Surface Pro 5 release date, news and rumors

Updated: Surface Pro 5 release date, news and rumors

Surface Pro 5 features

The impressive, if a bit troubled, Surface Pro 4 is nearing its one-year anniversary, so naturally we tech lovers are already thinking about its successor. And with the Surface Pro 4 having sold nearly 10 times more than its younger (but bigger) sibling, the Surface Book, surely Microsoft has a sequel in the works.

In fact, rumors of a Surface Pro 5 release date have been floating around the internet since the current model was launched onto store shelves. The keyword there is “rumors”, as none of those reported are citing trustworthy sources, if any at all.

That goes without mentioning folks clamoring across message boards, like Reddit, for their most desired features and improvements. (Can you guess the most popular one? It rhymes with “flattery.”)

Cut to the chaseWhat is it? The would-be fifth Surface Pro tabletWhen is it out? Current rumors point to spring 2017What will it cost? Likely as much as – if not a bit more than – the current Surface Pro 4

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Surface Pro 5 release date

As reported earlier in 2016, the second major update to Windows 10 was delayed until spring of next year to correspond with a new hardware launch. Purportedly, this lineup would consist of the Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2, though a new Surface keyboard appears even more imminent.

Moreover, with Intel’s 14-nanometer Kaby Lake processors having just released, it wouldn’t be out of character for Redmond to push back the hardware a few months. As the previous Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book encountered technical issues early on, it makes sense for Microsoft to allot itself time with the new CPU architecture.

Regardless of when the Surface Pro 5 finally arrives, you don’t need to wait for the next iteration to get your hands on a Surface Pro as Microsoft recently revealed a subscription program that lets you upgrade to new hardware as it’s released. Otherwise, you could snag a discounted Surface Book if you act now.

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Surface Pro 5 price

In case you haven’t noticed in the phone market, the prices of later iterations of modern tech products doesn’t change all that drastically – if at all – between releases. Applying that logic to the eventual Surface Pro 5, it’s likely that the device will start at $899 (£749, AU$1,349) and escalate from there depending on the configuration and accessories you choose.

Is there any chance that the final price will differ? Of course there is. Would it be smart for Microsoft to deviate too far from the standard it has set? Nope. Regardless, the ball is in Microsoft’s court here, and the company will naturally preserve its bottom line if pricier new features are implemented as standard.

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Surface Pro 5 stylus

One piece of the puzzle regarding every new Surface is how Microsoft will upgrade its Surface Pen stylus accessory that comes bundled with each tablet. Uncovered earlier this year was a patent filed by Microsoft for a stylus that features a rechargeable battery system.

Specifically, the patent details a magnetic charging dock built to give the new Surface Pen its juice, seemingly with connectors meant for a Surface Dock mounting. Such a venture makes a lot of sense for Microsoft, as the iPad Pro’s Apple Pencil currently has this exact edge over the Surface Pen, able to charge by awkwardly connecting to the tablet via its Lightning port.

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What we want to see

Look, as much as we’ve been impressed by the Surface Pro 4, firmware issues aside, there will always be room for improvement. (That would be the case even if it had earned our Editor’s Choice award.)

From the screen size and resolution to the hardware inside, we have a few ideas for how Microsoft could craft an even better Windows 10 tablet.

Longer battery life

This is a bit of low-hanging fruit, but countless customers have lamented the Surface Pro 4’s battery life – regardless of issues with its “Sleep” mode. We rated the device for 5 hours and 15 minutes of video playback.

That’s well below Microsoft’s promise of 9 hours of video playback, but we all know that few, if any, laptops actually meet their promised longevity. Our video playback figure is in line with the average laptop, though it’s a far cry from what its nemesis, the MacBook Air, can produce.

Ideally, and realistically, we’d like to see at least 7 hours of battery life reliably from the next Surface Pro tablet. That would put it closer in line with the MacBook Air as well as competing tablets, like the iPad Pro.

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An even sharper (and/or bigger) screen

With the Surface Pro 4, Microsoft managed to oust countless rivals in both the laptop and tablet spaces when it comes to screen resolution. With a razor-sharp 267 ppi (pixels per inch) already at 2,736 x 1,824 pixels within a 12.3-inch screen, it’s not as if the Surface Pro 5 needs to be much sharper.

However, if the next Surface Pro were equipped with, say, a 4K (3,840 pixels wide, at least) screen, that would rip its productivity and entertainment capabilities wide open. Film and photo editors could work at the native resolution that’s increasingly becoming the norm, while average Joe’s (teehee) could finally watch Netflix in 4K on a tablet.

That said, the realm of super sharp resolutions might be reserved for the Surface Book range at this point. So, why not up its size a bit?

