Microsoft’s next generation of Surface Pro 4 tablet is one of the most awaited 2-in-1 hybrid devices in 2016. The new Surface Pro 5 release date has been reportedly delayed for Intel’s upcoming Kaby Lake processor.
According to recent rumors, the forthcoming Surface Pro 5 will be powered by Intel’s seventh generation of Kaby Lake processors, which are believed to be faster than its predecessor. The current-generation of Surface Pro 4 runs on Intel’s Skylake processors.
Meanwhile, Intel has officially confirmed that the successor to the Skylake processor will be released by the end of 2016. The Kaby Lake processors will be manufactured using the “process, architecture, and optimization” model.
At the Computex 2016 in Taipei, Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Computing Group (CCG) at Intel informed that the upcoming Kaby Lake processor family will enter into mass production in the later part of this quarter, as reported by CNET.
Previous rumors indicated that Microsoft may release its much-anticipated Surface Pro 5 during Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2016, which is scheduled to start on June 13. If rumors are to be believed then the Microsoft has to release the premium Surface Pro 5 tablet with the latest Intel Skylake processor. On the other hand, the company might delay the Surface Pro 5 release date to the latter half of the year.
It is worth mentioning that Microsoft never followed a set release date pattern for its Surface Pro tablets. Thus, it is difficult to anticipate any specific launch date for the upcoming Surface Pro 5.
Apart from the new Kaby Lake processor, other speculated Surface Pro 5 specs include a 4K display with a stunning resolution of 3840 X 2160 pixels, microSD slot for memory expansion, rechargeable Surface Pen and USB Type-C port. The all-new Surface Pro 5 may also come packed with a fingerprint scanner on board, which is absent in the Surface Pro 4.