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Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 Update: Microsoft to Unveil New Category to Take on iPad Pro 2 [VIDEO]


Surface Pro 5 is highly expected to debut May 2 and it is reported that the device will retain Microsoft Connector instead of moving to USB type C. The Surface Book 2, on the other hand, might not appear at the hardware event.

Microsoft hardware event will take place soon and tech enthusiasts have been anticipating any Surface device launch during the Windows 10 Cloud introduction. One of the most-awaited hybrid is the Surface Pro 5. Reports have been hinting at massive changes happening to the tablet.

Microsoft will announce education-related information at the hardware event but it is anyone guess whether the announcement involves a Surface device. Based from the previous reports, Microsoft's next hybrid tablets will aim at education sector. Tech crowds are expecting a refresh from the year-old Surface Pro 4. Hence, if Microsoft is hosting a big event, a device launch should be on the list.

The May 2 event, apparently, will not unveil any Surface Book iteration. Although the invitation does not detail further but experts have come to believe that the Surface Book 2 might not be ready. An informant has claimed that there will not be any Surface Phone either, The Verge reported.

That leaves Surface Pro 5 as one good reason why Microsoft is holding a hardware event. From the iPad Pro 2 reports, tech crowds have learned that Apple will market the 10.5-inch tablet to educational segment. Thus, it now makes sense that what Microsoft is doing with Surface Pro 5 and Windows 10 Cloud are the innovations might have the same purpose as Apple.

A few clues on the specs have pointed that Microsoft is switching to USB type C port for charging. This will enable the tablet to connect with wider range of third-party accessories. However, there is also a report that suggests the Redmond-company might be looking to retain the Surface Connector instead, Express reported.

The same media outlet reports that the Surface Pro 5 will have 16GB RAM and 256GB internal storage on board. Along with the revamps, Microsoft will also unveil the next-gen Surface Pen, which according to the leaked patent, will offer wireless-charging feature.

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