Microsoft is planning something big for the Surface Pro 5
Microsoft is reportedly hard at work developing the Surface Pro 5.
The company’s next-generation hybrid PC device is set to be the most powerful Surface Pro yet, packing in more powerful hardware alongside a super-detailed screen and the latest Windows 10 software.
Microsoft will be keen to conquer some of the issues which have plagued past Surface Pro releases, which included complaints about the device’s battery life.
However a new report claims that the company may be about to make a significant decision concerning how the Surface Pro 5 is powered.
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A new Microsoft patent uncovered by FreePatentsOnline has shown that the company may be considering changing the pocket supply for its new device.
The existing Surface Pro 4 features a special Microsoft-made Surface Connector, which connects magnetically to the device in order to make sure the wire is not pulled out accidentally.
However unlike other devices, which use USB-C charging ports and cables which can be shared between different products, Microsoft’s own unit can only be used with the Surface Pro.
There had been speculation that Microsoft might make the switch to USB-C with the Surface Pro 5, which would allow it to interact with a greater number of third-party accessories.
But now it seems this move has been dropped.
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The Surface Pro 5 is expected to launch later this year
Keeping the existing Surface Connector makes sense for Microsoft, as it will allow users to re-use cables and accessories from past products.
The company had previously said it would ensure Surface Pro 3 power adapters, docks, and Type Covers, would be fully compatible with the Surface Pro 4.
Microsoft may yet choose to include a USB-C port with the Surface Pro 5, as many devices running Windows 10, as well as a number of leading mobile devices, utilise the technology.
The news comes just days after a key Microsoft pundit revealed more details about the hotly-anticipated Surface Pro 5.
As well as noting that the device will keep the existing Surface power connector, Paul Thurrott claims that the next-generation two-in-one hybrid will be powered by Intel’s latest Kaby Lake processors.
However Thurrott did add that fans should expect "nothing dramatic" about the Surface Pro 5, suggesting any upgrades will be incremental.
Other reports have suggested that 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.
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.
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Microsoft's next major release is set to be released later this year, although there’s no specific news on a launch date just yet.
We’re expecting Microsoft to keep to its usual October launch cycle, as it has done with previous Surface devices.
However the release of Windows 10 Creators Update this month could lead the company to spring a surprise and reveal the Surface Pro 5 then.
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.