Reports indicate that Microsoft is currently waiting for the Kaby Lake version of Intel Skylake Processor to launch before they unveil the Surface Pro 5. We already have some info about the next high-end slate iteration.
The Kaby Lake processor is expected to be launched later this year. The Surface Pro 5 will be launched later this year instead of later this month as most people hoped. For the Surface Pro, Microsoft has stuck to a strict launch pattern.
It ends up making the September launch possible. A 14nm process is used to make the Kaby Lake processors. It is quite similar to the Skylake chip and is more powerful in performance.
The mass production of Kaby Lake processors is expected to begin later during this quarter. There are other rumored specs for the Surface Pro 5 which includes a higher capacity battery, a 4K UHD display, and an USB Type C port along with an enhanced Surface Pen.
It is similar to the price range of Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Pricing is expected to begin at 799 dollars and go all the way up till 1799 dollars.
On the whole, the tablet market has been gradually declining in popularity as the shipments decline as well. It is however expected that high-end tablets which come with accessories that can be removed or connected, sort of like a modular approach, will be a boon for the tablet industry.
These kinds of tablets are led by the Apple Pro lineup and the Microsoft Surface Pro range. Businessmen look at these detachables as great tools in their field. Basically, people who need the tablet portability and the presence of a QWERTY keyboard will love this approach, especially for the purpose of more precise typing.
Meanwhile, during the first quarter of the year, Enterprise firms in UK preferred the Surface Pro over its iPad counterpart by as much as 2 to 1. During the quarter, Microsoft Surface Pro sales increased from 83000 units to 275000 units in the present market.
Mobipicker reports that the rumored Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will feature a high-performing RAM with capacity as much as 16gigabytes.
Buyers also have the option to choose from a low end variant but keep in mind that it will have less than 16GB of RAM. One more interesting feature of the Surface Pro 5 is that it will feature 4K Ultra High Definition screen which should maximize the visual experience for all Surface users.
The Surface Pro 5 will also get an improved variant of the Surface Pen along with an enhanced camera and USB Type C port. It is expected that this device will run on Windows 10 Redstone 2 and will include the highly anticipated AMD Polaris GPU (Graphics Processing Unit). It is also rumored that the device will be powered by the might Kaby Lake processor.
This is said to be the fastest chipset being offered by Intel. It has been reported that Kaby Lake will be released by the end of 2016 and the Surface Pro 5 should be ready for release by 2017. Yibada reports that the device was expected to launch this month if Kaby Lake launched during the 2016 Computex.
Sadly, Intel pushed back the production of Kaby Lake chipsets to the final months of 2016. This in turn, means that the new Microsoft Surface Pro 5 won’t be available anytime soon. However, the waiting period should be worth it since the Surface Pro 5 will be among the first devices to feature such a chipset. Moreover, Kaby Lake processors will increase the efficiency of devices by double.