Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Launch May 23? Will It Or Won't It?

Posted: May 15 2017, 6:05am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 16 2018, 10:36am CDT , in Technology News


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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Launch May 23? Will it or Won't It?

A refreshed Surface Pro 4 is likely

Microsoft is feeling the pressure when it comes to new competition in the tablet PC market. For a long time if you wanted what you could consider a "real" laptop in a tablet form factor the Surface Pro 4 was the only ticket to that party. That's not the case now with many manufacturers offering up devices similar to the Surface Pro 4 with one big difference.

Samsung, Google, Lenovo, and Acer have tablets that at least on paper compete with the Surface Pro 4 AND include a keyboard accessory in the price. If you drop your money on a Surface Pro 4 in any configuration, you have to cough up another $130 for the keyboard accessory and we all know if you really want to use the Pro 4, that keyboard is a must have.

Microsoft exec Panos Panay teased us all when you tweeted about a May 23 Surface event in Shanghai. Later Panay came back and said that there would only be a Surface Pro 5 when it would be a "meaningful" change.

"There's no such thing as a Pro 5," said Panay. "When it's meaningful and the change is right, we'll put it on market, Meaningful change isn't necessarily a hardware change, which is what a lot of people look for. They're like, 'Where's the latest processor?' That's not what I mean. I'm looking for an experiential change that makes a huge difference in product line," he explains.

That said, Panay did tag up the tweet with #Surface. So what else could the event be for? We already have a new Surface notebook. Panay said that there is no Surface Pro 5 so maybe that is our big hint. We have long suspected that before the Surface Pro 5 lands, we will see a refreshed Surface Pro 4.

I think that will be what the May 23 event is for. Best guesses would be an updated Surface Pro 4 (there is no Surface Pro 5 according to Panay) with Kaby Lake processors. That processor upgrade will likely be accompanied by options for more RAM and storage. USB connectivity is expected along with a 3820 x 2560 resolution, a reachable stylus and larger battery.

With all the competition in the segment right now I think that the biggest thing Microsoft could do to give itself a massive boost in the segment and secure the top spot would be to include the keyboard accessory in the rumored $900 purchase price. I think that a refreshed Surface Pro 4 with more of everything with the keyboard included would make Surface fans very happy indeed and wouldn't make Panay a liar.

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