UPDATE: Microsoft has formally announced its next 2-in-1. All the details are available at: Microsoft Surface Pro Gets Faster Processor, Longer Battery Life, Loses Product Number and Surface Pen.
Most of the rumors reported below have been confirmed, but not all.
Looking forward to the Surface Pro 5? The next generation of Microsoft’s powerful two-in-one mobile computer is expected to have faster processors, a better screen, more RAM, and debut with the latest version of Windows.
Evan Blass of @evleaks may have scored another scoop, revealing the first pictures of Microsoft’s next 2-in-1. The device shown is all-but identical to the Surface Pro 4.
Blass didn’t reveal any of the hardware details of the device in his leaked images, but he did promise that he’d have them soon.
And he said that this product will be announced on Tuesday, May 23 in Shanghai, and will simply be dubbed the “Surface Pro”, without a model number.
It is virtually certain that the next Surface Pro will run seventh-generation Intel “Kaby Lake” processors.
This new generation of chips are improved versions of the 14nm Skylake series from 2015. They won’t be dramatically faster than their predecessors, but Intel is promising 12% to 19% improvements in real-world performance. Plus, the Kaby Lake chip will offer hardware-accelerated decoding and encoding of 4K video while using just 3.2 watts, and will enable 4K output at 60Hz over an HDMI cable. Hopefully, Intel also managed to iron out the power management issues that bedeviled Skylake-based devices like the Surface Pro 4 at launch.
Windows 10 Creators Update
Microsoft recently introduced the Windows 10 Creators Update, the second major upgrade to this operating system. For those who haven’t tried it yet, the Win10CU gives users of the Edge browser quick previews of their open tabs, making it easier to work with numerous ones at the same time. The application is also able to save a collection of tabs and then set them aside, ready to be reopened later as a group. Improvements in 3D VR, ebooks, and online payments are also included.
For more details, read our Windows 10 Creators Update: New Features, New Problems feature.
There’s been some debate about whether a USB Type-C port will replace the USB Type-A port that’s been a part of all earlier Surface Pro models. Bad news: there’s not one in the images from Evan Blass, and USB-C was left out of the new Surface Laptop.
A Surface Pen will supposedly still be bundled with Microsoft’s next tablet, and an add-on keyboard will be an option to be purchased separately. Blass’ leaked pictures include a color-coordinated wireless mouse as well.
Surface Pro 6?
Those who are feeling disheartened that the Surface Pro 5 might be just a “speed bump” version should take heart from comments made by Microsoft’s VP of Devices in early May. Our article Microsoft’s Panos Panay Promises “Meaningful Change” in Surface Pro Next covers this company’s philosophy for future 2-in-1 computers.