Probably one of the most highly anticipated product to come from Microsoft is the Surface Pro 5. The tablet was initially rumored to be unveiled last October during Microsoft?s Surface Event. However, the software giant introduced new products but none on the Surface Pro 5. Now, rumors are rife that the release will be early next year, possible during the Mobile World Congress in Spain.
In preparation to the said release, TheBitbag has come up with a list of things to expect from Microsoft?s Surface Pro 5.
Intel i7 Kaby Lake
Almost everyone knows this one. The main reason why Microsoft delayed the release of the Surface Pro 5 is due to the processor?s unavailability. To date, Intel is still busy at work manufacturing its next generation Kaby Lake processors. Consumers can expect next year?s Surface Pro device to sport the latest processor from Intel.
Windows 10 Redstone 2 or Android OS
Another thing worth mentioning about the delay of the Surface Pro 5 is the operating system itself. According to earlier reports, Microsoft is still working on the latest Windows 10 update, the Windows 10 Redstone 2. The Surface Pro 5 will be featuring this updated version of Windows 10 on its release.
The Surface Pro 5 is also rumored to come with another variant, this one running an Android OS. Although unheard of, this will probably be one of the major selling point of the tablet. The ability to run Android OS will open up a plethora of new features not present on the current devices.
Rechargeable Surface Pen
Based on the patents filed by Microsoft, it would seem that the company is working on a new design for the Surface Pen. Currently, the Surface Pen requires a separate battery to power it during operation. Having a rechargeable battery built-in alleviates the need to look for battery replacement when the pen dies out.
Fingerprint scanning PixelSense
Also based on another patent application, there is a chance that Microsoft will include fingerprint scanning on the Surface Pro 5. Back in 2011, Microsoft showcased the newest version of PixelSense for its line of Surface Devices. This novel piece of technology can identify objects places on top of the Surface device?s screen. The patent application outlines ways of identifying users via their fingerprints from the PixelSense display.
Better display resolution
The new Intel Kaby Lake processor boasts native support for 4K video. Because of this, it is only fitting for the Surface Pro 5 to have a 4K display. Although experts might argue that 4K displays on portable devices are somewhat of a waste, many still like the idea. Nevertheless, this option might end up on high-end pro professional version of the tablet.
To date, Microsoft has not released any statement regarding the supposed release date for the Surface Pro 5. However, many believe that there is a chance the software giant will unveil the new tablet earlier next year. Rumor has it that the release will be timed during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain on February 2017.
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