‘Microsoft Surface Pro 5’ Release Date Set in 2017? Powerhouse Tablet to Feature 4K Display, Better Battery Life?
Microsoft remains mum about the possible release date of Microsoft Surface Pro 5. But while the Redmond-based company continues to stay quiet about the highly anticipated tablet, recent reports revealed projected Microsoft Surface Pro 5 specs, features and release date.Advertisement
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Release Date Delayed?
For those who are eager to get their hands on the next-generation Surface Pro, reports suggested the release date could be pushed back to early 2017. Earlier this year, the Surface Pro was projected to be available in the third quarter of 2016 after Intel releases their much-awaited Kaby Lake processor.
Initial reports indicated Intel was planning to launch the seventh-generation processor in June, but Tech Times reported the Kaby Lake line will likely come out in late 2016. Thus, release dates of devices that will be powered by the new line of processor, including Microsoft Surface Pro 5, will be delayed.
This could mean the new surface tablet will not be available until late 2016 or early 2017 — unless if Microsoft decides to use the latest-generation processors on the market. It is highly unlikely, though, since the company is known for using the best-possible processor for their flagship tablet.
New Surface Tablet Specs and Features
Aside from the seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors, Mobipicker reported that the Surface Pro 5 could feature 4K Ultra HD display, better than Surface Pro 4’s 2,736 x 1,824 pixel resolution. According to the report, the information came from sources who gave “fairly accurate information” in the past.
Microsoft could also decide to make the 4K Ultra HD display an optional feature or a paid upgrade. This means the standard edition could have the more affordable 2K display. The display size of the new surface tablet remains a mystery at this point.
Reports also indicated the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will have an improved Surface pen and USB Type-C port. The battery life is also expected to improve because of the new Kaby Lake processor. The new processor will feature 14nm microarchitecture and is tipped to become Intel’s most efficient processor once it hits the market.