Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Rumors: Will Microsoft Oust Intel's Kaby Lake In Favor Of AMD's New Processor For The New Surface Pro? [VIDEO]

17 March 2017, 3:50 am EDT By Vinay Patel Mobile & Apps
Microsoft could oust Intel's Kaby Lake in favor of AMD's new processor for its Surface Pro 5.  ( Tech Hunter / YouTube )

Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to boast an array of jaw-dropping specs and features. The rumor-plagued 2-in-1 detachable could be the company's fastest ever, thanks to the all-new AMD Ryzen chip it will reportedly pack under the hood.

The Surface Pro 5 has been subject to all sorts of rumors with some pointing to a looming launch date for the long-awaited device. Despite the lack of an official announcement, some tech gurus believe Microsoft is hard at works on its next hybrid laptop device, which is associated with a 2017 release date.

The current generation Surface Pro 4 debuted back in Oct. 2015, and optimistic tech buffs have been clamoring for a long-overdue upgrade. Furthermore, the imminent arrival of Microsoft's Windows 10 software added more fuel to the already burning rumors about the Surface Pro 5's 2017 release date.

While Microsoft has neither confirmed nor denied these rumors, the internet is still brimming with reports centering on the device's release date, specs, and cosmetic appearance. Meanwhile, many reports deem the Surface Pro 5 as one of the most compelling computing devices to ever hit the store shelves, thanks to some incredibly fast hardware.

Microsoft Surface Pro 5: Intel Or AMD?

If rumors proved to be true, the Microsoft's Surface Pro 5 could pack Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake chip. This is quite plausible as well since the Redmond-based tech titan have collaborated with Intel in the past, with previous generation Surface Pro devices drawing power from Intel's Core i3, i5, and i7 chips, Express reported.

By using Intel's latest chips, Microsoft might finally be able to address a long-reigning battery life issue with past Surface Pro devices. However, it looks like Intel could have a new challenger in the form of AMD.

This time around, though, Microsoft could be turning to Intel's arch-rival AMD to power its new version of the Surface Pro. The rumor, as reported by PC Advisor, stems from a recently rolled out trailer for Alien: Covenant, which seems to give fans a brief glimpse of a Surface device. The film is sponsored by AMD and its description reads, "Intelligence powered by AMD, Ryzen, and Radeon."

The Alien: Covenant trailer shows some scientists, who are using a device that seems to bear a striking resemblance with the Surface Pro, complete with identic design and build. However, some hawk-eyed tech buffs discovered that the movie has a sponsorship deal with AMD, whose logo can be spotted in the trailer (shown below).

Interestingly, Microsoft has not divulged any sort of details about the Surface Pro 5; in fact, the tech firm has yet to confirm the existence of the purported new hybrid laptop. But this didn't put a lid on rumors and leaks, and the device was accidentally leaked on the company's French website.

An image of what looked like a Surface Pro device made its way on the internet. The unnamed gadget seemed to share similarities with previously released Surface Pro devices as far as its build and design are concerned.

There's also hearsay that the Surface Pro 5 will boast an upgraded screen, which could facilitate 4K UltraHD resolution. In other words, users will be able to watch videos, play games in greater detail.

Other rumors that are running rampant online suggest the device could retain its predecessor's 12.3-inch size, thus, keeping it portable. It will be housed in a lightweight aluminum body.

Under the hood, the Surface Pro 5 could come with 512GB of internal storage and a mammoth 16GB of RAM. Moreover, it will most likely boast a smarter version of Surface Pen stylus, equipped with wireless charging.

If Microsoft is indeed planning to launch the Surface Pro 5 this year, the company could most likely stick to its October launch cycle. It's worth noting that the next generation of Windows 10 software is slated to roll out in April, meaning, Microsoft could spring a surprise and unveil the device then.

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