Microsoft hasn’t confirmed that it’s developing the Surface Pro 5 model, but fans are not discouraged and they continue to check websites that post new information about this upcoming tablet, based on rumors. June has passed and the Surface Pro 5 wasn’t released, proving that early rumors were hoaxes. Now, PC Advisor is speculating that the Redmond tech giant will bring its hybrid tablet alongside the Surface Book 2 in October, but most likely, this won’t happen, because the next gen Intel 14nm Kaby Lake processor won’t be launched earlier than Spring of 2017.
Moreover, Microsoft is currently working on the Windows 10 update, Redstone 2, which is expected to come out in 2017 and the Surface Pro 5 will come preinstalled with it. This is a more plausible scenario and even MobiPicker seems to agree that the hybrid tablet has more chances to be released next year, because Microsoft is waiting for the arrival of the Intel Kaby Lake processor, which will add native USB 3.1 (second generation) support and native HDCP 2.2 support, as well as full fixed function HEVC Main10/10-bit and VP9 10-bit hardware video decoding.
The new processor will be more efficient, it will consume less power and will extend battery life. The Surface Pro 4 received many complaints because of the short battery life and Microsoft has understood that it needs to do something about it. The processor will allow the Surface pro 5 to be better at multi-tasking, especially because it will support 16GB of RAM and will have an AMD Polaris or Nvidia Pascal GPU. Other rumors claim that the screen will be available in two variants of resolutions: 2K and 4K, the latter being offered to those who are willing to invest more money. Other improvements that will be made to the Surface Pro 5 involve the replacement of the Surface Pen which has an alkaline AAAA battery.
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