Over a year has passed since Surface Pro 4 made its debut as the new member of the Surface line-up and if you ask us Surface Pro 5 is due because Microsoft should strike one more mighty blow against Apple’s MacBook Pro when the iron is still hot.
Surface Pro 4 has been a hugely successful two-in-one for Microsoft and with November being one of its best months, sales over the holiday season in the current month would have definitely upped the sales chart of the hybrid. Surface Pro 5 hasn’t been officially confirmed and while we eagerly wait for a confirmation from Microsoft or even a teaser would do for now, there is a set of features that we would like to see in the upcoming hybrid.
Surface Pro 5 powered by Intel Kaby Lake Processors
Intel’s Kaby Lake processors offers a 12- to 19-per cent bump in integer performance over its predecessors and are definitely much more powerful than the processors that currently power the Surface Pro 4 line-up. The processors also have a more responsive “turbo boost” capability and with a dedicated, advanced video engine that promises some real gains—a whopping 2.6X increase in overall battery life when playing back 4K video using specific codecs, Intel Kaby Lake processors would be our choice for Surface Pro 5.
Surface Pro 5 with improved battery life
Microsoft claims that its Surface Pro 4 offers a battery backup of up to 9 hours and while real-life tests haven’t really achieved those marks, we believe that Surface Pro 5 can achieve those and beyond levels. To offer greater battery life, Surface Pro 5 will have to go for Intel Kaby Lake processors. Intel has claimed and even shown that its Kaby Lake processors offer a notebook a battery life of 9.5 hours while continuously looping video.
4K display on Surface Pro 5
Intel Kaby Lake processors natively support 4K and this effectively means that Surface Pro 5 could very well have a 4K display if Microsoft decides to offer stunning visuals to its customers.
Enhanced mobility with eSIM on Surface Pro 5
This is something of an emerging technology and will be nice to see Microsoft becoming of the first major hybrid manufacturer to adopt it. With eSIM, the SIM cards are standardized in mobile devices based on hardware. This effectively means that consumers more freedom and less obligation when choosing a data provider because eSIM automatically switches to the plan in the country where the user is located. While the average John Doe might not see this as a huge thing, business users among whom the Surface Pro 5 will be a hit will definitely find the technology useful and much needed.
If you are waiting for a Surface Pro 5, it could be at least a 6 months wait, so why not buy a Surface Pro 4 instead at impressive discounts.