Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Delay Upsets Consumers

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Many thought Microsoft would release the Surface Pro 5 in time for Christmas. However, it’s looking more like the device won’t be available until 2017. Vine Report has the news.

“Unlike most other upcoming electronic products and devices, there’s only one reason why the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 has not been officially launched yet — that’s because the American tech giant has decided that having the latest processor is worth the wait.”

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The article adds that by early 2017, Intel will have made its latest generation Kaby Lake processor widely available for equipment. Intel’s latest chip will increase performance while saving battery life. Judging by some reports, the Surface Pro 5 will be a major upgrade from the Pro 4. According to Trusted Reviews, the Surface Pro 5 may have a better screen.

“A new report claims that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will feature a 4K Ultra HD display, which would be a first for the series. By contrast, the Surface Pro 4 has a maximum 2,736 x 1,824 pixel resolution.”

The article adds that the standard version of the Pro 5 may not have the 4K panel, but Microsoft might offer the display as a paid-for upgrade — this is what companies such as HP and Lenovo have been doing. This might not be a big deal to many consumers, as the current 2,736 x 1,824 display is considered stunning.

Meanwhile, Windows Central reports that the Surface Pro 4, along with the Surface Book, have picked up new updates

“Most of the updates appear to be tied to the Surface Pen including Intel’s Precise Touch technology, which is used for pen and touch on the Surface. Considering the emphasis of Windows Ink Workspace in the Anniversary update this change makes sense.”

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The article notes that the Surface Integration driver can apply to several aspects of the Surface Pro, including the Sleep/Hibernate mode as well as Wi-Fi. A couple commenters noted that the update caused problems with the Type Cover. However, the updates appear to be working fine for most users.

The upgrade to the Surface Pro 5 isn’t the only thing Microsoft will be concentrating on in the near future. According to Windows Central, Microsoft is developing a new Surface all-in-one type PC that will run Windows 10. Some have claimed that device will be released by the end of the third quarter. However, it’s possible that, just like with the Surface Pro 5, Microsoft will wait until 2017 when Kaby Lake processors are more widely available.

Windows Central adds that Microsoft is looking to use its new PixelSense technology in the new Surface desktop, which will allow direct interaction with the Surface interface and offer a multi-user touch experience. PixelSense also employs object recognition, which would allow the screen to identify when you are putting your smartphone and other things on it.

There is a lot of excitement for the Surface desktop device, even though Microsoft hasn’t officially announced it yet.

Microsoft will also be releasing the Surface Phone. WinBeta claims that the Surface Phone will be aimed for business users instead of Android and iPhone customers. ZDNet also says the Surface Phone will be business-based, but they add that it will have an ARM processor instead of one from Intel. It is still believed that the Surface Phone will run a full version of Windows 10.

Unlike Apple, Microsoft certainly hasn’t been accused of a lack of innovation lately. It will be interesting to see how the public reacts to Microsoft’s new products once they hit the marketplace.

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