There are many rumors about the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 5 – most of them sparked up by the Surface Pro 4 discount price – and here is an overview of the ones related to specs and release date.
First of all, the fact that the Surface Pro 4 is now being sold at a discounted price of $649 on ebay actually suggests that stores are trying to clear the space and make room for newer generations of devices. The Surface Pro 4 used to cost $899.99 until recently. Some tech publications such as TheCountyCaller have stated that it’s an unusual move on the part of Microsoft to sell something at a discounted price before the next generation of devices is launched.
Unusual or not, another possibility would be that the Surface Pro 4’s discounted price may not be in any way related to the upcoming Surface Pro 5.
Microsoft was supposed to release the Surface Pro 5 this year but there haven’t been any statements from Microsoft regarding this issue so far. This has led tech bloggers to speculate that it’s very probable that the device’s launch will actually take place sometime in 2017.
This speculation is supported by a specs rumor that states that the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will feature Kaby Lake processors and those have just been released. The Kaby Lake processor is presumed to solve a battery issue that users have encountered on the Surface Pro 4.
Supposedly, the processors have already been shipped to various partner companies and it will take a while to manufacture the actual Surface Pro model with the Kaby Lake chipset inside so it will presumably be ready sometime in 2017. The same processor is believed to be in the process of being implemented into the Apple Macbook Pro 2016.
In terms of specs, the Surface Pro 4 is rumored to run on Windows 10 (of course) and to have 16 GB of RAM plus a USB Type C port. Supposedly, Microsoft will launch two Surface Pro 5 screen variants: a 2K one and a 4K one. The screens will also have a 3.840 x 2.560 px of resolution and the device will sport either an NVIDIA Pascal or an AMD Polaris card for graphics.