Has Microsoft accidentally revealed the Surface Pro 5?
Microsoft is reportedly hard at work on the Surface Pro 5.
The Windows 10 maker is preparing the launch of the next generation of its hybrid tablet/laptop device, which is expected to launch later this year.
Expected to be the most powerful Surface Pro device to date, the Surface Pro 5 is currently shrouded in mystery, with Microsoft not even confirming the existence of it so far.
However one source now claims that the device is not only real, but that images of the Surface Pro 5 have already been leaked online – by Microsoft itself.
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An image of a mystery new Surface device was published on Microsoft’s French website before being spotted by local website FZN.
Originally dated from November 3rd 2016, the image shows off what is undoubtedly a Surface Pro device, sharing similarities with past releases in terms of its build and design,
Much like past devices, there’s a clip-on magnetic Type Cover keyboard, along with the Surface Pen accessory, suggesting that both of these products remain of interest to Microsoft for its new release.
However what is interesting is that the image’s file name was “win10-feature-surface-pro-5-z” – suggesting that this could well be the new device.
The last generation device, the Surface Pro 4, was launched back in October 2015, meaning it is ripe for an upgrade, especially if Microsoft is keen to show off the power of its Windows 10 software.
This image could be the first look at the Microsoft Surface Pro 5
Hopes are high for the Surface Pro 5, given Microsoft’s recent track record of revealing new and exciting hardware products.
The preceding Surface Pro device won praise for their bright and vibrant display, along with a compact build and design that allowed the device to be easily packed up and carried around.
Microsoft then followed this up with the stunning Surface Book laptop, updated last October with the Surface Book i7, showing that it is truly a major player in the hardware industry now.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 was hugely well-received across the world
Reports have claimed that the Surface Pro 5 will upgrade the screen seen on previous devices, allowing for 4K UltraHD resolution, meaning you can watch videos and play games in greater detail.
The device will most likely keep the 12.3in size seen it is predecessor in order to be portable, with a lightweight aluminium body protecting what's inside.
The brains of the device will most likely be provided by Intel, which launched its latest Kaby Lake family of processors late last year. This would put the Surface Pro 5 far and away ahead of competitors such as the iPad Pro, providing incredibly fast performance and efficiency.
This latter point could prove crucial, as Microsoft came in for serious criticism for the battery life of its hardware devices, particularly the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book.
Elsewhere, a separate report has claimed that Microsoft may be working on a separate version of the Surface Pro 5 that would allow it to connect to mobile devices.
This would help fix one of the biggest issues with the initial Surface Pro devices, allowing for tethering and hot-spot connectivity with mobile devices to ensure the user is always online.
We're also expecting around 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM, as well as a smarter version of the Surface Pen stylus which should feature wireless charging.
As for release date, we’re expecting Microsoft to keep to its usual October launch cycle, as it has done with previous Surface devices.
However with the next generation of Windows 10 software set to be launched in April, the company could yet spring a surprise and reveal the Surface Pro 5 then – we’ll just have to wait and see.