Microsoft does decide to use these processors instead of Kaby Lake, the Surface Pro 5 might be released in the later part of the year or perhaps even in 2018.
Patently Mobile had reported that Microsoft had applied for patents for a rechargeable stylus and an improved Surface Pen loop. If these technologies have already been developed, it could mean that the Surface Pro 5 will come with a rechargeable Surface Pen that could be attached to the device using a USB connection (which would charge the pen at the same time).
These are just some of the interesting details about the Surface Pro 5. Read this post to get more info about Microsoft’s much-awaited 2-in-1 hybrid device!