Surface Pro 5 News – release date, UK price, features, specs

Microsoft has just unveiled the new Surface Pro. Read the latest news about the 2017 Surface Pro 5 specs, price and UK launch date.

Everything we know about Microsoft’s upcoming professional Windows tablet, the Surface Pro 5


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Microsoft has just announced its new Surface Pro (aka the Surface Pro 5). We are in the process of updating this article, so please keep hitting refresh.

In the meantime, enjoy the introductory video at the top of this page. It’s been 17 months since the release of the Surface Pro 4, which happens to be the same period of time Microsoft waited to launch it after the Surface Pro 3. But this isn’t the Surface Pro 5.

Nope – it’s just Surface Pro. It is new, though and here’s what you need to know about it.

When is the Surface Pro 5 release date?

The new Surface Pro was announced in a special Microsoft event[2] starting at 12 noon on 23 May 2017. See also: Best convertible laptops and tablets[3].

How much will the Surface Pro 5 cost in the UK?

There’s no UK pricing just now, but the entry-level US model costs £799. The Surface Pro 4 starts at ?749[4] and we don’t expect this to change much.

When more rumours – or hard facts – emerge, we’ll update this article, so keep it bookmarked if you’re excited about the Surface Pro 5.

What are the features and specs?

At a glance, it’s hard to spot the differences, but the new Surface Pro is thinner and lighter than its predecessors. This image, comparing Surface Pro 4 (left) and Surface Pro 5 is from our sister site PCWorld, which has a hands-on review of the new Surface Pro[5]. Surface Pro 5 vs Surface Pro 4

As you’d expect, it has Intel’s latest processors inside from the seventh-generation Core range – read more in our Kaby Lake explainer.[6] Microsoft says this means a 20 percent performance boost over the Surface Pro 4.

Plus, the more efficient chips also help run time: battery life is claimed to be 13.5 hours, just one hour less than the Surface Laptop. The new Windows tablet has an improved stylus: the new Surface Pen can sense when you tilt it like the Apple Pencil and has 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity. Surface Pro 5 vs Surface Pro 4

You can use the Surface Dial on the fifth-generation Surface Pro, which itself has a “next-generation” hinge that supports what Microsoft is calling “Studio mode” – a nod to the big Surface Studio.

The hinge lets the tablet recline to 165 degrees. Like the recently unveiled Surface Laptop, the optional keyboard for the new Surface Pro is covered in Alcantara. That’s something sure to polarise opinion, with many criticising the choice of material for not being durable enough and its tendency to show every mark.

One of the most interesting things is that the Surface Pro 5 doesn’t have USB-C, which seems like a strange omission from Microsoft. Instead it sticks with the Surface connector for charging. Surface Pro 2017

. Surface Pro 5 rumours - release date price specs

There was a lot of speculation that the new Surface would use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 635 processor instead of an Intel Kaby Lake chip. The benefits of this would be longer battery life, and potentially the addition of LTE for mobile connectivity.

But the seventh-generation Intel Core chip is the logical choice. A leak from a Chinese website (via Digitimes[7]) claims that Microsoft has given the manufacturing contract for the Surface Pro 5 to Pegatron (which also makes the Surface Studio).

Surface as a Service Program

“The digital revolution is changing the traditional workplace environment, making us more reliant on our peers to share knowledge and work together; while more people are working remotely and need to be productive from anywhere. And, the workforce demographic is shifting towards millennials who are more collaborative, multi-task more, and use multiple devices,” said Microsoft in a blog post.

The Surface as a Service Program means that authorised distributors can offer Surface devices with a subscription model.

This will help customers get the latest devices without large upgrade costs.

It has started with ALSO, a leading Cloud Solution Provider in Europe.

References

  1. ^ (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  2. ^ special Microsoft event (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  3. ^ Best convertible laptops and tablets (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  4. ^ Surface (www.microsoftstore.com)
  5. ^ hands-on review of the new Surface Pro (www.pcworld.com)
  6. ^ Kaby Lake explainer. (www.pcadvisor.co.uk)
  7. ^ Digitimes (www.digitimes.com)

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