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: New tablet expected in March, with a 4K display and Intel Kaby Lake processor


NewsHubEveryone is waiting for an official announcement of the next Surface Pro, but right now, the Pro 5 is not likely to surface (pun intended) until at least spring 2017. Until Microsoft takes the wraps off, we’ve rounded up the Surface Pro 5 UK release date, price and specification rumours. See also: Best convertible laptops and tablets 2016.
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Microsoft launched the Pro 4 in October 2015, so October 2016 seemed like the most probable release date for a new model. However, at its October Windows event, the new Surface hardware was limited to the new Surface Book i7 and the Surface Studio. So we’re expecting the Surface Pro 5 in 2017.
The fact 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.
The latest leak comes from a Chinese website (via Digitimes ) which claims that Microsoft has given the manufacturing contract for the Surface Pro 5 to Pegatron (which also makes the Surface Studio). The report also states that the Surface Pro 5 with have a 4K display, a stylus which recharges wirelessly and that it will launch in Q1 2017. That mean the first quarter, and it’s most likely that we’ll see a March announcement.
Recently, Microsoft demonstrated Windows 10 running on an ARM processor:
There was a lot of speculation that the new Surface will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor instead of an Intel Kaby Lake chip. The benefits of this would be longer battery life, and potentially the addition of LTE for mobile connectivity.
But, let’s not forget we’re talking about the Surface 5 PRO here. The Pro has always been about having desktop power in a portable device, and a seventh-generation Intel Core chip would be the logical choice. And we think this is still the most likely option out of the two theories.
The photo below from a developer 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 chip.

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