Microsoft?s next-gen tablet Surface Pro 5 is a highly anticipated device on the?list of eager tech enthusiasts. Surface Pro 5 failed to show up at Microsoft?s October event, where the Redmond tech giant instead unveiled the reSurface Book laptop and Surface Studio PC. However, hopes remain high for the two-in-one convertible laptop that is expected to debut sometime in 2017.
Though there far precious little in way of official details, however, internet?s rumor mill continue spinning, regarding the possible features and specifications for Surface Pro 5. Constant speculations have given us a pretty good idea on what to expect from the next-gen device:
Slimmer and Lighter Design
Every year even slimmer and sleeker devices continue rolling out. Much like Apple constantly thrives to makes its laptop and tablets much lighter, Microsoft too is expected to debut a rather lighter device. A new design factor for Surface Pro 5 is a must.
Rumors have it that Microsoft Surface Pro 5 can be expected to sport a 12.3-inch PixelSense screen coming in two display variants. A high-end Pro 5 with 4K Ultra HD resolution and as well a 2K resolution device are expected to hit markets.
The current Pro 4 already uses the latest and greatest sixth-generation ?Skylake? Intel processors. Surface Pro 5 series is expected to launch with Intel yet to be released Kaby Lake processors. Interestingly Intel is expected to ship the latest in line of processing chips in late 2016 to early 2017.
Reports have it that release of Kaby Lake is what delayed Pro 5 till now.The device is projected to house Kaby Lake in three models that are the Core i3-7300U, Core i5-7200U, and the Corei7-7500U.
In addition, Pro 5 is said to come loaded with at least 8GB or 16GB RAM in base models itself. Besides, also expected in the device is Graphics Card either of Nvidia or AMD, making it truly hybrid device capable of replacing regular PC.
Longer Battery Life
A high expectation among most Surface Pro tablet enthusiasts is a longer battery for next-gen hybrid tablet. Despite having a battery saving mode, Pro 4 turned out to quite a disappointment for customers. Microsoft promised 9 hours of video playback for their device, but in reality, it turned out to rather 5 hours. Enthusiasts want at least 7 hours or more of battery which is at least par with rival Apple?s iPad Pro.
Previous rumors have suggested everything from a June 2016, October 2016 to spring 2017 release date for the Surface Pro 5. However latest assertions are that Pro 5 will launch in early 2017. This seems the most reliable release timing till now.
The possible release of the Kaby Lake processors in end of 2016 along with the arrival of Windows 10 Redstone 2 OS in early 2017, points to Microsoft planning the device with its new powerful OS.