The successor of the Surface Pro 4 is expected to be launched next year, when Intel will release its new Intel Kaby Lake processor and Microsoft will bring the Windows 10 Redstone 2, the operating system that will come installed on the upcoming hybrid. Other rumors claim that the device will be launched sooner, but that remains to be seen.
The Verge has reported that Indian app developer Shubhan Chemburkar has visited Microsoft’s building 88 and he spotted the wall dedicated to the Surface Book and Surface Pro and he took a picture of it. He noticed a spot on the wall with the caption “coming soon” and the silhouette clearly suggested that it’s a Surface-related placeholder, but no release date was specified.
While some started speculating that it could be the Surface Pro 5, others believe that Microsoft is preparing to release the Surface Book 2 and the placeholder was intended for it. N the other hand, DigiTimes has reported that the company will bring a Surface AIO (all-in-one) PC, which will be an alternative to the Surface Book 2.
The new Intel Kaby Lake processor will be released by the end of this year, which means that the Surface Pro 5 could come in early 2017 with it. In addition, the processor will be compatible with USB 3.1, it will support HDCP 2.2, HEVC Main10/10-bit and VP9 10-bit (hardware video decoding). Some of the rumored changes are related to the Surface Pen, which will be rechargeable, and the screen will be available in two variants of screen resolutions: standard 2K and 4K for those who don’t care about the price.
Currently, the Surface Pro 4 costs between $899 and $2000, depending on the hardware configuration, and most likely, the successor will come with similar prices. However, a much faster processor could increase the price above $2000.