Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Release Date, News & Update: Should You Upgrade? Better Than MacBook Pro 2016? Impressive Specs, Features, Price Details!

By Kaye Reese , Updated Nov 03, 2016 09:42 AM EDT

Tech fans all over the world were sorely disappointed that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 wasn't announced during Microsoft's October event. Still, the successor to the critically acclaimed Surface Pro 4 may well be just around the corner. But the important question is: should users buy the Surface Pro 4 or hold out for the upcoming Surface Pro 5? Here's the roundup of everything you need to know about Microsoft's new flagship tablet: from specs and hardware, salient features, price details, release dates and more.

Specifications and hardware

The upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to ship with the latest Intel Kaby Lake processor, which promises speedier and optimal performance. While it might share a lot of specifications with the Surface Pro 4 in terms of RAM, internal storage memory, among others, one of the anticipated changes for the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is the USB Type-C charging port as well as longer battery life, according to TechRadar.

Upgrades and features

One of the salient features of the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 5, however, is the Surface Pen, which will now be getting a magnetic attachment, according to CNET. Moreover, the Surface Pen will now be rechargeable, plied with a triple AAA battery, and can be charged via its Surface Pen dock. This is similar to the Apple Pen in the newly released Apple MacBook Pro 2, where the pen is rechargeable via lightning connection.

Price and release dates

That said, however, when will the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 come out? According to reports, the new Microsoft flagship device might make its way onto the shelves by early 2017, especially if they are indeed getting the Kaby Lake processors. It's expected to cost around $899 for the lowest-end configuration.

Excited for the release of the Microsoft Surface Pro 5? Stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming Microsoft Surface Pro 5 device. 

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