Microsoft’s next powerhouse hybrid – the Surface Pro 5 – is going to pack a 4K display and a powerful new processor, apparently.
A new report claims that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will feature a 4K Ultra HD display, which would be a first for the series. By contrast, the Surface Pro 4 has a maximum 2,736 x 1,824 pixel resolution. The new information comes courtesy of tech site Mobipicker, citing anonymous industry sources from China “that have been fairly accurate in the past”.
The report alleges that the Surface Pro 5 may not come with a 4K panel as standard Instead, it suggests that Microsoft might offer it as a paid-for upgrade, while other Surface Pro 5 models will probably ship with a more conventional 2K screen.
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4
It’s also claimed that the Surface Pro 5 will feature Intel’s new 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors. The Kaby Lake processors aren’t out yet, but will arrive as a 14nm successor to Intel’s current-gen Skylake (also 14nm) microarchitecture. The Kaby Lake CPUs are expected to be more efficient, which could mean a better battery life for the end user (dependant on other factors, of course).
Unfortunately, the new leak doesn’t reveal any details about a potential release date. However, the Kaby Lake processors won’t enter volume production until the end of the year, suggesting that the Surface Pro 5 won’t arrive until at least late 2016 or early 2017.
In any case, we can’t verify this latest leak, so take it with a pinch of salt. Microsoft’s next hybrid could be over half a year away, so it’s still early days, and many parts of the device are still likely to be subject to change.
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