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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Said to Announce Much Earlier Than We Anticipated

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Dec 30, 2016
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Microsoft may have disappointed us in 2016 by not presenting a Surface Pro 5, but it looks like 2017 has a lot of surprises waiting for us and one of them could be an announcement of the highly anticipated 2-in-1.

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According to sources close to the matter, Pegatron Technology has taken charge of making the Surface Pro 5, meaning that we might get to see the 2-in-1 much sooner than expected. Microsoft revealed earlier that it was going to be making an appearance at the MWC 2017 trade show and some speculated that the Surface Phone might be showcased there. However, it is more than possible that we get to see the successor of Surface Pro 4 in action in the coming months.

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We expect that the base model of Surface Pro 5 will come outfitted with a Core M Kaby Lake chip, followed by Core i5 and i7 variants in the near future, along with a magnetic charging stylus. One of the things that will separate Surface Pro 4 and Surface Pro 5 is a higher resolution on the latter. Rumor has it that the upcoming Windows 10 powered slate will feature a 4K display, which will no doubt improve visual quality, but will have tremendous negative ramifications on the overall battery life and we believe that the role of Kaby Lake processors have been made exactly for that; to conserve battery life while being able to take part in several taxing multitasking options.

We also feel that just like its predecessor, Surface Pro 5 will be void of a GPU, since a thin tablet like that will neither possess the thickness nor the proper dissipation method to get rid of heat being generated by an NVIDIA or AMD GPU. A Type-C USB port (providing support for Thunderbolt 3) is also expected to be present on the tablet that will provide the functions of both charging the tablet and transferring data to and from the slate at an alarmingly fast rate.

One thing Microsoft needs to keep in mind is if they release a Surface Pro 5 with another high price tag, then its competition will eventually release cheaper solutions, prompting the consumer to go for them. If Microsoft is to take hold of the Windows 10 tablet market, then selling slightly cheaper products will play a pivotal role in the company’s success. What impressions do you guys have of the upcoming Surface Pro 5? Let us know right away.

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