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Microsoft Surface Pro 5: New Surface Pro specs, price, release date and latest rumours

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Everything you need to know about the new Surface Pro

Looking for information on the new Surface Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro 5? You’ve come to the right place. Here are all the details, including release date, design, features, specs, and UK price.

Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4 way back in 2015, leaving fans waiting an age for a successor. Many speculated that this would be the Surface Pro 5, but it didn’t work out that way.

Instead, Microsoft through us a curveball with the announcement of a new laptop-tablet hybrid that’s simply called Surface Pro. It was announced an an event in Shanghai, China in May, and is scheduled to land as soon as June.

Read on for all the latest information about the new Surface Pro, as well as the original Surface Pro 5 rumours below.

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New Surface Pro Release Date: When is UK shipping?

Microsoft announced the new Surface pro on May 23, 2017 in China, but the tablet will be launching globally.

According to Microsoft, the new Surface Pro UK release date will be June 15, 2017, which is very soon.

You can buy place a pre-order for the device below:

Buy Now: Pre-order Surface Pro at Microsoft starting from £799

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New Surface Pro Design, Features and Specs

Like before, the new Surface Pro is a Windows 10 tablet that can transform into a laptop through the addition of an attachable keyboard.

Unlike the lower-end Surface devices, the Surface Pro is intended to compete with big hitters like the Apple MacBook, which is why you can get it in a range of configurations. Importantly, you can get Intel Core i7 processors, which should provide enough computing heft for most users’ needs.

The advantage of the new Surface Pro over its predecessor however, is the introduction of Intel’s 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors, which are more powerful and efficient than 6th-gen equivalents. This is part of the reason why Microsoft is able to claim a newly-heightened battery life of 13.5 hours for the new Surface Pro

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All configurations feature a 12.3-inch PixelSense screen with 10-point multi-touch. The display resolution is a fairly generous 2736 x 1824 pixels, which works out at a pixel density of 267ppi.

As is always the case with Surface devices, the new Surface Pro comes in a raft of storage and memory configurations. For memory, you can choose between 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of 1866MHz LPDDR3 RAM. And on the storage front, there are SSDS ranging from 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and even 1TB on the most expensive model.

There are two cameras built into each new Surface Pro. The rear-facing camera captures 8-megapixel images, and supports Full HD video. The front camera also supports Full HD video – as well as Windows Hello log-ins – but has offers smaller 5-megapixel capture.

The entire machine weighs anywhere from 768 grams to 784 grams, making it feathery compared to a MacBook. It’s also just 8.5mm thin, which is about the same as your average smartphone.

There are stereo speakers that support Dolby Audio Premium, alongside a wide range of ports that includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort, a 3.5mm audio jack, Surface Connet, and a MicroSDXC card reader.

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All models support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 connections as standard, but you can upgrade to a machine with 4G/LTE support built-in for an additional fee.

Here are the various Surface Pro configurations, with pricing:

CPU RAM Storage Price
Config 1

Intel Core m3

4GB 128GB £799
Config 2

Intel Core i5

4GB 128GB £979
Config 3

Intel Core i5

8GB 256GB £1,249
Config 4

Intel Core i7

8GB 256GB £1,549
Config 5

Intel Core i7

16GB 512GB £2,149
Config 6

Intel Core i7

16GB 1TB £2,699

Buy Now: Pre-order Surface Pro at Microsoft starting from £799

That’s it for the new Surface Pro, but below you’ll find the rumours for the Surface Pro 5 pre-launch. Note that we’re still expecting a Surface Pro 5 to land eventually, but probably not any time soon.

Original Surface Pro 5 rumours article:

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is sure to be a hugely popular hybrid, but a device officially called the Surface Pro 5 has yet to break cover, with 2017 seeing a new Surface Pro update instead. Here's everything we know about Microsoft's new 2-in-1, including its UK release date, specs, price and features – plus the latest news and rumours about Microsoft's next Surface Pro.

As expected, Microsoft used its May 23 event in Shanghai to unveil a new Surface Pro device, although it's not the Surface Pro 5. Read on to find out more.

There’s no shortage of leaks about Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5, with the latest rumours suggesting that the hybrid will feature a 4K display and Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors, which were announced back in August 2016.

For the unaware, the Surface Pro series is Microsoft’s 2-in-1 range of Windows 10 devices. It features a screen with a kickstand, a keyboard base, and a Surface Pen stylus. Unlike the standard Surface series, the Surface Pro range features high-end hardware, like Intel's full-fat Core i7 processors.

The Surface Pro 5 is the next iteration of the series, and you can read all about it below.

