Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date: Discounts on Surface products hinting at October launch?


Microsoft is currently selling its Surface Pro 4 at a discount. A report has suggested that the ongoing sale is pointing to an October 2016 release date for Microsoft Surface Pro 5.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is currently on sale for $100 less. This means the device’s 128 GB, Intel Core m3 with 4 GB RAM variant can be bought for $799, while the Intel Core i5 variant is available at $899. The variant with 256 GB, Intel Core i5 with 8 GB RAM is on sale at $1,199, while the Intel Core i7 with 8 GB option is available for $1,499. Finally, the Surface Pro 4 with 256 GB, Intel Core i7 with 16 GB RAM can be purchased for $1,699.

The sale is valid until the end of February, according to Yibada. The same publication reports that the current deal hints at the imminent release of the Surface Pro 5 in October 2016. Needless to say, this release date information is considered a rumor at the moment pending Microsoft’s confirmation.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display and each order includes a Surface Pen accessory. The tablet is powered by a sixth-generation Intel Core m3, i5, or i7 and runs on the Windows 10 Pro OS. It also features an 8-MP primary camera and 5-MP front camera.

The tablet was released barely five months ago in October 2015. However, as early as a week after its launch, Windows Central reported that the Surface Pro 4’s battery was drained quickly when put into Sleep Mode. This was later on discovered to be caused by a bug, and Microsoft has already released an update to fix it. Although the update extended the tablet’s life, some users were still unsatisfied with its battery performance.

Driven by these battery issues, multiple reports claim that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will have an improved battery. It’s also rumored to have a more solid keyboard, a lighter Surface Pen, and a GPU for gaming.