It has been more than a year and a half since Microsoft released an update to its Surface line of tablets, especially the Surface Pro. Last year, consumers only got a very lacklustre upgrade for the Surface Book by including the then current Skylake i7 chips. Now, it would seem that Microsoft is now on a slippery slope when it comes to the Surface Pro. Rumor has it that the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will only get a Kaby Lake processor upgrade, and that is it.
According to Paul Thurrott’s Twitter post, the Surface Pro 5 will not include any dramatic changes from the previous design. In fact, according to the post, Microsoft will only provide Kaby Lake processor support on the tablet. Furthermore, the post also mentioned that the Surface Pro 5 will retain the original power connector design, the Surface Connect.
Surface Pro 5 will not change the Surface Connect power connector, I was just told. Kaby Lake, nothing dramatic.
— Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) April 6, 2017
Unfortunately, apart from these claims, nothing much is said about the Surface Pro 5. Not even a slight mention of support for Thunderbolt 3.0. It is also quite uncertain if it will support a separate USB Type-C connector or not. However, there is a chance that this might not be the case since there are third-party adaptors that changes the Surface Connect to USB Type-C in the market now.
According to The Next Web, Microsoft is due to announce its next hardware event in the coming weeks. However, as reported previously, consumers should not expect a new Surface Pro tablet to come any time soon. The word is, not even the Surface Book nor the Surface Phone will get a 2017 release.
It is still unknown when exactly Microsoft will unveil the Surface Pro 5. Chances are, it will be well after the Redstone 3 release which is said to be sometime in the fall of 2017.
As with any rumor, this too should be taken with a grain of salt. Microsoft is yet to release an official statement about the Surface Pro 5 and its supposed release. For more updates on the Surface Pro 5, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.