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

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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

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posted on 08 May 2017, 11:53 3

1. NoAllegiance (Posts: 401; Member since: 21 Mar 2016)

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.

posted on 08 May 2017, 12:00

2. Settings (Posts: 2331; Member since: 02 Jul 2014)

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

posted on 08 May 2017, 12:05

4. kiko007 (Posts: 5384; Member since: 17 Feb 2016)


posted on 08 May 2017, 12:30

6. BGChicago (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Nov 2014)

And profits (less expenses for support)

posted on 08 May 2017, 12:35 1

7. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 14501; Member since: 25 Sep 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

posted on 08 May 2017, 13:04 1

10. MrHate (Posts: 292; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 08 May 2017, 13:52

11. Finalflash (Posts: 3527; Member since: 23 Jul 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.

posted on 08 May 2017, 13:53

12. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 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.

posted on 08 May 2017, 22:54

15. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

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

Great thinking!

posted on 08 May 2017, 12:02

3. Obádárà (Posts: 179; Member since: 02 Nov 2015)


posted on 09 May 2017, 07:03

21. runzlord (Posts: 242; Member since: 13 Oct 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

posted on 08 May 2017, 12:17

5. Ordinary (Posts: 2451; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)

They should wait for new Cannonlake

posted on 08 May 2017, 22:55

16. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

The 10nm one.

posted on 08 May 2017, 12:40

8. technitude (Posts: 184; Member since: 19 Dec 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.

posted on 08 May 2017, 12:56

9. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 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 ( https://goo.gl/t1vTt5 )

- 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.

posted on 08 May 2017, 14:04 3

13. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 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!

posted on 08 May 2017, 22:56

17. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

Stop being a sickhead!

posted on 08 May 2017, 23:56 1

18. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Stop being a butthurt sheeple!

posted on 09 May 2017, 04:13 1

20. SIGPRO (Posts: 1882; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)

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

posted on 09 May 2017, 07:36

22. AmashAziz (Posts: 1479; Member since: 30 Jun 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?

posted on 08 May 2017, 16:14

14. LovesCameras (Posts: 51; Member since: 02 Dec 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.

posted on 09 May 2017, 03:20

19. TerryD (Posts: 118; Member since: 09 May 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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