Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Specs & Updates: Stylus Is Upgraded; Gets Own Rechargeable Battery

12 January 2017, 12:20 am EST By Athena Dee Mobile & Apps
The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to launch in Q1 2017.  ( Andrew Burton/Getty Images )

Microsoft revealed the newest version of its 2-in-1 Surface notebook hybrid in a Surface-focused event in late October. Unfortunately for consumers who have long been anticipating for the Surface Pro 5, no news was provided regarding the said device.

Microsoft has managed to keep mum about a Surface Pro refresh. However, multiple news reports have stated that the Surface Pro 5 will be unveiled in the first quarter of 2017. According to the report, the news about the device coming out this year came from a Chinese publication, Economic Daily News. Pegatron Technology was reportedly the manufacturer chosen to make the aforementioned gadget.

The device's stylus, dubbed the Surface Pen, is also expected to launch alongside the Surface Pro 5. According to a previous report, the stylus will feature magnetic charging. Once this particular specification has been confirmed to be true, this will be the very first time for Microsoft to apply such feature to a Surface Pro tablet. Magnetic charging will allow the stylus to charge without having to attach any wires at all. To begin the charging process, its user only needs to dock the it into the tablet.

Other news sources have reported that Surface Pro 5 users will be able to enjoy a full cinematic experience on their devices because of its reported 12.5-inch 4K screen. This screen will reportedly also offer 3D support at 60fps. That said, Microsoft is expected to ditch Super AMOLED screens in favor of IPS touch ones.

The much-anticipated Surface Pro 5 is also said to come out with Intel's 7th Generation Kaby Lake processor. Plus, reports say there will be three different chipset versions that will allow the tablet to obtain higher processing speeds and save more battery life. These chip variants are dual core or Core M, dual core with two threads or Core i5, and quad core with eight threads or Core i7.

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