March 2017 Could See Launch of Microsoft Surface Pro 5: What to Expect?

Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro 5 has been the subject of many speculations as of late, particularly when it comes to its supposed release date. And while the technology giant has not even announced the device's existence yet, the talk of the town is that the Surface Pro 5 may likely see a March release.

REUTERS/Brendan McDermidAn attendee photographs the new Microsoft Surface Pro 3, during the event in New York May 20, 2014.

Rumor has it that Microsoft may be gearing up to introduce the Surface Pro 5 at the upcoming Mobile World Congress this month in Barcelona, Spain. The company held an October event in 2016, and many thought that the hybrid tablet/laptop would come out then. However, the event came and no Surface Pro 5 was unveiled. It was then that speculations turned to the MWC 2017.

Should Microsoft reveal the Surface Pro 5 at this month's MWC, it is then expected that the hybrid device will hit the stores in March. The suggestion of a spring 2017 release has been thrown around in reports after all. 

And while Microsoft has not even confirmed that there is going to be a Surface Pro 5, technology enthusiasts are remaining positive, especially considering the recent markdown in price for the current Surface Pro device in the market. The Surface Pro 4 has received a substantial discount in stores lately, which is usually indicative of a newer generation coming into play.

As for the Surface Pro 5's specifications, it is believed that Microsoft will be utilizing Intel's latest Kaby Lake processor to power the device. However, other reports claim that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 635 will be used instead.

Apart from that, the Surface Pro 5 is expected to boast a display that supports 4K resolution. The device is also believed to run on the Windows 10 Redstone 3 operating system out of the box. A USB Type-C port and a Thunderbolt 3 port are likewise assumed. Finally, an upgraded Surface Pen is reportedly going to be available as well. This new Surface Pen will be rechargeable instead of being battery-powered.

Since these speculations have not been confirmed yet, readers are advised to take this with a grain of salt.