Dec 14, 2016 09:07 PM EST
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Imminent As Pro 4 Gets A Major Price Cut; Microsoft Ditching Kaby Lake For ARM Processor? [Video]
The Microsoft Surface Pro 5's release date is imminent as Pro 4 drops its price to $150, a tell-tale indication that a newer and more powerful model is about to debut. Moreover, the Surface Pro 5 may be favoring the AMD ARM processor instead of Intel's Kaby Lake as Windows 10 has been demonstrated to fully run on ARM processor.
Microsoft appears to be taking its time to really prepare an efficient product, unlike the Pro 4 which is known to have battery drain issues. Listed below are what speculations say about the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, key upgrades and other features.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Release Date
Gadget geeks were expecting the Surface Pro 5 to be released last October, but only new Surface hardware were released. These include the new Surface Book i7 and the Surface Studio. Microsoft is eyeing spring of 2017 for the release of its big Windows 10 update, which is also known as the Creators Update and may coincide with the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5's Surface Pen Upgrade
The Surface Pen, which is bundled with the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 tablet, bas been upgraded with rechargeable batteries. It can now be charged wirelessly by magnetically attaching it to the device. The existing Surface Pen has alkaline AAAA batteries that are not rechargeable.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 USB Port Upgrade
The Micorsoft Surface Pro 5 may be the first to get a USB-C port, ditching the USB 3.0 port. The USB-C port can also be used for charging according to PC Advisor.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Models
There will be two different variants with a 2K and 4K models for those looking for a premium device. The more inexpensive will have a 16GB of RAM according to Kitguru.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Processor
It was previously speculated that the new Surface Pro will have the sixth generation Skylake chip, but latest report say it will instead use Kaby Lake. However, there is a theory following a Windows 10 demo using ARM processor. Again, these are only speculations and suggest that Microsoft may go for AMD's ARM processor for longer battery life and mobile connectivity.
However, the Micorsoft Surface Pro 5 features desktop power in a portable device, which requires the seventh generation Intel core chip. It is more likely that consumers will see a more flexible Surface Pro with a Kaby Lake for the Pro and an ARM chip for the non-pro model.
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