'Surface Pro 5' Release Date, News & Updates: Microsoft To Ditch Away Kaby Lake In Favor Of Snapdragon Processor

By Jun Pasaylo , Updated Dec 18, 2016 08:10 PM EST

Recent developments on the highly anticipated Surface Pro 5 showcase some interesting features that further propel the excitement of the tech market to the debut of the next flagship device of Microsoft. While earlier reports orchestrate toward a Surface Pro 5 smartphone powered by the upcoming Kaby Lake processor, the current partnership forged by the Redmond tech giant pointed otherwise.

The next generation Intel processor, armed with 16GB of RAM and 512GB massive storage space, offers promising features to Surface Pro 5. But the recently announced Microsoft and Qualcomm partnership provide a hint that Surface Pro 5 would ditch away from the Kaby Lake processor. On the crossroad between Intel and Qualcomm processors, Microsoft would likely favor the later after it showcased a Windows 10 running fully on an ARM 64-bit processor.

Qualcomm Snapdragon processor offers two important features that would give an edge to Surface Pro 5 against its closest rival iPad Pro 2 -- battery life and wireless connectivity. The iPad Pro 2 is having problems with its internet connectivity on top of the mounting complaints against its poor battery capabilities. Microsoft may have explored options to prevent the glitch from its upcoming devices as this will definitely give Apple a hell of a headache. This further hinted that Microsoft will finally go for a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Microsoft currently claims of having success on its anti-Apple campaign, and launching a device with better battery life amid superb features and design is another milestone. A hybrid device designed to become a full-fledged desktop replacement, Surface Pro 5 easily outclass iPad Pro 2 while offering a good alternative to MacBook Pro.

While Microsoft has kept the release of information regarding Surface Pro 5 on the minimum, the Redmond giant may likely give a preview of the device during the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona this February although the device may not be ready for the market until Spring 2017.

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