Microsoft Surface Pro 5 to be released only when it can bring meaningful changes

Launched in October 2015, the Surface Pro 4 (pictured above) will soon be 2 years old, so it's about time for Microsoft to unveil a Surface Pro 5, right? Well, maybe not.

Panos Panay, Vice President of Devices at Microsoft, recently talked to Cnet about the future of the Surface line, mentioning that "there's no such thing as a Pro 5." This, however, doesn't mean that there won't be a Surface Pro 5 sometime in the future.

Panay said that a fifth-generation Surface Pro would only be released when it can bring "meaningful" changes - which may not necessarily mean "hardware changes" (though we did hear that the next Surface Pro would feature a new, speedier processor). Reportedly, Microsoft is planning to bring "an experiential change that makes a huge difference in product line" - that's what the Surface Pro 5 should be about.

But when should we expect to see a fifth-gen Surface Pro? Panos Panay won't say, so we don't really know if it's going to happen this year. However, Microsoft is hosting a Surface event later this month, on May 23, so maybe we'll hear more about this on that day.

Meanwhile, the Surface Pro 4 certainly remains a great convertible tablet, especially if we're talking about the higher-end models with Intel Core i7 processors. It's just that the Pro 4 will soon need a successor - here's hoping Microsoft is working on that, despite Panay's "there's no such thing as a Pro 5" affirmation.

source: Cnet



1. NoAllegiance unregistered

If only smartphone companies thought like that, there wouldn't be much disappointment. Also better after sales support. But releasing nothing new an entire year is not very good unless you are Nokia.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Exactly, why release literally a phone every week when you cant even support all of it?

4. kiko007

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6. BGChicago

Posts: 228; Member since: Nov 16, 2014

And profits (less expenses for support)

7. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

When it comes to PC's, there doesn't need to be a new one every year, especially in the case of the Surface. It would just be the same computer over an over. Microsoft doesn't have to rush. For one,no one makes a Surface but them. Even with other PC OEM's releasing a tablet PC often, they aren't a Surface. I have a SP4. Most PC's last 5+ years before they need ot be replaced. SO if there is no SP5 this year...SO WHAT! Even if there was, I wouldnt buy it, because it won't offer anything new. Which is their point. Apple and others should consider the same. If you release a product every year,m and don't really bring nothign new to the table, then what is the point? Which is how its been for the last 5 iPad, the last 3 iPhones. the 2 Galaxy S' and so many more products

10. MrHate

Posts: 318; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

So you are telling me there is no meaningful difference between the iPad 3 and the iPad Pro? k

11. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Even those products get a hardware bump though. The surface pro 4 is what it was when it released. I have the pro 3 and have been waiting on the bump so I can fully commit to it (at the moment I am running the pro 3 plus a gaming laptop). If they release a pro 5 with thunderbolt 3, I can finally go full on with just the surface pro 5 and an external GPU enclosure.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

This has been Apples approach for mobile and computers. That why the iPhone technically only releases a real update to their phones every two years. The "S" model is just a refresh to keep up with the market, but not really new. The iPad and Macs are even more spread out with real updates.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You say the iPhone 6S didn't bring anything new over the iPhone 6?? Great thinking!

3. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015


21. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Do you even use a PRO 4? I guess NO!, so why need a PRO 5? the PRO is still a top of the class Tablet even till today! no need for a PRO unless they are really adding something meaningful

5. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They should wait for new Cannonlake

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The 10nm one.

8. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

There are so many things that can be done, I find it weird that they are claiming that no big innovations can happen. I can think of 3 things that only Microsoft is well suited to implement. And I'd also like to see USB-Cs, a more natural pen experience, and other features.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

A Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port along with a Surface dock that can take any Desktop class GPU is a very meaningful change. From the Tablet that can replace your Laptop to the Tablet that can replace your Laptop and High-end Desktop. That's all I'm waiting for before I consider upgrading my Surface Pro 2. Any of the following improvements/enhancements would also be very welcome: - An active digitizer pen that can also sense colors and textures from real-world objects, similar to what they patented ( ) - A keyboard connector port that's identical to that of the Surface Book, enabling a vast array of accessories. You could use something like the Surface Book's keyboard to upgrade not merely the keyboard, but also ports, trackpad, GPU, battery life and possibly even the sound card for more audiophile applications. I'd gladly give up compatibility with earlier Type covers to gain all that. - 3D sensing high quality cameras. Applications like Office Lens + OneNote, 3D Capture + Paint 3D, and View mixed reality make a camera very practical on a Tablet form-factor.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Big up for Microsoft! Not like Apple every new ipad is quipped with minimalistic upgrades.....but hey as long as Sheep are buying Apple does not care!

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Stop being a sickhead!

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Stop being a butthurt sheeple!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Sheep will be Sheep, and you know i am right! You got ripped by apple!

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It depends on what we wanted and expected. And what our opinions are. Personally, I never got ripped by Apple. Stop forcing your opinion upon others. That was my point. And to me, iPad Pro wasn't equipped with minimal upgrades over the iPad Air 2. Did you think id was?

14. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

I bought a Surface Pro (the first) only a few months after released, gifted mom. It works great still, even battery charge seems pretty good for the age. So if MS releases a more expensive model with Thunderbolt I'm game, that's a keeper.

19. TerryD

Posts: 561; Member since: May 09, 2017

They can sort out the tablet/pen for starters. You get wiggly lines when you draw a diagonal line slowly. The tracking isn't great anyway. When you write it dampens movement so you end up with a scawl instead of your usual handwriting. Compared to the Apple Pencil its a complete roadcrash. The only thing going for it is the changeable tips for different friction levels. The HP X2 1012 has a much better pen that's actually usable. The Surface pen is only useful doodling and the odd scribbled note.

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