Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, specs rumors: 2016 launch not feasible as Microsoft waits for Kaby Lake and Windows 10 Redstone


Microsoft is reportedly stepping on the gas pedal this year in the hope of getting a more significant share of the mobile device market. However, the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 5 may not be part of the company’s immediate plans as rumors have it that the device may not even see the light of day this year.

There are several products lined up for the Surface brand, but every single one of them has not been officially confirmed for launch by the American tech giant. The list includes the Microsoft Surface Phone, Surface Book 2, and the Surface Pro 5.

According to Ecumenical News, the most practicable reason why the upcoming 2-in-1 detachable has been delayed is because the company wants it to carry the latest major update to the Windows 10 operating system, dubbed as “Redstone.” This update isn’t expected until the first quarter of next year, which basically means that the Surface Pro 5 will only be launched once the Redstone is given a go.

Meanwhile, another possible reason for the push back in the announcement is the fact that Intel still hasn’t provided new information about its latest processor, Kaby Lake. It does make sense if the new generation of Surface hybrid devices will come equipped with the newest chipset in the market. Well, it won’t make sense if the Surface Pro 5 sticks with the current Intel Skylake, only to see other upcoming competing devices carry the Kaby Lake.

As far as features and specs are concerned, the successor to last year’s Surface Pro 4 reportedly will come in two variants, in which one will have a decent 2K display resolution, while the other is equipped with the advanced 4K resolution. Both variants should have 16 GB of random access memory (RAM) to say the least, while the Surface Pen is expected to be retained, while adding the new and faster USB-C port.