Why Microsoft might delay the Surface Pro 5 to 2017

By: Vamien McKalin
2 minute read

We’re all looking forward to seeing what the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 looks like and what it can deliver. However, there’s a chance Microsoft may have to delay the laptop/tablet due to the Intel Kaby Lake 7th generation processors.

According to a report from Tech Times, the software giant could delay the launch of the Surface Pro 5 due to the fact that the new line of Intel processors, Kaby Lake, are set to hit store shelves in late 2016.

From what we have come to understand, it appears Microsoft would rather use the latest processor technology instead of moving forward with an Intel 6th generation core processor. The company could decide to launch the Surface Pro 5 with an older processor, but that would likely force Microsoft to release another version with Kaby Lake at a later date.

Apple does it all the time, but it seems Microsoft is not interested in having too many variants of the same machine on the market.

As it stands right now, if the rumors are true, Microsoft may launch the Surface Pro 5 in early 2017 instead of late 2016. That shouldn’t be much of an issue with Surface Pro 4 users seeing as the computer is still one of the most powerful Windows 10 devices on the market today.

Only few computers in its class can compete with the Surface Pro 4, which is a testament of the great work the software giant has done when designing the device.

Back in 2015, Microsoft showed the world the Surface Pro 4, but it didn’t stop there. It also revealed the Surface Book, the company’s first computer that is a laptop first and a tablet second. The Surface Pro 4 for the sake of comparison, is a tablet first and a laptop second.

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