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'Microsoft Surface Pro 5' release date and specs update: 'iPad Pro 2' competitor might be out this year, new leaks suggest

Tech circles are abuzz these days with talks of Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date and specs. The upcoming Microsoft device is expected to be the top competitor of Apple's iPad Pro 2 which is also expected to launch this year.

A YouTube video from Information Technology reveals that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date will fall in the first quarter of 2017. It is said that the device will roll out on April 2017 along with the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The report added that the unavailability of Microsoft Surface Pro 3 in online stores is an indication that a new flagship will be released soon. But Science Times reports that it appears impossible that the tablet will be out this year since it wasn't announced during the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2017.

During this event, different products in the mobile industry are showcased but it didn't include the Surface Pro 5. Reports indicate that the device wasn't announced during the MWC 2017 because Microsoft doesn't want other devices to steal the spotlight from the hybrid device.

Meanwhile, News4c reports that there are two recent Microsoft Surface Pro 5 leaks. One is from the French website of Microsoft wherein a picture entitled Surface Pro 5 was mistakenly uploaded to the site. The second leak is from Toby Fitch, a product designer of Microsoft, who shared a post on LinkedIn about the said product. These leaks are considered a hint that device is definitely on its way.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 specs and features include a stylus, surface dial, cover keyboard and it is packed with a 12.3-inch Ultra HD/4K display with higher RAM configurations. The all-in-one device will run with seventh generation Kaby Lake processors from Intel. It is also expected that it will come with a USB Type-C support and a large battery capacity.

Surface pro 5 specs and features are being compared to that of Apple's iPad Pro 2. Some are saying that the upcoming flagship of Microsoft has more powerful specs that the iPad Pro 2.