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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Rumors: Release Date Moved to Early 2017 for More Upgrades?

Microsoft Surface Pro 5

(Photo : Andrew Burton/Getty Image) Microsoft Corporate Vice President Panos Panay introduces a new tablet titled the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 at a media event for new Microsoft products on Oct. 6, 2015 in New York City.

While Apple's MacBook Pro 2016 has been speculated to bear a release date of June during the company's Worldwide Developers Conference event, Microsoft Surface Pro 5 rumors suggested that it would also have be out around that time.

However, CNET pointed out that such theory actually sounded "unlikely" considering that a number of its expected specs are yet to be officially launched.

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Meanwhile, the tech site pointed out that despite the fact that six out of the 10 Surface models have been released during the month of October, it is worth noting that it might not hold true to the upcoming variant.  

With the update for Windows 10 being pushed back, as reportedly theorized by ZDNet's Microsoft guru Mary Jo Foley, it is very likely that Microsoft Surface Pro 5 would only be made available once such needed operating system upgrade is ready, the rumors claimed.

Another strong point of why a 2016 release appeared impossible is the development of the successor of Intel's sixth-generation processor, or the Sky Lake.

Accordingly, Kaby Lake would be around not earlier than late 2016.

Considering this scenario, it means that the highly-anticipated model could only be released by early 2017, the tech site's Microsoft Surface Pro 5 rumors hinted.

In the meantime, several expected specs of the upgraded variant of the said Microsoft product were dished as well.

Based on the gathered information of CNET, the Surface Pen's triple A or button cell battery would already be replaced by a rechargeable one, competing with iPad Pro's Apple Pen which is being charged via its lightning cable.

When it comes to connections, it may adopt the USB C port to include a single USB 3.0 port, Mini Display Port for video, microSD card slot, and audio jack.  

As for the anticipated price, the latest Microsoft Surface Pro 5 rumors claimed that the Core unit would be priced $899, while the Intel Core i7 and i7 Extreme would be sold for $999 and $1,599, respectively.

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