Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, specs: Hybrid to be available in 2K and 4K models, arriving in January 2017?

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A promo photo of the Surface Pro 4.

Despite the seeming lack of announcement from Microsoft, tech enthusiasts predict that the next-generation Surface Pro tablet will likely be a powerful one that offers a stunning display with enhanced multi-tasking capability.

According to Tech Times, the device will apparently have a 12.3-inch screen with PixelSense technology. It will be offered in two variants one with 2K resolution and another version with 4K Ultra High-Definition resolution.

Under the hood, the tablet is said to be powered by 16 GB of random access memory (RAM) coupled with the Kaby Lake processor from Intel. Meanwhile, others believe that it will be equipped with the latest available chipset, Skylake, and either an AMD or NVIDIA Pascal graphics processing unit (GPU).

Despite the currently available Surface Pro 4 being well-received by the consumers, it is suggested that there are additional features that buyers still want to see on its successor. When it comes to other specifications, the 2-in-1 gadget is expected to have an enhanced battery for longer use, a USB Type-C port, and an upgraded Surface Pen. The new stylus will allegedly offer wireless charging support as hinted by the patent filed by the company. In addition, Surface Pro 5 may also run on the Redstone 2 update for Windows 10.

The release date is predicted to take place sometime in early 2017, presumably in January, since the Redstone 2 update will also be launched around that time. It was previously rumored to arrive in June or October this year but both dates did not come to fruition.

Meanwhile, the retail price is deemed to start at $899 for the base model while the high-end choice model with 4K UHD may be priced at $1599. However, since there is no official announcement yet if the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is indeed in production, available information should be taken with a grain of salt.