People have been looking forward to the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, but more than a year has passed since the Surface Pro 4 was released and we have seen neither hides nor hair of its successor. This has left many Microsoft fans wondering: when will the Surface Pro 5 be released?
The Redmond-based company has not made an official announcement about this, so it’s up to the rest of the tech world to make speculations. Some tech experts believe that the Surface Pro 5 will be unveiled during the #MicrosoftEDU event, which will take place in May 2, 9:30 A.M. ET at New York City. Others, meanwhile, think that Microsoft will simply give details about the tablet-laptop hybrid during the event, not actually launch it. There are also those who say that the Surface Pro 5 will be released in late spring, which means it might happen later this May or sometime in June.
The lack of information about the Surface Pro 5 is not only frustrating Microsoft fans ― it seems that it’s affecting company’s sales as well. The Redmond-based tech giant has reported a drop of 26 percent in its first-quarter sales of this year, which contrasts sharply with the sky-high sales that Microsoft enjoyed in the last quarter of 2016.
There are several factors that contribute to this, but some of the biggest are related to the Surface Pro 5. Some customers might not be buying a Microsoft device yet since they’re holding out for the release of the Surface Pro 5. Others, meanwhile, might have already switched to a different brand of laptop or tablet-laptop hybrid since they’ve gotten tired of waiting. Either way, it’s a sign that Microsoft needs to release the Surface Pro 5 ASAP or risk losing more customers and getting even lower sales.
Microsoft has not revealed any details about the Surface Pro 5, but some believe that there would be no dramatic changes to it and that it might look and function the same way as the Surface Pro 4. Korea Portal, for instance, points out that the only difference between the Surface Pro 5 and its older sibling might be the Intel Kaby Lake chips that the former is rumored to have. It will also reportedly retain the Surface Connect power adapter of the Surface Pro 4 instead of switching over to a USB-C port.