Microsoft Surface 5 specs rumors point to increased storage and Intel Kaby Lake processors

Microsoft Surface 5 specs rumors point to increased storage and Intel Kaby Lake processors
When maxed out, the Surface Pro 4 is a productivity force to be reckoned with, as it features an Intel chip, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of fast storage. However, the tablet, released in October last year, is positively due for a refresh. According to the most recent data, Microsoft is preparing various hardware and software upgrades for its fifth-generation tablet. First of all, the SSD storage of the top-line model could be increased to a massive 512GB.

Performance-wise, the tablet should benefit from Intel's Kaby Lake processor line-up, offering number crunching and battery life improvements. Microsoft might also upgrade connectivity with USB Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 ports, letting the tablet talk with the most recent of peripherals. Speaking of peripherals, the Surface Pen stylus will be awarded wireless charging capabilities with an included magnetic charging dock. There are speculations that the display resolution might be increased to 4K, as Intel's Kaby Lake architecture offers native 4K video support. But this doesn't mean that Microsoft will ride the ultra high-resolution train just yet, as all that pixel pushing will inevitably strain the hardware.

Still, MS could upgrade the screen with a built-in fingerprint scanner, as it has patented the required technology years ago. Scheduled for a possible release come Spring next year, the Surface Pro 5 is expected to run Windows 10 Redstone 3 right out of the box. The upcoming operating system will be focused on unifying the platform across all Windows devices, including the HoloLens virtual realty device. However, previous reports have suggested that Redstone 3 will be released Fall 2017, so we'd rather take this particular rumor with a grain of salt.

source: The BitBag

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20 Comments

1. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

My guess is they are giving time to the iPad and other tablets to catch up before releasing the 5 and obliterate them again.

5. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

the ipad has nothing to do with a Suface pro. totally different platform. clueless

8. patrioticwarrior

Posts: 134; Member since: Nov 09, 2016

True he is clueless I agree . The reality is just like iphones ipad is just a basic multimedia device . Whereas surface is a true powerhouse.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17094; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Same product segment, huge difference in power and functionality.

16. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Half ass tablet and half ass laptop. Cool idea, bad execution.

17. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Well price wise the iPad pro with accessories including the pen it's close to the surface with the keyboard cover so I think is a fair comparison, one could say that you don't need an expensive tablet that is also a laptop but the iPad pro is about as expensive and is nowhere near to be as useful as a laptop.

10. monoke

Posts: 1127; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Lol at bringing up ipads and android tablets when we're talking about a freaking computer here! Lol.

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No ipad or android tablet comes close to this MONSTER!

3. Sooraj2

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 11, 2015

Hope they are waiting for iris 640

6. hado86

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

There's a rumor of an extreme edition so I'm hoping for iris graphics too.

4. androidkin

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 03, 2016

The Surface Pro 4 offers storage up to 1TB, so the Pro 5 having 512GB would be a downgrade.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Maybe the 1TB model.osnt selling all that well. I mean it's a bit pricy.

7. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Hoping for highly binned Kaby Lake chips and good Iris Graphics improvements because the i7 7700K CPU benchmarks were underwhelming (it barely beat the i7 6700K through clockspeed and consumed more power to do so). Maybe they could squeeze a cheap AMD Zen version for us peasants. Or a GTX 1050 mobile version for PC master wannabes.

11. Ikechukwu

Posts: 246; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Been dreaming about owning a surface pro since the very first one. I'll gladly wait till I can get (AFFORD!!!) a 16GB RAM, 1 TB and fairly decent integrated GPU version. Maybe the pro 7? ha!

13. therealbigrich

Posts: 20; Member since: Jun 13, 2014

Love the Surface line just to expensive for me . I bought a ASUS laptop a while ago that if I went for the Surface Book equivalent would of cost about a grand more .

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

If you have no use for the pen + tablet form-factor, like this ( http://sck.pm/g9p ), this ( http://sck.pm/yxO ) or this ( http://sck.pm/Ftj ), you're definitely better off with an OEM alternative...otherwise, a true OEM equivalent (with pen + tablet form-factor) would be of similar price tag.

14. ColinW

Posts: 412; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

The surface does not really need a fingerprint scanner, Windows Hello works very well already.

18. stee5011

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Surface pro 4 is already having a 512GB SSD option

20. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I would never take this out of the house so the question is this or a desktop? Maybe a laptop or air book ?

21. Renetemp

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 05, 2016

What are you babbling, the Surface 4 Pro can be had with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB or 1TByte of storage. Please do at least the minimum research to write the article

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