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Latest Surface Pro 5 News

When does the Surface Pro 5 come out? Early 2017

What’s new about the Surface Pro 5? Rumoured: 4K screen, Kaby Lake CPU, USB-C

How much will the Surface Pro 5 cost? Best guess: £700 - £1,000

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Release Date UK & US

It seems we’re still unable to pin a specific release date on the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, but we can certainly make some educated guesses. For reference, here are previous Surface Pro announcement and release dates:

As you can see, Microsoft’s announcement strategy is sporadic; that’s not ideal when you’re trying to find a pattern. What is obvious, however, is the Microsoft appears to release Surface Pro devices within a month after the announcement. Of course, there’s no saying that Microsoft will continue that tradition going forward.

It’s also worth noting that Paul Thurott, renowned Microsoft sage, expects the Surface Pro 5 (and the Surface Book 2) to arrive in Spring 2017. However, that Spring window is nearly over.

Microsoft held a media event on May 2, 2017, and despite speculation that we may see a Surface Pro 5, there was no new convertible. Instead, we saw the launch of the Surface Laptop, Microsoft's bid to take on Apple's MacBook Air.

Microsoft's annual Build developer conference is being held in mid-May, but it's looking increasingly unlikely that the Surface Pro 5 will be announced there either.

Speaking to CNet in early May, Panos Panay, CVP for Surface Computing at Microsoft, confirmed that “there’s no such thing as a Pro 5” at the current time.

“When it’s meaningful and the change is right, we’ll put [the next generation Surface Pro] on market,” Panay explained.

He continued: “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.”

Panay added that the Surface Pro 4 is a product that “is going to by competitive for five years”, and that “you’ll see that same meaningful impact when Pro 5, or Pro Next, hits the market”.

On May 23, 2017, Microsoft did announce a brand new Surface Pro device at its Shanghai, China event, but it wasn't the Surface Pro 5. Instead, it was an upgraded version of the Surface Pro 4 with some minor tweaks that's being branded simply as 'Surface Pro'. In the new laptop, you'll find 7th-gen Intel Kaby Lake processors and an improved battery life.

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Disclaimer: This is the Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Features

Microsoft will want the Surface Pro 5 to keep you from buying a high-end laptop or tablet, so it’s definitely going to pack some seriously powerful hardware. You can bet it’ll be running Windows 10, too. Here’s what we expect to see from Microsoft’s next flagship hybrid.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Leaks

The first (and perhaps the least convincing of the leaks) is an image Microsoft’s own website. There’s a picture of a Surface device in the French press hub that’s named "win10-feature-surface-pro-5-z”. Unfortunately, we’re guessing this is probably more likely to be a typo in file naming, rather than an early admission of the Surface Pro 5’s existence.

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But the second leak is far more substantial. On the LinkedIn profile of Toby Fitch, a contracted product designer who has worked with Microsoft since June last year, there is a mention of the device:

“The team is focused on R&D and creating new speech models with multidisciplinary design approach for devices of the future including but not limited to: HoloLens, Surface Pro 5, Xbox.”

Perhaps tellingly, Fitch’s LinkedIn profile now has a blank section where the job description for his role at Microsoft should be.

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Screen

The Surface Pro 4 has a great screen; we’re talking about a 2,736 x 1,824 pixel IPS LCD panel with a pixel density of 267ppi. At laptop-using distance, that’s more than enough pixels to provide a clear and sharp picture. It’s also slightly more pixel-dense than Apple’s iPad Pro, so there doesn’t seem to be a huge incentive to boost the screen resolution – especially considering the potential reduction to battery life.

Despite power-efficiency concerns, a Surface Pro 5 featuring a 4K/UHD display seems to be one of the most popular rumours. We’ve seen multiple sources suggesting a screen with 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (16:9) or 3,840 x 2,560 pixels (3:2). We’d suggest that the latter is more likely, since Microsoft has been using a 3:2 aspect ratio since the Surface Pro 3.

Unfortunately, when you consider the potential battery life sacrifice and cost increase of adding a 4K display, the minor benefits hardly seem worth it. We’d be surprised if a 4K screen was offered, except perhaps as a top-spec option – but certainly not as standard, in any case.

Surface BookThe Surface Pro series isn't quite as powerful as the Surface Book

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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Specs

The biggest upgrade we’re expecting to see from the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is a move to Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors.

