Report: Surface Pro 5 to employ a new processor but overall has very few changes

Report: Surface Pro 5 to employ a new processor but overall has very few changes
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was released in October 2015. That means it has been a year and a half since it hit the market. Unlike smartphones, many of which are refreshed and updated every 12-months or a bit sooner, the tablet market does not require a new model to be made available so often. But we should be getting close to the unveiling and release of the Surface Pro 5. For example, Microsoft waited 17 months between the release of the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.

According to a new report, there will not be that many changes between the current Surface Pro slab and the next one. Windows expert Paul Thurrott says that he has been told by a source that the Surface Pro 5 will be powered by the Intel Kaby Lake processor. That, notes Thurrott, is the big change coming to the Surface Pro 5. The chip is made using a 14nm process. Using the new processor should make the Surface Pro 5 speedier than its predecessor, and should also add improved battery life to the new slate.

The Surface Pro 5 will continue to employ the proprietary Surface Connect power connector, according to Thurrott. That means that you shouldn't expect to see Microsoft put a Type-C USB port on the device. 

source: Thurrott via Newsfactor

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31 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

No full Thunderbolt 3 USB Type C port and at least 1 full size USB 3.0 port (not all type C ports), no purchase. Don't mind keeping my 512GB SSD Surface Pro 2 even longer...

3. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

It will probably have USB C ports, no chance it won't. Hopefully, they start some sort of trade in program so older surface models can get traded in for some credit towards a new one. I have a surface pro 3 256gb i7 model. Very good overall but I want a faster model with more smoother pen tracking.

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5623; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

My guess is it has: *Surface Connect power connector *full sized USB *Thunderbolt 3 (replaces the Mini DisplayPort)

26. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

That's literally what I want. Don't mind selling my Mini DisplayPort dongle and cable if they replace the port with a Thunderbolt 3 port.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

@Finalflash Merely a USB Type C port isn't enough, that brings no real benefit as TechieXP stated. It has to be fully Thunderbolt 3 capable to be worthwhile IMO, that's what I'm waiting for in a Surface Pro.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Sounds like you want a Mac, so go get one. The Surface is meant to be powerful when plugged in and efficient when not. Thunderbolt is useless for the vast majority of users, and I think USB Type C brings no real benefit. More RAM for the same price would be more useful and doubling ththe storage size would be nice.

19. technitude

Posts: 263; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

In the near future, things like Flash sticks and other gadgets will port through UTypeC. So, I wouldn't write it off so quickly. I imagine most people buying this product will still be using it in 3 years (2020). I think Type C will pass Type A by then.

24. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Sounds like you have no clue of what Thunderbolt 3 offers, and them donglebooks don't even offer the full capabilities of it unless you install Windows on them ( https://youtu.be/JirCwapScUs?t=5m54s )...do your research dude. "The Surface is meant to be powerful when plugged in and efficient when not." And a Thunderbolt 3 port further extends that, by adding the ability to connect to a high-end Desktop Graphics card when docked. Merely a USB Type C port isn't enough, that brings no real benefit as you said. It has to be fully Thunderbolt 3 capable.That will be the gateway to a Tablet not only replacing your Laptop, but also your high-end Desktop. Enabling you to have an extremely portable yet still capable device while on the go, and a high-end Desktop when docked at your desk. Then and only then will I have a compelling enough reason to upgrade from my Surface Pro 2.

2. Martineverest

Posts: 521; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

waiting for surface mini with snapdragon

4. Eclectech

Posts: 339; Member since: May 01, 2013

They really don't have to make many changes for it to remain an awesome device.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It really is a great device. I'm using a SP4 for work and the 3:2 screen aspect ratio is just ideal, the 12" SP4 screen has the same height as a conventional 13.3" laptop with the 16:10 screen ratio.

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Still the best tablets around, 100x better then those crappy ipads!

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Nah. It's 100x's times better than any ARM tablet period. Including and especially the iPad.

21. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

For use as a tablet it's not even close. For a laptop it's not as good as the macs. It's a hybrid for those who want it but it doesn't stand out in either.

31. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"For use as a tablet it's not even close" Yeah right, keep telling yourself that despite it topping the toyPad in Tablet satisfaction ( https://goo.gl/DUzZUj )... "For a laptop it's not as good as the macs" It's way better than them donglebooks as a professional Laptop, thanks to its loads of useful ports that require no dongles to use them...

7. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks into using Microsoft's Surface Pro tablets wanted 1= the new CPU's and they got them.2= they Wanted a USB "C" port it looks like it wont come in this Model. 3=Surface Pro tablet users wanted 4G LTE to get away from having to depend on finding a WIFI location on the Road. 4=they want it cost less to buy.(there will be sales to get rid of Surface Pro 4 models to clear the inventory that will help people who want one to get one) US Microsoft smart phone Fans are hurting for a New flagship Windows 10 mobile smart phone from Microsoft itself it's been 18 month since the debut of the 950 & the 950 XL. Yoo Microsoft where is the "Surface" smart phone

14. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I'm pretty sure the USB C port is virtually guaranteed IF it supplements the existing port. Of course, if the SP5 continues to have only one USB port, that will not be USB C because compatibility is one of Microsoft's strengths.

8. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The Surface is already perfect. Their is nothing that can be done to make it better.

12. Charlie2k

Posts: 111; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

No big deal not changing the design. Clearly. According to the report, which no journalist ever want to write about for some reason, Microsoft crushed in the tablet satisfaction survey...http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/jd-power-2017-us-tablet-satisfaction-study

13. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

I love my surface pro 4 and I purchased it pretty late in the game and it still has mad light bleed. Fix that. But besides the light bleed, nothing else wrong with it.

15. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

All I want is 24 hour battery life, There is already laptops that have this. Like Lenovo thinkpad and the Gram. Why cant this tablet/laptop have it?

16. vuyonc

Posts: 1088; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

If perfection can't be improved, it can expanded; USB C port capable of recharging, budget quad core Raven Ridge APU options (teraflops level performance should be easy), full 10 bit colour support with Shader Model 6 baked in the software and a bigger battery.

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

I waited two years for this? :( Hope at least the Surface Book 2 delivers.

20. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

well they've perfected the design of the surface after many iteration so for now they're just updating the hardware the surface book on the otherhand will have big changes

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Surface Pro 5 all the way!

22. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Too bulky. Wouldn't leave the house. I will take a desktop for home and a tablet for mobility.

23. LovesCameras

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 02, 2015

All of them with 4.5W Intel processors, which means passive cooling and lower battery comsumption. Considering the Surface Studio doesn't come with USB-C or Thunderbolt 3, it's safe to assume it will be released with miniDP and a single USB-A. The proprietary magnetic power connector is far more durable than USB-C. Now expecting other improvements, such as a higher DPI screen, stylus with more presume levels, faster SSD...

27. TomMariner

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

Nice comments -- OK, where's mine! Want it NOW! Broke the screen on my Surface Pro 3 and have great excuse to get the first one off the shelf. The proprietary magnetic power connector is genius -- it not only tells me when the thing is getting juice, but pulls off without breaking anything every time a week I walk away with my insanely portable computer still plugged in.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Why not just fix it. Cheaper than a new one.

30. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

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