The Surface Pro 4 is big enough for almost all tasks, but it’s still not the established default size for most laptops: 13.3 inches. Understandably, the point is for the Surface Pro to straddle both sides of the ever-eroding line between laptop and tablet.

However, maybe the iPad Pro is onto something with its 12.9-inch display. Plus, granted the resolution doesn’t bump up too much alongside a size increase, the extra space could allow for a battery life boost.

Updated: Surface Pro 5 release date, news and rumors


It might finally be time for USB-C

We saw the latest Google Chromebook Pixel and MacBook be two of the first devices to adopt the latest in USB technology, but now it’s the standard among a growing number of smartphones, tablets and laptops. Hell, even the HP Chromebook 13 has two USB-C ports.

The reversible, versatile port may be just what the Surface Pro 5 needs to alleviate the product line’s slight input/output problem. A single USB 3.0 port and a proprietary charging port aren’t going to cut it for much longer.

It helps that Microsoft has already well-tested the USB-C port within its new Lumia phones, so it’s practically a no-brainer to apply that same tech to the Surface line.

If scuttlebutt is to be believed, we’re about five months out from a release – plenty of time for the rumor mill to fire up. Stay tuned to this space in the coming months for the latest on things Surface Pro 5.

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46 thoughts on “Surface Pro 5 release date, news and rumors

  1. Dear Joe Osborne, you are so mistaken on the points how Surface could improve. It’s main advertised feature is digital ink, and that’s also it’s major weakness which is driving that specific consumer demographic enmasse towards Apple Pencil. While Microsoft has the best software implementation of digital ink, it ironically has one of the worst Digital ink hardware in the industry. Initial activation force, i.e, the minimum force, with which one needs to press the pen on the screen to so that the sensors register the pressure and a digital ink mark appears on the display, that force is too high for comfortable handwriting. The scan/sampling rate of the pen-digitizer interaction is lower than 140Hz, which makes handwriting terrible and unnatural and forces the user to consciously draw the letters (instead of writing subconciously naturaly) in a larger size. Where as the competion i.e Samsung note has a sampling frequency of 360 Hz and iPad pro @240 Hz.\nIf you want a better battery life? Buy a Surface book or thinkpad or XPS. A bigger screen? Buy a Surface book, or dell’s 15

  2. I have a Surface Pro 3 and love it. Here’s what would get me to upgrade to a SP5:\n\nSignificantly longer battery life (i.e. not just something like 10%). (And I don’t need features like 4K display if they would fight against that goal).\n\nImprovements in the pen. I love the stylus, and am using the SP4 pen with the SP3 and it works fine — except the distance at which the pen registers (and starts palm blocking) is way too close, about 1/4.

  3. This article is worthless, nothing of reality here. No Surface 5 this year, no reason to. No new Intel processors to use so why redesign.

  4. That remote access issue is kinda the reason I like to keep appliances and other devices as

  5. Indeed that is true, BUT as you just stated other brands ALSO suffered from the NEW skylake processors by Intel which caused their devices as well to suffer either errors, crashing and, poor battery. Which is understandable as both sides didn’t expect such a clash with new hardware and thus updates have taken care of the majority of the issues.\n\nThe real reason people are so uppity is due to the

  6. While other brands experienced problems, Intel and Microsoft are the primary players behind the Windows based computers that were snake bitten. Intel provided the processors and Microsoft provided the OS.\n\nWhat is not known is are the problems due to Microsoft mistakes, Intel mistakes or some combination of the two.\n\nMicrosoft needs to thoroughly vett new offerings before releasing to the marketplace especially if the products are to be marketed against and priced similarly to Apple’s offerings. This would also apply to Windows Mobile devices as comments from users of Lumia 950 and 950XL phones, in general, question the premium price tags when WM10 is still a work in progress.\n

  7. You do know they were not the only ones whom had issues with firmware issues with skylake, dell and many others who used the new skylake processors had issues. The only reason they are not mentioned is it was over shadowed by the surface, BUT clearly it was cross platform.

  8. Despite not being in the market for a Surface Pro 5…I own a Surface 3 and a Surface Pro 3…Microsoft really needs to go the extra mile to ensure a repeat of the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book firmware debacle never happens again.

  9. This is the reality, ive been currently testing a surface pro 4 with core-i5 for 2 months and with mixed office use i’m lucky to get 5 hours. I’d like it to be at least 8hours to get thru a day. My Macbook Book Pro does. Also quick charge would be nice. You’re right about the display, sometimes the reflect is just really bad.

  10. The Surface Pro 5 needs doubled battery life, replaceable battery or such service, available batteries for at least 5 years and a matte display or one with at most 2% reflectance. –robert jasiek

  11. Yes, you can. But I do every day with my Surface Book and it sucks. Unfortunately, there are little to no devices with built in LTE / 4G. My Thinkpad 8 with 4G is easier to connect, but is too small for all daily task.

