A report published by Chinese publication Economic Daily News (EDN) reports Microsoft will be launching the Surface Pro 5 in Q1 next year. The 2-in-1 device will reportedly be manufactured by Pegatron Technology. Quanta Computer could also be added as a manufacturer for the Surface Pro 5, but the report says this has not been confirmed yet.
The new Surface Pro 5 is expected to feature a 4K resolution display, which would be a decent upgrade over the Surface Pro 4’s 2736 x 1824 resolution. Provided Microsoft does not change the display size, the Surface Pro 5 could boast of around 358 PPI pixel density. The current model for reference, has a pixel density of 267 pixels per inch.
Apart from a 4K resolution display, the other major highlight of the hybrid device will apparently be a magnetic charging stylus. It is expected to be powered by the 7th Generation Intel Kaby Lake processors under the hood, along with up to 16GB of DDR4 memory and up to 1TB of SSD storage. Other rumored upgrades include a USB Type-C port with Thunderbolt 3 support, updated connectivity features, and improved battery life.
Microsoft is likely to launch a regular Surface 5 that could run on an ARM processor, most likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 SoC. Switching to an ARM processor will quite obviously allow the Surface 5 to deliver much improved battery life, while allowing for seamless LTE mobile connectivity. Performance will of course take a hit, but it should still be more than adequate for most users.