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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 speculation continues: 2017 release date and 4K UHD Display

by on July 1, 2016

Stephan Jukic – July 1, 2016

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 may not have surfaced yet on the consumer market or any official pre-release events but the rumors about its possible specs keep circulating. Previous reports about the upcoming Microsoft tablet had claimed that the device would be coming out in June of 2016 (something that’s obviously enough untrue) and it seems that at least that particular rumor was completely unfounded.

However, the rest of the existing speculation around the Pro 5 remains and this includes the persistent and more plausible suggestion that the device will be out by Spring of 2017, which is quit a hilarious leap forward from the overly eager idea of a June 2016 release. Thus, reports are also now speculating that the Surface Pro 5 will be released after the also rumored major update to Windows 10 emerges in early 2017.

The Windows update, which is called Redstone or RS2, is supposedly going to be incorporated into the new hybrid laptop/tablet Pro 5 along with several new features for the device.

Some of these features –also highly speculative- will reportedly include a 4K ultra HD display. This is possibly the most enticing possibility for the Pro 5, at least from our point of view here at and if the 4K visuals do indeed turn out to be the case in the Surface Pro 5, they will take its screen resolution to a much sharper new level over that found in the current Surface Pro 4, which comes with a maximum pixel resolution of “just” 2,736 x 1,824 pixels, which as it stands already means a more than stunning level of pixel density for such a small screen as that of the Surface Pro tablet/laptop line.

However, among these speculative rumors about 4K tablet/laptop display in the Pro 5, there is a slight catch. The same reports are also claiming that the Pro 5’s 4K screen will be an add-on for which buyers will have to pay extra, and that the standard issue tablet will actually go on sale with the same 2K resolution of its current predecessor.

We’ve also heard word that the next generation Microsoft tablet will come with Intel’s seventh generation Kaby Lake processor technology, which will mean better battery efficiency (thanks to superior chip heat efficiency and a smaller nm design profile) and more powerful processing capacity.

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  • Troy
    July 5, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    The rumor for the Surface Pro 4 pointed to a UHD screen also, I’m not holding my breath on this one.

    My money was on the Dell XPS 12 that you have pictured in the headline…you may want to label that picture accordingly so those not in the know will know that’s not a Surface 5 mock up.


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