It is quite obvious that Microsoft has been lacking when it comes to tablet offerings lately. For more than a year, the Redmond company has not released an update for its Surface Pro line of tablets. This delay only makes Surface Pro fans more impatient. In fact, many now have reasons to believe that the Surface Pro 5 might not happen at all. However, recent events suggest that Microsoft maybe planning something of a surprise for the Surface Pro 5.
By now, anyone would know that Microsoft has been working closely with Qualcomm. Qualcomm has provided Microsoft with a Snapdragon 820-based engineering device it can use to port the Windows 10. Only recently, it was reported that, coming from Qualcomm, a Snapdragon-based Windows 10 device will be released later this year.
This news now begs to answer the question, “is Microsoft releasing a Snapdragon-powered Surface Pro 5?” Unfortunately, nobody can answer that now apart from Microsoft.
ARM-powered Surface Pro 5
This idea actually makes sense. Every year, more and more mobile devices with Snapdragon chips are released in the market. Also, year after year, these Snapdragon chips are getting better in terms of performance and efficiency. Some of these newer Snapdragon chips can even go head to head with an Intel mobile processor like the m3 and m5 series. This is why, one can say that an ARM-based Surface Pro 5 is a possibility.
Granted, an ARM SoC will never be as powerful as a full-blown desktop processor, at least for now. Over the years, the performance of ARM chips have been increasing steadily. And while desktop processors are the same, the disparity between an ARM and a desktop processor has already started to blur. Perhaps Microsoft can still offer the Surface Pro 5 with entry level specs. But instead of using an Intel M series processor, it might equip the tablet with a Snapdragon 835 instead.
Kaby Lake-based Surface Pro 5
There is no denying that the main reason why Surface Pro fans are waiting for the update is the new Kaby Lake processor from Intel. It has long been rumored that the upcoming tablet will sport the seventh generation processors from Intel. However, due to delays in both the chips and the Windows 10 operating system, Microsoft did not release the Surface Pro 5 last year.
The Kaby Lake series processors are undoubtedly far more superior in terms of performance and efficiency than the Skylake processor. This is due to the fact that the former is made with the 14nm process technology instead of 28nm. That means, the overall chip area has been reduced by as much as 50 percent. The new processor family also boasts native support for 4K video playback and processing. This is why many tablet enthusiasts are quite excited about the Surface Pro 5. The prospect of being able to consume 4K videos on a tablet with ease is a big plus for them.
What to expect from the Surface Pro 5?
Right now, the release date of Microsoft’s next generation Surface Pro tablet is still uncertain. The Redmond giant has done well in keeping the lid shut when it comes to news about the tablet. However, a recent Twitter post from Paul Thurott claims that nothing new will come with the Surface Pro 5 apart from the Kaby Lake processor. He also said that Microsoft is keeping the Surface Connector and will not upgrade it to a Thunderbolt 3 or USB type-C.
While this news may seem upsetting to some, the Kaby Lake processors will surely introduce new battery saving features to the upcoming Surface Pro tablet. This has been one of the major concerns of Surface Pro users ever since the third generation. Perhaps this time around, Microsoft will be able to prolong the battery life of the Surface Pro like it promises on its marketing materials.
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