First day of 2017 and we have it again – the likely launch date of Surface Pro 5 – the highly rumoured two-in-one from Microsoft that is being awaited for quite some time now.

Reports have been claiming that the Surface Pro 5 will launch in Spring or mid-2017 alongside a major update to Windows 10. Now a new report from Digitimes claims that the Surface Pro 5 will most likely launch in first quarter of 2017. The report claims that Pegatron Technology is going to manufacture the Surface Pro 4 successor and that there is a possibility that Microsoft could add Quanta Computer as one of its manufacturer for the Surface Pro 5.

The time frame suggested by Digitimes sits in line with previous reports that Surface Pro 5 could launch alongside Windows 10 Creators update. While Microsoft hasn’t confirmed any of this, its supply chain hasn’t been so tight lipped and courtesy of small leaks like these, analysts have put together a rough time frame of launch.

Read: Surface Pro 5 features that we would like to see

Microsoft has already showcased some of the features of the Windows 10 Creators update including Paint 3D and expanded support for mixed reality experiences and all this will offer Surface Pro 5 an edge over other devices.

Surface Pro 5 specifications have also been cropping up all over the web and considering that Microsoft would want to launch a beast of a device to beat all other devices – specifically the MacBook Pro – out there, we expect quite a few stunning hardware features.

For starters, the Surface Pro 5 could pack Intel Kaby Lake processor and with no other processor of this level released in the market so far, Microsoft will most likely go for this one. With Kaby Lake, Microsoft will automatically get ability to bless its Surface Pro 4 successor with 4K display, and provider longer battery life. The latest Digitimes report points to an Ultra HD display and that effectively sits in line with what we have been hearing so far. The report also points to magnetic charging stylus and while we are not sure if this refers to current magnetic connector of the Surface Pro family or a new technology altogether. Until Surface Pro 5 is officially confirmed, Surface Pro 4 is being sold at really impressive prices and we recommend you have a look at the prices on Amazon at least once.

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Lawrence John is a senior editor at TopExaminer. He has worked in the retail industry for more than 8 years. He loves to write detailed product reviews.

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