The world has been awaiting for the launch of the Surface Pro 5 all year and now it seems the wait is going to be a little longer. If we are to believe the rumours, the 2-in-1 detachable device would not be rolling out until 2017, leaving Microsoft Surface Pro 4 as the go-to flagship device.
Reports point to a launch in spring 2017 for the Surface Pro 5 as Microsoft's second-wave update for Windows 10 is expected to be arriving in 2017. "Redstone" is the codename given to the wave of updates that Microsoft is bringing. While "Redstone 1" is due to arrive in June and would merge all Windows 10 devices on to one platform, "Redstone 2" may help further the developments post the merger.
According to a report by ZDNet, "Redstone 2" will bring a bunch of Windows 10 devices to the market and it is believed that the Surface Pro 5 will be one of them.
This could mean that the device could be rolled out almost a year from now and has definitely thrown a spanner in the works for users looking to upgrade to the Surface Pro 5. For existing Surface Pro 4 users, this may come as terrible news, but for users moving up from the Surface Pro 3 or migrating to the Surface Pro platform, this is as good a time as ever to consider the Surface Pro 4.
While the Surface Pro 5 is rumoured to be powered by a 7th generation Intel Kaby Lake processor, the Surface Pro 4 can be picked up with a power-efficient 6th Gen Intel Core m3 processor or the performance-oriented i5 and i7 processors. These processors are from the Skylake family of processors.
However, if rumours are to be believed, the Surface Pro 5 will feature a processor clocked up to 4GHz. Not only would it make the Surface Pro 5 the most powerful tablet in the market, it would also mean that the Surface Pro 5 would blow the Surface Pro 4 with the i7 processor completely out of the water as the latter has a clock speed of 2.2 GHz that can be raised to 3.4 GHz.
The Surface Pro 4 is currently priced between Rs. 78,890 and Rs. 1,44,990.