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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Unlikely To Launch Anytime Soon, But Other PC Manufacturers Are Stepping In To Fill The Void [VIDEO]

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Although there's been numerous anticipations regarding Microsoft's highly anticipated Surface Pro 5, but Vice President for Surface, Panos Panay, made it known that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is unlikely to launch anytime soon. Nonetheless, other PC manufacturers, such as HP, are stepping in to fill in the gap.

The Corporate VP for Surface Computing at Microsoft Corp., Panay, clarified that meaningful change is not necessarily a hardware change, which is what several tech fans are looking for. Panay stated that the Redmond, Washington based tech titan will only launch a Surface Pro 5 when it is able to hand over a meaningful change, CNET reported.

Panay stated that the meaningful change will come along with battery life improvement or reducing the weight of the hardware significantly. The VP for Surface is also quoted in saying that there's no such thing as a Microsoft Surface Pro 5.

Nevertheless, with the Washington based tech giant seemingly uninterested in rolling out the successor to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, other PC manufacturers, such as HP, are stepping in to fill the void. HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 2-in-1 running Windows 10 is the latest Surface Pro clone and the device looks better compared to Surface Pro 4 in almost every way.

HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 tablet appears to be a thin and light package. HP's Elite x2 1012 G2's 0.36 inches thick is thinner than Microsoft's Surface Pro 4. The 12.3-inch touch screen of HP's Elite x2 1012 G2 tablet is larger compared to its predecessor and its resolution resembles to the Surface Pro 4, Mashable reported.

In spite of that, as Microsoft usually rolls out major products in New York, there's a possibility that the tech giant will unveil a refresh of an already existing Surface device at its upcoming event in Shanghai on May 23. Also, it's possible that the tech company might unveil new accessories for the Surface line, The Verge reported.

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