Microsoft’s head, Panos Panay in May claimed that the company is planning on adding “meaningful changes” to its existing Surface Pro line-up. Shortly afterward, Tom Warren of The Verge reported that the Redmond giant will be holding an event titled, “Future Decoded” in London this month. According to Tech Radar, it is now being speculated that the company plans to launch the newly-upgraded Surface Pro 5.

Release date

Rumors about Microsoft’s plans of unveiling the laptop began as early as March 2016. They were initially expected to introduce the device with Windows 10 Creators Update. But that never ended up taking place.

Instead, Microsoft unveiled a new version of Surface Pro called, Microsoft Surface Pro in Shanghai on May 23. In September, The Verge quoted Microsoft as confirming that an LTE-version of Surface Pro 5 and Surface Book 2 is on its way this month. As for the price, the device will probably cost as much as Surface Pro, around $799.

Specifications

Prolific Microsoft leaker, Paul Thurrott had said that the laptop will be powered by Intel’s seventh-generation Kaby Lake processor. This will replace the Atom-based 2-on-1 chipset that existed in the Surface Pro line-up for the last four generations. Thurrott went on further to predict that the laptop will come integrated with support for Surface Connect charger. The USB Type-C port might be missing in this case. Artificial Intelligence (AI) integration is a must these days.

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Microsoft understands that and will obviously include Cortana and Windows Hello along with the laptop. It is further speculated that the device will support fingerprint recognition. One drawback of Surface Pro 4 was its Battery Life. The smartphone would last for roughly four hours on a single charge, which is too little for professionals or ardent gamers. Therefore, the Redmond giant may end up integrating its successor with a longer battery life. This may last up to 17 hours on a single charge, which is a major enhancement. T A lithium-ion based battery will power the device.

Design

According to a report by Venture Beat, the upcoming laptop might carry a design inspired by its predecessor. The device will be accompanied by a stylus as well, which will come with upgraded features. Another primary highlight will be the Surface Dial. As noted by ZD Net, this feature will be design-based. The laptop will rival Apple iPad Pro and iPad Air.