Microsoft had announced its scheduled events for 2017 -- the annual Microsoft Build 2017 conference (May 10-12), the Microsoft Inspire (July 9-13) and Microsoft Ignite (September 25-29) -- way back in December last year. But now, Surface chief Panos Panay has hinted in a tweet that the software giant could launch its Surface Pro 5 or Surface Book 2 (Surface Book PC) at a special event to be held later this month.
Panay didn't mention the products that could be unveiled at the Surface event scheduled to take place on May 23 in Sanghai, but he has hastagged "#Surface", giving a hint that the company could announce either the Surface Pro 5 or the Surface Book 2, or both.
The original Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 were unveiled at an event in October, 2015. Therefore, it won't come as a surprise if their successors -- Surface Book 2 and Surface Pro 5 – are unvieled together.
Nothing much has been heard about the Microsoft Surface Book 2. However, reports have claimed that it could come with the same 13.5-inch display seen in its predecessor, but with a 3,840x2,160 screen resolution.
The Surface Book that was released in 2015 features a 13.5-inch display with 3,000x2,000 resolution (267 ppi pixel density), a 6th-gen Intel Core i5 SoC and a Microsoft Windows 10 Pro operating system out of the box. It measures 9.14"x12.30"x0.90" in dimension, weighs 3.48 pounds (1576 grams), and comes packed with a 256GB storage and an 8GB RAM.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is also expected to come with several feature upgrades over its predecessor but nothing specific has been leaked so far. The Surface Pro 4 sports a 12.3-inch PixelSense Touchscreen with 2,736x1,824 resolution, powered by an Intel Core i5 processor, runs Windows 10 Professional operating system, and comes packed with 128GB internal storage and 4GB RAM.