Microsoft Surface Pro 4
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If latest reports are to be believed, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 may come out anytime between March to June of this year. The device will reportedly be a significant upgrade over its predecessor, Surface Pro 4. Leaks have shown the device armed with Windows 10 feature. Another leak is basically a mention of the device on LinkedIn.

According to PC Advisor, the LinkedIn profile of Microsoft product designer Toby Fitch has revealed that he has worked on products such as HoloLens, Xbox and Surface Pro 5. While the whole world waits for some official information from Microsoft, it will be interesting to see how the upcoming device is more advanced than its predecessor, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. It is currently available in 128GB and 256GB storage options and 4GB/8GB/16GB RAM options. The model with the Intel Core m3 processor does not have a Surface Pen.

The Surface Pro 4 is also available in Intel Core i5 and i7 options. The highest configuration of the device has the 6th Gen Intel Core i7 processor, 256GB internal storage and 16GB RAM. There is a 12.3-inch PixelSense touchscreen display. The Surface Pen is included. The device is compatible with Surface Dial. The device with this configuration costs US$1,499 (AU$1,990 approx), reports Microsoft Store. The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to come with the Intel Kaby Lake chipset. The Core i7-7700 chip promises base clock speed of 3.6GHz and up to a 4.2GHz turbo speed.

The upcoming device is expected to sport 3,840 x 2,160 pixels screen resolution, significantly higher than Surface Pro 4’s 2,736 x 1,824 pixel display resolution. An Ultra HD display is a possibility in the Surface Pro 5. 1TB internal memory is also expected. While the predecessor is already a popular device, the successor could arrive thinner and lighter with improved portability. Microsoft need to ramp up the battery in the Surface Pro 5 to keep up with the premium specs.

Microsoft is also said to be working on the Surface Pen, redesigning it and making it recharge compatible. The newly-designed stylus will reportedly make life a lot easier for creative professionals. If the company decides to go with the Windows 10 Creators Update, Surface Pro 5 may have to wait a little longer. An ARM processor seems unlikely as the chipset is set to be released end of this year. Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on the Surface Pro 4 and 5 devices.