Microsoft to hold May 23rd event regarding Surface line; is the Surface Pro 5 to be unveiled?

Microsoft to hold May 23rd event regarding Surface line; is the Surface Pro 5 to be unveiled?
A tweet sent Thursday by Surface chief Panos Panay suggests that Microsoft's Surface division will be holding an event in Shanghai on May 23rd. We could see the introduction of the Surface Pro 5 and/or the Surface Book 2. And whenever Surface is involved in the introduction of a brand new or updated device, there is always talk about the possible introduction of the mythical Surface Phone.

Just yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that when Microsoft gets back into the handset business, the new models will break the mold, like the Surface line already does with tablets. And speaking about Surface tablets, a rumor we passed along to you last month indicated that there won't be too many changes with the Surface Pro 5. Windows source Paul Thurrott previously said that the new model will carry the Intel Kaby Lake processor. The latter is produced using the 14nm process, and as a result, it should give the tablet improved battery life while allowing it to run faster.

It has been 17 months since the release of the Surface Pro 4, which happens to be how long Microsoft waited to launch it following the release of the Surface Pro 3. So that means that the timing is finally right for the Surface Pro 5 to see the light of day. Again, the event will take place on May 23rd. Circle the date on your calendar and stay tuned!

source: @panos_panay via MobileSyrup



16. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm the theme of the Shanghai show is "Microsoft will show the World what's next" this indicates a new device will debut there. Microsoft corporate devices VP Mr Panos says there is no Surface Pro 5 Tablet. Another Microsoft exec says the Surface Pro 4 will get updated so look for a Surface Pro 4 Tablet and the Surface book CPU and a few other things updated and maybe a few accessory devices added. I thin the Surface Dual screen Mini Tablet will debut. the big questions are what type of CPU will it use Intel or ARMs, how muuh will it cost to buy it. how big are the screen.

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks I think the new device to be shown in Shanghai could be the Surface dual screen or fold-able screen "Mini" Tablet. Folks on the Web have already seen the 2 Patents on Microsoft Mini tablets which would probably sell at much much cheaper price than the Surface pro Tablet, Surface Book or the new Surface laptop. One of them could include a Cell phone inside the case to make the device a smart phone Pocket PC hybrid able to run full Win 32 desktop PC programs trough Microsoft's Windows on Arms software.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1270; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I feel skeptical about the rumored surface phone seeing how MS treated wp users in the past. If the surface phone is real it better be revolutionary!


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Think Surface phone is something for 2018, i am really curious about it. It will shake up the mobile world i think, at least it should but my expectations are high! MS already shook up the tablet/laptop world, ipads are the past Surface pro's kills them! So maybe they can also do it with a phone!

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

All I want on the SP5 is Thunderbolt 3 replacing the mini DP I'll probably wait for 2018 or 2019 SP I want a 10nm Intel chip or a 7nm or 10nm AMD chip

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"All I want on the SP5 is Thunderbolt 3 replacing the mini DP" Took the words right out my mouth. Without that, I simply have no compelling enough reason to upgrade my 512GB Surface Pro 2. Oh well, don't mind keeping my Surface Pro 2 for years to come, kept my HP Pavilion dv3510nr from 2008 till 2014...

11. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Ipads are not the past. It's just sales of ipads aren't growing as much because everyone already owns one and updating isn't necessary as often with these types of devices. Everyone I know owns an ipad not one person owns a surface pro. Market share is way higher for ipad just so you know. I don't think surface will become a viable contender for a while. I like it as a laptop and like the idea of writing on it like a notebook but it's not 100% touch friendly and the store lacks apps still. Better sure but nowhere near enough to compete with ipad. Take Edge, go to favourites, are those touch friendly? Nope. Small text, small icons, very little separation. Taskbar with all the icons isn't touch friendly either. I think they should make it like mobile with the start button centered when in tablet mode. Maybe they will with the adaptive shell. Anyways, MS definitely has the most potential in this segment. But Apple could be working on something too. It's tough to say. Apple just needs enough innovation to get people excited, doesn't have to be crazy.

1. Phonehex

Posts: 778; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Surface Phone !!

2. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Chances are really low, at least not at this moment. Other than user base and apps available issue, the whole W10M was full of bugs and feel like an incomplete OS, add up with their apps availability and user base, I don't think Microsoft would release any Surface phone now. To be fair, BB10 are much more fluid and better compare to current W10M. It's so sad at looking how fallen WP had become, compare to WP7 which is fluid and doesn't effect by any major bug, W10M seem like a rush product that end up in disaster.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

W10m was indeed full of bugs but that was just in the first year. No it is pretty stable and it has always been fluid! Don't know what kind of phone you used but is was never slow or laggy for me!

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 728; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

I am using 950XL, after yesterday update(Not sure was the creators update or not), but it did affect my notification settings, if you try to open up notification settings, it will lag for roughly 10 seconds before you can proceed to choose the notification option.


Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yep creators update, indeed i have the same issue on my 950XL :(

13. Subie

Posts: 2470; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

@ Arthurhkt, the Anniversary update's version number is 1607. If you received the Creator's update the version number should now be 1703 - I think. I still don't have it yet, but after reading your and SIGPRO's comments I'm not sure if I want it.

6. miketer

Posts: 549; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

But you go to agree with me that the Windows 10 Mobile keyboard has taken a nosedive, compared to the previous versions.

12. maikyvenger

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Microsoft CEO: "We're making sure that all of our software is available on iOS and Android and it's first class, and we're looking for what's the next change in form and function. What we've done with Surface is a good example. No one before us thought of 2-in-1s, and we created that category and made it a successful category to the point where there are more 2-in-1s coming. And that's what we want to do. So when you say we'll make more phones, I'm sure we'll make more phones, but they will not look like phones that are there today."

10. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

No there will be no phone. They will release a tablet eventually.

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