The Surface Pro 5 is yet to peak out of its hiding, but reports peg it for late Spring launch with features that might not be as impressive as you and me would want.
It has been over a year and a half since Surface Pro 4’s launch and that’s a long wait considering that hardware upgrades have become an annual affair for every major consumer electronics company out there. Microsoft’s May 2 event will most likely be about everything else apart from Surface Pro 5. This leaves Microsoft’s Build event in middle of May to be exclusively about Surface Pro 5 as far as hardware is concerned.
We have already received information that the Surface Pro 5 will continue using Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect power connector and that the two-in-one will be powered by Intel Kaby Lake processors. The continuation of Surface Connect effectively rules out a USB-C connector for now, but until anything official is declared, it’s just a rumor.
According to reports, we could see more details about Surface Pro 5 during Microsoft’s next Build developer conference, scheduled to be held from May 10 to 12 in Seattle. With the Creator’s update already out, the time is about right to launch hardware that is capable of fully utilising what the latest version of Windows 10 has to offer. [Check out Surface Pro 4 discounts.]
Back to Surface Pro 5: while the two things that Paul Thurrott said do not really impress us, one question that definitely comes to mind is that if not Intel Kaby Lake then which other processor? Kaby Lake is the obvious choice considering that Intel hasn’t publicly released its next processor technology and for Microsoft to be able to release Surface Pro 5 this year, Redmond had to go for Kaby Lake.
There have been rumors about AMD powered Surface Pro 5, Sugar Bowl online live but we don’t see that happening considering that Microsoft has been using Intel processors right from the first iteration of the two-in-one and hasn’t received any complaints as far as processing of data is concerned; so why would Microsoft change now?
Microsoft has been offering every possible RAM and storage option with its Surface Pro 4 and there’s hardly anything new that it can bring to the table in this area with Surface Pro 5. These are the reasons we believe that Surface Pro 5 hardware specifications could disappoint. If you don’t want to pay the full price for Surface Pro 5 for some hardware that doesn’t impress you, Surface Pro 4 at discounted prices is just about good.