2015’s Surface Pro 4 was built on the old Skylake architecture, but those dark days are long behind us. With this summer’s introduction of Kaby Lake, Intel processors are now capable of boosted clock speeds and faster clock speed changes, thanks (in part) to an improved 14nm manufacturing process. There’s also a better graphics core to boot. We’d be extremely surprised if Microsoft chose Skylake over Kaby Lake – and pretty disappointed, too.

It's very, very unlikely that Microsoft would use processors older than Kaby Lake, given that the new 'Surface Pro' uses Kaby Lake.

It’s also worth noting that Intel is currently working on a new chip architecture called Cannonlake, which is a long-awaited upgrade to a more efficient 10nm manufacturing process. That means Cannonlake chips have the potential to be more powerful and less power-hungry. Unfortunately, we’re not expecting Cannonlake chips until the second half of 2017, so it’s unlikely that the Surface Pro 5 ship with Cannonlake on board.

We've also seen a report from PC Advisor that claims we'll see a version of the Surface Pro 5 that doesn't run on an Intel chip. Instead, it's expected that we'll see a variant using AMD's new Ryzen 7 chip.

So what else? Well, it’s almost guaranteed that the Surface Pro 5 will be available in a bunch of different configurations. Expect low-power Intel Core M chips and high-power Intel Core I chips to be on offer, as well as varying amounts of RAM and storage, and a number of different screen sizes and resolutions.

It also seems highly likely that Microsoft will add a USB-C port to the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 – finally!

USB Type-C hasn’t appeared on any Surface Pro devices to date, but the standard has only really taken off in 2016. Many smartphone and laptop manufacturers – including Google, Apple, and Samsung – have all adopted USB-C, so it would be very curious if Microsoft didn’t follow suit. As more and more accessories begin to support the port, it’s going to become increasingly unforgivable for a manufacturer to not include USB-C on a mobile device.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Stylus

One of the stalwart Surface Pro features is the trusty Surface Pen, a pressure-sensitive stylus. It was introduced back in 2012 with the original Surface Pro, and has been available for every new model since.

The latest iteration of the Surface Pen features a top-mounted eraser, a customisable ‘magic button’, and the ability to launch Cortana remotely. It’s bundled with the Surface Pro 4, and we’d expect much the same from the Surface Pro 5.

A possible improvement would be to increase the levels of pressure sensitivity on the Surface Pen. The current Surface Pen manages 1,024 different levels, while Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 S-Pen can recognise 4,096 different levels of sensitivity. We’re not entirely sure about the Apple Pencil, mind, but it’s a fairly obvious upgrade for Microsoft by any stretch.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Battery Life

As there doesn’t seem to be a significant architecture change planned for the Surface Pro 5, we’d expect battery life to remain relatively similar. The only major spanner in the works could be a 4K display, which would certainly impact battery life.

In any case, Surface Pro battery life has never been particularly impressive. The Surface Pro 4 only managed five hours of video streaming between charges, for instance; that’s not fantastic for a hybrid.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Price

You’ll find plenty of Surface Pro 5 prices online if you search hard enough, but they’re almost certainly made up. That’s because it’s unlikely that Microsoft has even settled on a price internally, so anything you see online will almost certainly be speculation. With that in mind, let’s speculate; here are previous Surface Pro launch prices for the UK:

  • Surface Pro 4 – £749
  • Surface Pro 3 – £958
  • Surface Pro 2 – £719

We can say with a fair degree of confidence that the next Surface Pro will probably start off at somewhere between £700 and £1,000 – that’s not very accurate but hey, we may still be months away from launch. It’s also worth considering that many manufacturers (Microsoft included) are jacking up their product pricing in response to the falling value of the pound. So if the Surface Pro 5 costs a little more than previous models, the referendum result may be to blame.

Should I wait for the Microsoft Surface Pro 5?

Thinking about waiting around for the Surface Pro 5? Here’s advice from our eternally wise Computing Editor, Michael Passingham:

Based on what we think we know about the Surface Pro 5, most prospective Surface Pro 4 owners shouldn’t worry much. You should definitely wait until this evening before buying, just in case a new device is announced, of course. But if it isn’t announced today then you could happily buy a Surface Pro 4 without worrying the Pro 5 is going to utterly obliterate it in four month’s time.

What’s more, with the Surface Pro 4 getting cheaper, it’s a good-value buy in its own right, no matter what happens with the Surface Pro 5.

There are loads of Surface alternatives available now, as well. The Samsung Galaxy TabPro S is probably the best alternative out there, with a fantastic screen and decent performance, while the Asus Transformer Book 3 Pro is about as close to a Surface Pro 4 you can get while costing a little less.

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What would you like to see from the Microsoft Surface Pro 5? Let us know in the comments.

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