Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) Surface Pro 4 is by far the best Surface device the company has created and is also the most sold tablet to date from the tech giant. The Surface Pro 4 released last year and rumors continue to circulate about the possible arrival ofA Surface Pro 5 sometime this year. There are rumors that the Surface Pro 5 would be arriving in 2017 as Microsoft is waiting for Intel Corp.’s (NASDAQ:INTC) Kaby Lake chipsets which are expected to be released by the end of 2016.
However, a new image recently discovered claims that Microsoft is planning to release a Surface device later this year. The picture which shows a wall in Microsoft’s Building 88 has placeholders for the upcoming Surface devices. Two devices are marked with 2017 while the one marked 2016 says Surface and Coming Soon at the bottom.
According to ZDnet, Microsoft will unveil the new Surface device in October 2016 and this could be the Surface Book 2, Surface 4 or the rumored AIO desktop PC which is expected to rival Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iMac. There are also rumors that the new Surface device could debut at the company’s Fall 2016 Hardware Event.
Rumors suggest that the launch of the Surface Pro 5 could be delayed until Spring 2017 because that is when the Windows RedStone 2 update is expected to be released. The Surface Pro 5 is rumored to have a 2K Display for the base model and a 4K for the high end model. The RAM on the new Surface Pro 5 is also rumored to top out at 16GB.
There are also rumors that the Surface Pro 5 could be Microsoft’s first tablet to make use of USB-C. USB-C is being adopted by premium devices because of its lightning fast charging and data transfers. Reports also indicate that the new device will get a better camera as well as some minor component tweaks.