Gadget geeks have been waiting for news on the much-anticipated successor of the impressive Surface Pro 4.
While there were some who believed that the Surface Pro 5 will find its ways to stores at around October of this year because its predecessor was launched around that time last year, but it seems that the release date has been pushed back to early 2017, around spring as reported by CNET. This may be due to the fact that Microsoft might be waiting for other components before launching the Surface Pro 5.
Since the Creator Update for Windows 10 just launched plus the Inter Kaby Lake chips has also just been released, Microsoft might be making sure that the Surface Pro 5 is really ready for a public release. One of the rumors circulating about the Surface Pro 5 has to do with the stylus included.
Apparently, the stylus will now contain a battery that can be charged wirelessly when it is attached magnetically to the tablet, much like the Apple Pen charging via Lightning. It was previously reported in January that Microsoft’s patent for a rechargeable stylus included a magnetic charging dock.
The Surface Pro 5 will also have a 12.3-inch PixelSense screen, as reported by Tech Times, and may come in either 2K or 4K Ultra HD version. The site also claims that the tablet will have 16 GB of RAM and might have either Intel’s Sky Lake of Kaby Lake processor. PC Advisor also says that the Surface Pro 5 will have a USB-C port, quit different from the Pro 4 which had a USB 3.0 port. The site also sees an upgrade in the camera and WI-FI of the Surface Pro 5, along with the Bluetooth.
Tech Radar has also listed some changes that they would like to see in the Surface Pro 5, such as battery life, one of the biggest letdowns of its predecessor, the Surface Pro 4. The Pro 4’s advertised nine-hour battery life only had had 5 hours in video playback, so hopefully the Surface Pro 5 will have improved in this aspect.
For the price, the reported entry level will be around $899, same as the predecessor, while the super high-end device targeted for professionals will cost around $4,200.