The successor of Surface Pro 4 will not make its appearance very soon, and this is because Microsoft will release Redstone 2 in 2017 and this operating system will be pre-installed on the upcoming 2-in-1 convertible tablet. Earlier rumors suggested that the Surface Pro 5 hybrid will arrive this October, but more likely, the Surface Book 2 will be released alone, because the new operating system will be ready only by spring of 2017.
It seems that most of the major tech websites believe that the Surface Pro 5 will be released in 2017, because Microsoft won’t be able to finish Redstone 2 sooner. Plus, Intel will also release the new gen Kaby Lake processor, so there are high chances that the convertible tablet will be powered by it.
The seventh gen chipset is rumored to be more power efficient and will extend battery life, pleasing Surface Pro 4 users who were very disappointed with the performance of their tablets. Also, the upcoming device will be better at multi-tasking because it will support 16GB of RAM, and the processor will be backed by AMD Polaris or Nvidia Pascal GPU.
It seems that the Surface Pro 5 will come with a screen that will support standard 2K resolution, but those who are not tight on cash will be able to buy the 4K variant. Other potential features are a USB-C port that will replace the traditional USB 3.0 port, rechargeable Surface Pen (which will still attach magnetically), upgraded cameras, and the latest versions of Wi-Fi (with MU-MIMO support) and Bluetooth.
Most likely, Microsoft will cut price of the current Surface Pro 4 and will release the Surface Pro 5 with a starting price of $899 (Intel Core m3 at entry level). We’re not expecting any visual changes, so the tablet will be made of the same magnesium alloy.
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