Microsoft was expected to unveil the new generation of its Surface Pro device during the October event, but instead of revealing the new Surface Pro 5, Microsoft showed us the new Surface Book i7 along with the Surface Studio. The Surface Pro 5 could be released during spring 2017 (probably in May), in line with the upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10, according to JobsNHire.
As for the specs, the upcoming device should sport the latest Kaby Lake processors (i5 and i7) from Intel. They are still vaguely available, giving Microsoft another reason (aside from the Windows 10 Creators Update) to push the latest Surface Pro reveal for 2017. Apple, for instance, decided not to wait for Kaby Lake chips and went for Skylake with the company’s latest MacBook Pro generation. We should see first Kaby Lake laptops during 2017 (like the next generation of Dell XPS 13), so it looks like Microsoft is waiting for Kaby Lake processors to become available in large quantities.
Forbes reports about the upcoming tablet to sport 16Gb of RAM and up to 1 TB of storage, in addition to the latest USB Type-C connectors and an improved rechargeable Surface Pen. If the upcoming tablet ships with Kaby Lake processors, it may end up being more powerful that the latest MacBook Pro laptop line, a feat that’s worthy of respect.
As for the price, the device should sport a base price of $899, which should go up to $1,599, depending on the choice of storage, processor (i5 or i7) and additional features.