For the past months, Microsoft has been totally tight-lipped about the next iteration of the highly anticipated 2-in-1 tablet dubbed by many as the Surface Pro 5. Many are waiting for the next installment in the series because performance-wise, the current device is one of the best in the market. Fans cannot wait to see the next thing that the company will introduce. Recently, several reports claim that the Redmond-based tech giant will release the device in Fall of 2017. However, it might disappoint those who are expecting that it is going to be massive, here's why.

Release date

The current speculations suggest that the Surface Pro 5 will be released in fall. There are, however, several sites claiming that it will specifically be out to users in October 2017. In addition, many news outlets are betting on a possible launching of the device alongside the Windows 10 Redstone 3 update. However, the speculated event called #MicrosoftEDU will be centered on featuring the fresh Windows 10 Cloud operating system. This is in response to the recent threat when Google launched the Chrome OS.

Specs and Features

While there are numerous specs and features making rounds on the Internet, there are some which claim that the next device will be just a refreshed version of the current device in the market.

According to reports, this is the reason why the company has not given any information about the next device in the Surface series.

Aside from this, there are some claims that the Surface Pro 5 will run on the latest chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835. This speculation stemmed from the project both companies ventured into in 2016.

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Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that year that they are working on to bring the said operating system into the Snapdragon 835.

There are also those who predicts that the company will use the Intel Kaby Lake to power the upcoming device. It is worth noting that the current variant use the Intel processor, and if speculations about a refresh 2017 version will be released, then the Intel processor would be consistent.

Aside from running on Windows 10 and with either Intel or Qualcomm's processor, the design for the highly anticipated device reportedly will not have massive design tweak. According to speculations, Microsoft will retain the Thunderbolt 3.0 port. There are also reports that the Surface Pro 5 will have an all-new stylus pen. The claims came from the latest patent filing by the company found online.