  12. Must have cellular in order to be truly portable and useable

  13. I can understand your critiques, but I also believe that the price must make sense for the manufacturer in the first place. Eventually they’ll learn from the sales numbers …

  14. I believe the surface pro line should be killed. Surface pro which has Max 7-9 hours of battery on it, should be made to sit atop the presently excellent battery/keyboard dock of surface book to achieve a battery life of about 19 hours (9+10). Make the colourful keyboard cover standard and keep the surfacebook keyboard as an after market thing. People who want extra battery life and like clamshell form factor will easily give Microsoft their money for the Book keyboard, they can call it the

  15. MS seriously overprices its hardware. I get they need to make money too, but its a bit frustrating. I did the maths and MS seem to think the Surface Book keyboard is worth \u00a3420 alone. Like damn! A quick Google search finds me a new laptop with the same GPU for less than \u00a3400. \n\nIt’s a bit frustrating because I really like the idea of the Surface Pro and especially the Book but the pricing and configurations don’t make any sense. Why did they release the Surface 3 with a model of just 2gb RAM? I have a laptop with 2gb of RAM and its poverty. I cant even use Chrome on it because it gobbles it up. There are currently three I7 SP4 models. THREE! and yet there is only a slight difference between the 256gb models in that one has 16gb RAM. Why not just scrap the 8GB RAM model and add another core M model with 8gb RAM and 256gb SSD? Many want that model because its fanless and has better battery life, whilst only being 20% less powerfull than the I5. There was also a Surface Pro 3 Mini that was scrapped even though the designer actually admitted that he used it everyday and there is demand for it.\n\nWhat I want aside for a price cut:\n\nSurface Book with a lower resolution (the SP4/Book is seriously overkill, I5 processor and a bit more weight in the keyboard to stop the flapping around (battery?). Basically something to play slightly demanding games on medium settings whilst still being able to be used as a tablet. That would be really great. Maybe even a Surface Book mini (11 inch?).\n\nAlso if someone makes a core M tablet with 256gb SSD 4gb+ RAM and is able to remove the battery they are getting my money. Unfortunately the competitors such as Samsung and HUAWEI are just making the exact same product.

  16. I think i replied out of context here, I meant to reply to your or someone else’s post, where you or some other guy was suggesting features for future surfaces which were, consumer centric/entertainment centric, maximizing every thing,

  17. A Note 7?! How on earth could this be a substitute for al full-fledged computer?\nAlso the VAIO Z, Thinkpad or Dell machine have totally different form factors compared to a Surface Pro which is a tablet device. I don’t know what you’re trying to suggest here …

  18. Get a Note 7. Non of the improvements you suggest are central to use case of a Surface machine. For connectivity there’s a seperste dock. You can always buy a vaio z or a thinkpad. Or Signature edition Dell.

  19. For a professional who wants to instantaneously switch between desktop/mobility or

  20. I don’t need the GPU for graphic design, maybe the slightly bigger screen, battery, and full SD card reader, but SP4 with TC4 could save me nearly 500 \u20ac …

  21. Haha I think it depends on what you want really. SB if you want a laptop with powerful GPU or a hybrid tablet for casual use. If you add the TC4 into that SP4, is it the same price as the SB?

  22. We can’t compare regional market prices, yet I understand your budget-usage standpoint (btw: SD card is hidden under kickstand) and can agree here: If I would buy a Surface device for business use it would both rather be the SB i7/512GB or the SP4 i7/512GB … steeeeep princing plus TC4!!!

  23. Yes I agree that SP4 gives nicer experience and if you have the money then go for it. The price point is really not justified for me, a student, with what I get for such an expensive machine.\nBtw have more storage on SSD is still much better than carry around SD card and If you check UK and US store, the price difference is significant between 2 machines.

  24. Crazy price difference. You can get the TC4 for about 130 \u20ac, which equals 100 \u00a3 … I understand your point of not needing the extra capabilities and features. It’s just that you get the technically better equipped device for nearly the same price, as both have an OSD keyboard or can connect an external one via cable/Bluetooth plus how much is a128 GB micro SD in your area? Also the Type Cover’s typing and trackpad experience is higher appreciated by professionals (I had a bunch of customers who both tested them, telling me this at my sales promotion job for the Surface line in Media Market).

