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The store of Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company Microsoft (MSFT) is seen in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 22, 2016. Reuters/Lucy Nicholson

Fresh reports suggest that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 launch will be delayed. The company may make the highly-anticipated device available in 2017. After the resounding success of Microsoft Surface Pro 4, the Surface Pro 5 is eagerly awaited by fans.

The release date delay rumours may not upset fans as a 2017 launch opens up the possibility of Microsoft including the Intel Kaby Lake processor in the Surface Pro 5 device. Even though Microsoft is yet to release any information, there are multiple indications suggesting the Kaby Lake processor will run the show for Microsoft Surface Pro 5.

The Kaby Lake processors won’t be ready until end of this year and hence cannot be shipped to the Surface team now. This could be the primary reason for the delay in the launch of Microsoft Surface Pro 5. Furthermore, the device will have the updated Windows 10. The Redstone 2 update is not arriving till spring of 2017, writes iTechPost.

All this point towards a 2017 release for Microsoft Surface Pro 5. Microsoft is expected to hold a hardware launch event in late October. However, Microsoft may not be announcing anything on Surface Pro 5 in that event.

Instead, Microsoft would be looking to “refresh” its Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices. There will be minor changes and a processor update, writes Neowin. Nonetheless, fans believe Microsoft will reveal something about Surface Pro 5 during that event.

Meanwhile, the Microsoft Surface Phone 2016 is rumoured to have a Carl Zeiss lens in its 21MP rear camera and 8MP front camera, which will also sport a triple-LED flash. The USB Type-C port will also be made available for lightning speed data transfer and rapid charging.

For more updates on Microsoft Surface Pro 5 and Microsoft Surface Phone 2016, stay tuned on IBT AU.