Rumors have been around for a long time that Microsoft is in the process of developing a new tablet, alleged to be the successor of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. The upcoming device has been dubbed the Surface Pro 5 and has leaked yet again, suggesting its launch is imminent.
An alleged image of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 has surfaced online on a French website which may belong to Microsoft. The official-looking render carries the title "win10-feature-surface-pro-5-z". There has been no confirmation so far that the website on which the image has been posted is an official Microsoft website page in French.
The leaked image on the website shows the rumored Surface Pro 5, alleged successor of the Surface Pro 4, bearing a Type cover with the Surface Pen lying in front of it. Interestingly, this image was posted by a Gilbert Kassab in March 2016 per the listing.
Apart from the leaked image, the name of the device has also been spotted on a Microsoft employee's LinkedIn profile. The name Neon has also been mentioned. Neon is the code name that has been assigned to Windows visual design language and will be incorporated on different platforms..
Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Rumored Specs
Recent leaks and rumors state that Microsoft is planning to deploy a 12.5-inch, 4K display screen on Surface Pro 5. Microsoft may use IPS touchscreen over Super AMOLED screens to give a great cinematic experience to the users of the device.
It was hinted that Microsoft Surface Pro 5 may house Intel's seventh-gen Kaby Lake Processor and may come in three different variants.
Customers have the option to purchase the Surface Pro 4 with 128 GB internal storage. Rumors hint that the Surface Pro 5 could be available with 512 GB on-board storage capacity as well. Speculations are also rife that the Surface Pro 5 may also support memory expansion of 512 GB to 1 TB via a microSD card.
The rumored device is expected to run on the Windows 10 Redmond 3 version and may also come with USB Type-C port with version 3.1 Thunderbolt.
The Surface Pro 4 is available with maximum 8 GB of RAM. A variant of the Surface Pro 5 may include 16 GB of RAM. The device may house an improved camera, as well as offer support for Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Rumored Price And Release
Microsoft released the Surface Pro 4 tablet in October 2015. Since the company did not refresh the line in 2016, it is assumed that rumored Surface Pro 5 is likely heading for a March 2017 release.
However, doubts have been raised on the availability of the Kaby Lake processor, as the Intel chipset may not be available before H2 2017. In such a scenario, Microsoft may have to delay the release of the upcoming tablet yet again.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5's base model is expected to be priced at $899. Currently, the Surface Pro 4 is available for purchase at a $200 discount on Microsoft's online store.