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

The Microsoft Surface Pro range of ultraportable devices is facing a stiff competition from both Apple and Samsung. The tablet has been compared with the Galaxy TabPro S2 that Samsung is reportedly working on. It could also be unveiled at the MWC 2017 along with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. Some of the specs expected in the Galaxy TabPro S2 are 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM, 13MP primary camera, Intel Core i5-7200U (Kaby Lake) processor and Windows 10 OS. There are various reports on the price of the device.

According to Trusted Reviews, the Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2 launched with a price tag of £850 (AU$1,400 approx). The price of the Galaxy TabPro S2 will likely be in the same range or a bit more. Meanwhile, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 device could soon be revealed, which will go head-to-head with TabPro S2. The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is rumoured to come with Windows 10 Redstone 3 update, also known as the Creators Update. This could also mean a 4K display with incredible display quality.

While it will consume the larger portion of the battery, this is where Kaby Lake chipsets will help in power optimisation. The battery should also be upgraded as Surface Pro 4’s battery was heavily criticised. USB Type-C ports supporting Thunderbolt 3 are also expected. A 16GB RAM could be incorporated in a high-end variant. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2 is expected to come out in four variants, namely, Windows Home (Wi-Fi only), Windows Home (LTE), Windows Pro (Wi-Fi Only), and Windows Pro (LTE).

The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2 is believed to come with a highly-upgraded processor, just like Microsoft Surface Pro 5. This has been revealed by fan holes on the top left of the casing. Smaller chips do not require fan holes. Leaks have revealed certain specs of the device. They are 12-inch Super AMOLED screen, Windows 10 Home or Pro, Quad HD (2,160 x 1,440 pixels, 216ppi) display, integrated Intel HD Graphics 620, 5,070mAh battery, 25W Turbo Charger, Bluetooth 4.1, 2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n/AC Wi-Fi, LTE (optional) and S-Pen and Keyboard Cover, reports Auto World News.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will reportedly be a very expensive tablet, mainly because of the upgrades incorporated. It will be much more advanced than its predecessor. The base model of the hybrid could come with a Core M Kaby Lake chip and the more premium variants will have the i5 and i7 chipsets. It will also come with a magnetic charging stylus, Surface Pen and a much higher resolution than Surface Pro 4. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on Samsung Galaxy TabPro S2 and Microsoft Surface Pro 5.