Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Release Date, News & Update: Upcoming Hybrid Device Arriving With Windows, Android Variants? Other Specs & Features Revealed!

By Christian Ver Marcelo , Updated Nov 18, 2016 09:14 AM EST
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The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 has been one of the most anticipated devices of 2017. However, the tech company has failed to deliver the 2-in-1 PC tablet to its fans this year. With this disappointment, good news arose as there are rumors that the upcoming device will be coming in two variants.

Windows 10 and Android OS

When Microsoft held an event in October, fans were keen on waiting as they have expected that the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 would finally be launched. However, they were met with dismay when the tech company instead unveiled a new Windows 10 update and the new, albeit amazing, Surface Studio.

Now, several reports are saying that what may be causing the delay for the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release is in the software side. It has been rumored that the hybrid device will not only be coming with the proprietary Windows 10 operating system, bat also the Android OS.

This variation in operating systems powering the same model is not unheard of in the tech world. The Lenovo Yoga Book which was launched earlier this year also came in Windows and Android OS variants. With this innovative decision, fans of Microsoft Surface Pro 5 would be having more options in terms of customizing their device.

Even more good news is that if this rumor proves to be true, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will be running the latest versions of both operating systems. On the Windows side, it would be powered by the Windows 10 Redstone Update to be released next year. For the Android version, it would be the Android 7.0 Nougat launched earlier this year.

Expected New Features

Aside from the variants in operating system, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is also expected to address the glaring battery draining issue that plagued the Surface Pro 4. Furthermore, the Intel Kaby Lake chipsets are geared to power all versions of the upcoming device. High resolution screen displays are also an obvious upgrade.

There have also been reports saying that Microsoft has filed a new patent for a Surface Pen support on the Surface Pro 5. This new technology would allow the Surface Pen to be charged upon contact with the Microsoft Surface Pro 5, eliminating the need for port connections.

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