Microsoft Corporation is planning to launch its next version of the Surface Pro i.e. Microsoft Surface Pro 5, by March 2017, a recent report has claimed. As far as Surface Pro 5 specs are concerned, the Redmond-based tech giant is not expected to reveal any details about its upcoming Surface projects, but rumors suggest there will be significant upgrades for the upcoming 2-in-1 device.
Microsoft launched the Pro 4 in October 2015, so October 2016 seemed like the most credible release date for the Surface Pro 5. But, at its October Windows event, the new Surface hardware was limited to the Surface Book i7 only along with the Surface Studio. Now Surface Pro 5 release date is expected to arrive some time in 2017.
According to the PC Advisor, The fact that the next big Windows 10 update, called the Creators Update, isn't coming out until Spring 2017 has led many to speculate that Microsoft will hold back its Surface hardware until then.
Also a new leak coming from Digitimes claims that Microsoft has given the manufacturing contract for the Surface Pro 5 to Pegatron, which also makes the Surface Studio.
The report adds that the Surface Pro 5 will feature a 4K display, a stylus which recharges wirelessly and will launch in first quarter of 2017 and it's most likely that there will be a March announcement.
There was a lot of speculation that the new Surface will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor instead of an Intel Kaby Lake chip. This would allow a longer battery life, and potentially the addition of LTE for mobile connectivity.
But since we are talking about the Surface Pro 5, which has always been about having desktop power in a portable device, and a seventh-generation Intel Core chip would be the logical choice.
Then a photo from a developer also shows a wall in Microsoft's building 88, and suggests Microsoft has more than one new Windows Surface in store, so it's feasible that the Surface Pro 5 may go with Kaby Lake, and a Surface 5 (the non-Pro version) might have the ARM chipset.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will reportedly have a starting price of $899 for the base model. However, the Kaby Lake processor may not become available before H2 2017 as a result Microsoft may yet again have to push back the release date of the Surface Pro 5.