The Surface Pro 5 was supposed to launch – according to speculation – together with the Windows 10 Creators Update. Since only the latter was officially launched, it can be said for certain that Microsoft’s new version of the laptop/tablet hybrid will launch at a later date.
An article on CNBC argued that Microsoft needs to release the Surface Pro 5 soon. The arguments for doing so included low sales for the Surface series and the already dated Surface Pro 4, which was released in 2015 (a dinosaur by today’s standards).
The good news is that there is speculation – again – that Microsoft intends to unveil the new Surface Pro during the #MicrosoftEDU event scheduled for May 2, 2017. However, the forthcoming event in New York will focus on the Windows 10 Cloud, but there is hope of even just a mere mention of new hardware.
Since the press event in New York will center on Windows 10 Cloud, there is another speculation that a version of Surface Pro 5 will be running it.
Surface Pro 5 Rumored Specs
In January 2016, Microsoft filed a patent for a rechargeable stylus. The company’s Surface tablets already come with a stylus so it would be intriguing to see if they bundle a new version with a rechargeable Surface Pen.
Microsoft also filed a patent for a Surface Pen loop which allows the stylus to be attached to the USB for continuous charging.
The Surface Dial is one of the best things Microsoft has released in years and it really helps artists who use Surface tablets for their work. The accessory is expected to have some connection with the Surface 5 Pro.
Microsoft’s voice assistant Cortana might be part of the new Surface tablet. There are rumors that Windows Hello, which allows users to access their devices with just a look or touch, will be bundled with the latest Surface as well.
One of the most solid pieces of information that have been revealed about the Surface pro 5 is that it will feature the 7th-generation Kaby Lake processor. Then again, this isn’t surprising as a number of Microsoft’s competitors have already made use of the technology.
Even more important than the internal components of the Surface Pro 5 are the features it should provide. Each new model is an improvement over its predecessor and that should be the case with this one as well. Battery life is obviously one of the areas where Microsoft could improve – the Surface Pro 4 couldn’t exactly deliver on a promised 9-hour video playback.
Surface Pro 5 Rumored Release Date
The Surface Pro 5 was initially rumored to be released in early spring of 2017. It’s technically not summer yet but the days of spring are slowly dwindling. Basically, people have to pay close attention to whatever news comes out of the #MicrosoftEDU event to see whether or not the Surface Pro 5 will be making an appearance.
Although there has been no official confirmed launch date of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5, it has already been compared to the XPS 15 of Dell.