Microsoft to Unveil New Surface Tablet in China; Surface Pro 5 Branding to be Dropped

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Surface Pro 5 name to be dropped, might launch this month

It has been almost a year and a half since Microsoft last updated the Surface Pro line. Ever since the Surface Pro 4, consumers have been waiting for the next iteration to release in the market. Many Surface Pro fans are somewhat excited to see the tablet sport the latest Kaby Lake processors from Intel. However, recent events may suggest that Microsoft is due to unveil a new Surface device pretty soon. Unfortunately, the device in question will not be called Surface Pro 5, like earlier reports.

According to a recent interview with CNET, Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Devices, said that there is no such thing as Pro 5. However, he said that the next Surface device would include features that will present meaningful impact to the users.

These pronouncements led many to believe that Microsoft is changing the branding for the 2-in-1 tablet and dropping the Pro 5 name. On the flip side, it also means that the successor for the Surface Pro 4 is now nearly within reach. In fact, a recent Twitter post may have shed some light on the matter.

Surface Pro 5 name to be dropped, might launch this month

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A few days ago, Panay posted on Twitter about the upcoming Microsoft event in China. And with the post, the hashtag “#Surface” is also present. Now, this could mean a few things. But the most compelling one is the rumor of a Surface Pro 5 release in the said event which is to be held in Shanghai on the 23rd of May.

Whether or not Microsoft is ditching the Surface Pro 5 branding, it is still quite clear that a replacement for the previous model is coming pretty soon. Perhaps, the only thing that can be done right now is to wait and see what Microsoft meant with the said hashtag. For more updates on the Surface Pro 5, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.

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