Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, specs: hybrid laptop to be released in 2017?

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It has been almost a year since Microsoft released the Surface Pro 4, and tech watchers are now waiting for the next iteration of the device to be released sometime this year. Earlier rumors claimed that the hybrid device would be announced in May 2016 and released the following month, but this did not come to pass. While many are expecting that the Surface Pro 5 will be released during the holiday season, a new report suggests that the device might not make an appearance until 2017.

According to PC Advisor, it appears that a 2017 release for the Surface Pro 5 might be in the cards as evidenced by a photo released by the website. The picture was reportedly taken by a developer and shows a wall in Microsoft’s Building 88 during a recent visit. Placeholders for three Surface Pro devices which say “2017” on them can be seen in the photo, as well as one placeholder which says “2016.”

Based on the photo, it seems like Microsoft is getting ready to launch more than one Surface Pro model next year. It’s also possible that the tech giant will release one Surface Pro this year, though Microsoft has yet to make an official announcement about the highly anticipated device.

The next Surface Pro model is expected to come with a lot of new features, including an upgraded Surface Pen. The current stylus attaches magnetically but is not rechargeable, and it has to have an alkaline AAAA battery to work. The new Surface Pen is said to be updated with a rechargeable battery that charges once attached magnetically to the tablet.

It was also said that the device could have the latest Intel processor, while some claim that it could be powered by a sixth-generation Skylake chip. It was also suggested that one Surface Pro model could come with a 2K screen, while a 4K version will also be available for those who want to splurge on a better model. As for the price, the Surface Pro 5 is estimated to start at $990.