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Microsoft Surface Pro 5: What We Know So Far

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Microsoft has maintained total silence on anything about the Surface Pro. The 2-in-1 tablet has been its number one selling product in 2015 and all the way to 2016. However, in recent months, tablet sales, especially that of Microsoft has fallen dramatically. Nonetheless, there are no new updates on the upcoming Surface Pro 5 from the software giant. This is why many consumers and fans alike are wondering when the much awaited tablet will be released.

When Microsoft released the current Surface Pro back in 2015, the tablet introduced the new hardware of the time. However, since it has been years after the last update, the current models are somewhat lacking in terms of performance.

Surface Pro 5 and Intel Kaby Lake

Right now, the consensus is that Microsoft will go for the new Intel Kaby Lake series to power its next generation pro tablets. Of course, it is just plain common sense not to use an older hardware for a new device. While this may not be a surprise at all, perhaps the next question is, “will there be anything new on the Surface Pro 5?”

New upgrades

Since 2016, many market watchers and pundits have been speculating on what the Surface Pro 5 will be. Apart from the supposed Kaby Lake upgrade, many have given their pieces on what the display of the tablet will be.

What we know so far about the Surface Pro 5

Surface Pro 4 (via microsoftstore.com)

Some argued that the next-generation Surface Pro will retain is 2K resolution. Meanwhile some market watchers suggest that Microsoft might upgrade to a 4K display.

Unfortunately, at the moment, there are not a lot of merits into using a 4K display on a tablet. For one,  the human eye will not be able to distinguish the difference in pixel density. This is mainly because the display is minuscule compared to a standard living room television. However, the 4K resolution may, in some cases, improve on the dynamic range of the display. This may result in better colour reproduction and improved contrast and saturation.

Another thing worth considering is, 4K displays, due to increased pixel density, will require more power to operate. This will inevitably influence the design of the device, especially on the battery. At the moment, the Surface Pro 4 already has poor battery life with its 2736×1824 display resolution. Having a bigger display resolution will be quite taxing to the tablet’s already small battery.

Surface Pro 5 and Snapdragon 835

By now, many will know that Microsoft and Qualcomm are working together to produce the first Snapdragon-powered tablet. Back in 2016, the two companies actually demoed a tablet running on full Windows 10 operating system just like the Surface Pro.

In the said demo, the tablet in question is running the Windows 10 OS on a Snapdragon 821 SoC. Immediately after the demo video was released, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that they are currently working on bringing the said OS onto the Snapdragon 835.

What we know so far about the Surface Pro 5

MacBook showing Thunderbolt 3 port (via apple.com)

While the prospect of having a Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 tablet is nice, it would seem that this product is, first of all, a mobile computer. It should not, however, be confused with a tablet or a laptop which is already mobile. Instead, this piece of device will have its connectivity focused on mobile networks just like a mobile phone.

Based on the presentation given during last year’s Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in China, the Snapdragon-powered device will have an e-SIM built in. And since the connectivity is more on mobile networks, users will be able to monitor their data usage.

For now, it is still uncertain if this supposed tablet will be a Surface Pro 5. However, there is a chance that Microsoft might introduce this variant in lieu of the M Series Intel-based model.

Same old design

Due to lack of updates, there are speculations that the Surface Pro 5 will not include massive design changes apart from the new Kaby Lake chips. Even the Surface port, which is a proprietary hardware from Microsoft, will be retained on the new design. Many hopefuls have been asking for the Thunderbolt 3.0 port. Fortunately, the new Kaby Lake series has native support for the interface so a Thunderbolt 3.0 on a Surface Pro 5 is highly likely.

What we know so far about the Surface Pro 5

Surface Pen (via microsoftstore.com)

On the other hand, there are rumors that Microsoft will introduce a new stylus for the Surface Pro. Based on the latest patent rounds filed by the company, it would seem that there will be some minor updates on the stylus including a built-in rechargeable battery. The said battery will be charged wirelessly when it is attached to the side of the tablet. However, as this is still a patent, there is a very slim chance that the feature will turn up on the upcoming iteration of the tablet. Nevertheless, this will, once and for all, answer all the complaints that Surface Pro users have on the Surface Pen.

Surface Pro 5 release date

There are a number of rumors surrounding the supposed release of the Surface Pro 5. Some say that it might happen sometime in the next couple of months. However, there are some who speculate that the release could be around October this year. This rumor is in line with reports that the tablet will be launched together with the Windows 10 Redstone 3 update. Nevertheless, many are expecting Microsoft to pull one out of the hat during an event in New York on May 2.

Unfortunately, the said event, which is called #MicrosoftEDU is focused on delivering the new Windows 10 Cloud operating system. This new OS is Microsoft’s answer to the threat given by Google’s Chrome OS.

As with the price, it is highly likely that Microsoft will not introduce a pricing hike on the next generation Surface Pros. This is due to the fact that most of its buyers are non-professionals who use the tablet as a daily driver. This is why the current generation Surface Book’s sales performance is quite stale.

For more updates on the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

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