Microsoft didn’t imagine it will have so much success with its hybrid laptop/tablet line called Surface Pro. The fourth generation Pro 4 was well-received by customers and tech critics, not only because it comes pre-loaded with Windows 10 Pro, but because it has high end specs, being powered by the 6th generation Skylake processors. The next Surface Pro 5 is expected to be released in 2017, when the Kaby Lake processors will be ready.
This is only a rumor, but it will turn to be true, then Microsoft will wait until Intel will release the upcoming processor called Kaby Lake and most likely this will happen in 2017. So, it will be worth the wait, because the Surface Pro 5 will have the fastest processor, as it promises to double the efficiency of any device it will run.
Regarding the launch price, CNET believes that it will start at $899, while the Intel Core i7 variant will be $100 more expensive and the i7 Extreme version will cost $1,599. As for the display, it’s expected to support 4K resolution (3840 pixels in width), the stylus pen will be redesigned (it will have an in-built battery), the fingerprint scanner will be improved and the tablet will receive the new USB type C port. The device will also include a microSD card slot, Mini DisplayPort for video and an audio jack.
Other reports are suggesting that the Surface Pro 5 will unveiled next month, in the same period when Apple will release its MacBook Pro 2016 laptop, but most likely Microsoft will wait until early 2017, when the company will release Windows 10 Redstone as well.
The Surface Pro 4 is priced between $899 and $1,799, it has a 12.3-inch display with a resolution of 2736×1824 pixels, it uses Intel Skylake low-voltage dual-core processors (m3-6Y30, i5-6300U and i7-6650U) backed by Intel HD graphics (515, 520) and Intel Iris 540 graphics, coupled with 4 GB, 8 GB, or 16 GB of RAM.