Microsoft Surface Pro
Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 is seen during the launch of their Surface 2 tablets in New York September 23, 2013. Reuters/Shannon Stapleton

Microsoft is said to be developing a Surface Phone and also developing an upgraded version of the Surface Pro 4, the Surface Pro 5. Tech enthusiasts are divided in their opinion as to when the two highly-anticipated devices will be released. While some believe they will be unveiled in March, others think it’s April. Earlier it was reported that the Surface Pro 5 will be released in the first quarter of 2017 and since then has been subjected to a lot of speculation.

According to Tech Times, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is rumoured to sport an Intel 7th Generation Kaby Lake processor. The device is expected to come out in three processor variants namely, Core M (dual core), Core i5 (dual-core with two threads), and Core i7 (quad-core with eight threads). Higher processor speeds and better battery life are two highly-anticipated boosts fans are expecting in the Surface Pro 5.

A 12.5-inch 4K screen is also expected in the device that will offer 3D support at 60fps. Microsoft may also drop the Super AMOLED screens in favour of an IPS touch one. The device may run on the Windows 10 Redmond 3 version. Storage versions of 16GB and 32GB are expected. The Surface Pro 5 will likely support 512GB to 1TB storage SSD. Microsoft is also expected to severely enhance Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and camera of Surface Pro 5.

A fingerprint scanner and trackpad may be incorporated into the device. It may also have an upgraded Surface Pen. The stylus could have a rechargeable battery capable of being recharged wirelessly when docked into the tablet. Microsoft may be waiting for the Kaby Lake processor to be implemented. Hence, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date may be pushed back further. The starting price of the device could be US$899 (AU$1,200).

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