Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will most likely be launching its Surface Pro 5 tablet in the first half of 2017 – most probably the first quarter of this year – reports indicate.
The Surface Pro 4 successor is long overdue now and with massive sales of the Surface Pro 4 during the holiday season, the stage is set for Microsoft to ride on the success of the current generation two-in-one and cash-in by releasing Surface Pro 5. Surface Pro 4 has been an awesome success for Microsoft, but battery life has been an issue about which many users have complained a lot. This will be something that Microsoft will be able to address through hardware changes – specifically the processor.
Intel has officially announced the availability of Kaby Lake processors for device manufacturers and that’s the CPU that will be powering the Surface Pro 5. Intel has been blowing trumpets about the capabilities of its Kaby Lake processors with the primary improvement being a 12- to 19-per cent bump in integer performance over its predecessors. Intel Kaby Lake processors are said to have a more responsive “turbo boost” capability and with a dedicated, advanced video engine that promises some real gains—a whopping 2.6X increase in overall battery life when playing back 4K video using specific codecs, the Surface Pro 5 is set for impressive performance numbers.
The use of Kaby Lake processor will help Surface Pro 5 achieve batter backup of nearly 10 hours with Intel claiming that a Kaby Lake powered notebook lasted for 9.5 hours while continuously looping video.
Native 4K support could be another awesome thing for Surface Pro 5 and that’s down to the processor Microsoft selects. If it indeed sticks with Intel Kaby Lake then it wouldn’t need to worry as the processor supports 4K display out of the box.
As far as pricing is concerned, we believe that Surface Pro 5 will likely cost the same as the Surface Pro 4 when it was launched. Chances are that the latest Surface Pro could cost less than the Surface Pro 4, but nothing can be said for sure until an official confirmation arrives from Microsoft.
If you intend to buy a Surface Pro 5, it could be at least a couple of months wait, so why not buy a Surface Pro 4 instead at impressive discounts.