Fans are anticipating the launch of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4's successor — dubbed the Surface Pro 5 — at the company's event in Shanghai, China, on May 23.
Earlier in May, a tweet from Microsoft's Corporate VP of Devices Panos Panay amplified the excitement. His post not only informed the public of the Shanghai event, but ended with the hashtag #Surface. However, two weeks ago, Panay mentioned that the company would launch the fifth-gen Surface Pro only when it had something "meaningful" to add to the already existent technology.
A new leak has surfaced and indicates that Panay's tweet about a Surface device was most likely referring to the rehashed model of the Surface Pro 5, which is anticipated to debut at its May 23 event.
Not Surface Pro 5 But Just Surface Pro, Says Leak
The new Surface Pro leak comes from well-known tipster Evan Blass. Blass posted a series of press renders of the upcoming Surface Pro device through tweets.
— Evan Blass (@evleaks) 19 May 2017
Blass revealed that the upcoming device, known only as the Surface Pro, will have the same design and look of the Surface Pro 4. The primary difference between the two would be the hardware housed inside the 2-in-1 device.
It is unsurprising that Microsoft decided to upgrade the internal specs of the Surface Pro 4, which was launched in 2015. In the last two years, the original specifications of the Surface Pro 4 have become quite dated.
For instance, the Surface Pro 4 featured a sixth-gen Intel i5 processor and 8 GB of RAM. Most of the devices currently feature a seventh-gen Intel processor and 16 GB of RAM. So, it's evident that an upgraded device was necessary.
Unfortunately, apart from the leaked images that offer a peek into the device, no details about what the rehashed version of the Surface Pro 4 could bring. However, all of the details regarding the specs and the pricing would most likely be revealed at the Shanghai event.
New Surface Pro Accessories
The leaked renders also detail the various keyboard and stylus pen color options, which would be available to customers buying the new Surface Pro. It also reveals that these accessories will be designed slightly differently from previous iterations.
So, even though fans will likely not get the Surface Pro 5 for some time to come, consumers will nonetheless have an upgraded device to look forward to soon. This could be Microsoft's way of increasing the Surface Pro 4's lifespan till such a time that the company is finally ready to reveal the Surface Pro 5.