  25. Well HP X2 is even cheaper in US compare to SP4. I don’t know very much about the price in the EU sorry but you get my point. \u00a3600 for the based model is more reasonable or keep the price like now but include the keyboard. Not just me but many ppl hate the fact that they don’t include keyboard for such a high price

  26. The X2 Core m has no display output, but 2 USB ports, more RAM, more storage space, and higher clock speed, and costs around 1300 \u20ac with the included keyboard. The SP4 Core m has an additional camera for business usage, higher display resolution, can support two external displays, comes with a pen, and costs around 1300 \u20ac with Type Cover and additional 128 GB of SD card storage.\r\n\r\nI think you definitely get more bang for your bucks with the SP4.

  27. HP X2 has one included and it works just like surface pro but for a cheaper price. Things sometimes just so overprice

  28. The amazing way of putting everything in this form factor naturally has it’s price tag. And you get better after sales service than with most of the other manufacturers. Also Microsoft can’t directly compete with it’s hardware partners who are selling it’s software. \r\n\r\nThe Surface 3 with it’s 1080p display and lower price tag is the more cost effective product, yet many will find it expensive compared to the other 10-inchers, but again the industrial design, features and support is far out better.\r\n\r\nAlso I don’t think there is a tablet out there with an included keyboard, except the HP Spectre maybe.

  29. I could justify the price of this machine if the Surface pen was even half as good as Apple Pencil. Infact, in my country the price of Surface p4 is almost double than the US prices but poor pen performance, forced me to buy ipad pro, i had already waited 2 years for the Surface brand to come to India. My excuse was it’s a full desktop so it’s worth it, worth the time. I should have bought the Samsung Note12.2 in 2014 itself. Now my college is over. Atleast, iPad pro is the best machine for what it aims for, that is a secondary device and the best in inking too. For my younger sibling who is still in college, it will be a good device.

  30. Display is not really important for casual user (1920x1080p is enough)\nBattery life is well under average 8 hours for portable devices\nKeyboard sold separately (\u00a3100?!)\nAnd the spec just simply does not live up to the price\nDon’t get me wrong, I love the idea of this device and I’m amazed by how they can put everything in such a small device. However, battery life, keyboard and price make it less attractive and hinder its’ potential..

  31. You also get a gorgeous display, good cameras and battery life, full-featured connectivity, kickstand, magnesium housing …

  32. Agreed. I took a solid look at the base SP4, mostly because I’d LOVE to have the features of the Surface Pen for artwork. I just couldn’t justify the price for those specs. Especially after adding the price of a type cover to it. \n\nEnded up with an Acer R14. Overall great blend of price, performance, and portability. Sure, I still have to use my graphics tablet for artwork, which is a step down from drawing directly on-screen, but it’s worked for me this long … I can carry on with it just fine.

  33. The only difference between an a good touch screen laptop and a surface is ability to write on screen, since the inking on SP4 sucks compared to iPad pro and Wacom, there’s no reason to buy a surface. Microsoft is deliberately keeping it’s onenote app buggy in iOS so that people who are tied to onenote do not migrate Ipad pro for better inking with Apple pencil, which will hurt their SP4 sales. But there are other good apps that offer what MS Onenote is lacking. By keeping Onenote underdeveloped in iOS, MS is itself pushing people away from windows. Evernote isn’t going anywhere and penultimate is not half as bad nor is goodnotes.

  34. the price really need to come down so it can be more accessible. More than \u00a3700 for just core M3 and 4GB RAM?! That’s pathetic

  35. The prices don’t go up to justify added component expense… they go up so that Microsoft can make more money on people that must have the best hardware.

  36. Quite Possibly mSATA, but these aren’t upgrades they’re builds.

  37. I see what you are saying. I wonder if some of that is because it is msata not sata. Besides that devices like a Surface are a pain to upgrade and thus a premium just like on a iPad/iPhone.

  38. You are right, but I was thinking more of the 128GB/4GB SP4 at \u00a3849 compared to the 256GB/8GB SP4 at \u00a31079 – \u00a3230. The SSDs are around \u00a360 and \u00a380, a \u00a320 difference. 4GB to 8GB of RAM is only an increase of about \u00a38. Where does the multiplier come from?\nTo go from an i7 256GB to 512GB (we cannot get teh 1TB in the UK) costs \u00a3300. That might be an SSD cost of \u00a350, as it rises from \u00a380 to \u00a3130? So buying it fitted to a SP4 costs more than double.\n\nI’d read an article about SSD prices dropping and thought about my recent purchase compared to my old HDD purchases.\nThe price hike just to put it in a box seems wrong.

  39. Yes SSDs have come down but they are not at HDD levels. A 1TB Seagate HDD is $59 while a 1TB Samsung SSD is $319. Not even close to HDD levels. You can get a 250GB SSD for $79 then you wouldn’t be comparing apples to apples.

  40. Not HDD equivalent, but still, the price increments should be _CHEAPER_ than just buying drives at retail!

  41. With SSD prices coming down to HDD level, there is no justification for the steep price increases through the range.

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