Microsoft Surface Pro 5 & Macbook Pro 2016 specs, features, release date: Two most-anticipated laptops of 2016

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Microsoft Surface Pro
An attendee wearing Google glass uses the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, during the event in New York May 20, 2014. Reuters/Brendan McDermid

The two most-anticipated laptops of 2016, Microsoft Surface Pro 5 and Apple Macbook Pro 2016, have been subjects of intense speculation by tech enthusiasts. If one is planning to buy any one of the two in near future, making a decision might be difficult as both are amazing devices to possess.

Both Microsoft Surface Pro 5 and Apple Macbook Pro 2016 are capable of fulfilling all computing needs. Hence, one cannot go wrong with either of the two.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5
It’s hard to outdo this laptop as the upcoming 2-in-1 device from Microsoft is expected to feature the Intel Kaby Lake processors as well as the latest Windows 10 update. It will have a much better battery capacity compared to its predecessor Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and also a better stylus.

Fans are expecting an Ultra HD Display of 4K quality and 3,840 × 2,160 pixels screen resolution. The Surface Pro 5 is believed to be a gaming-oriented laptop with AMD graphics processor “Polaris” or NVIDIA’s Pascal. Rumours suggest the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will replace the current AAAA battery-powered stylus with a Surface Pen.

Up to now there has been little information as to its release date though an early 2017 release is possible. Some also believe the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will get an October release. For more details, click here.

Apple Macbook Pro 2016
Also believed to be released later this year, the Macbook Pro 2016 is expected to receive a massive makeover from its earlier generations. The company has teased “radical changes” such as an ultra-fast second gen USB 3.1. If Apple Macbook Pro 2016 does come with a USB 3.1 support, it would have transfer speeds of up to 10GB/sec, writes GameNGuide.

Moreover, the highly-publicised OLED touch bar may replace its function keys. Thunderbolt 3 for the Apple Macbook Pro 2016 is also a possibility. It supports both 10GB/sec USB 3.1 ports as well as DisplayPort 1.2.

Intel's new Skylake platform may also be included, which will provide higher CPU powers and better battery life. Experts believe the Apple Macbook Pro 2016 will have the Intel Kaby Lake processor. Apple's Touch ID fingerprint recognition technology is also expected.

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