Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date tipped for 2017; possible specs


Will the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 finally come soon? The long rumored successor to the Surface Pro 4 laptop/tablet hybrid has been a regular in the rumor mill for several months now. The latest rumors have it that the device will finally be able to see the light of day, as it may get launched sometime around March 2017.

The Surface Pro 5, which has been repeatedly rumored about in the past, was said to have been delayed. The device was supposedly launching this year but its release date was pushed back due to a number of reasons.

One of the reasons pointed out for the alleged delay was that Microsoft is still waiting for the highly anticipated Kaby Lake processors, the newest chipset from Intel, which is expected to be released sometime this fall. Another reason pointed out for the delay was that Microsoft is still timing the launch of a major update to the Windows 10 operating system (OS), which was also said to be coming sometime around fall this year.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is rumored to have a possible variant that features a whopping 16 GB worth of random access memory (RAM). There would also be other lower spec variants offered. The long rumored 4K resolution display is also tipped to be coming, but more likely as an optional upgrade for premium users rather than a standard feature for the device. Instead, the 2-in-1 convertible is expected to come with a 2K resolution by default.

In terms of graphics, the Surface Pro 5 is expected to sport a graphics processing unit (GPU) from NVIDIA, specifically one from the new Pascal series. So far, the latest chip in the series is the GeForce GTX 1080, a chipset that is virtual reality (VR) ready.

Other rumored features include a USB Type-C port, better battery life, an all-new Surface Pen, and more.

The Surface Pro 5 is expected to be launched alongside the long rumored Surface Phone.