Will the Surface Pro 5 arrive in time for the Windows 10 Creators Update?

After a year and a handful with the impressive, not to mention commercially successful, Surface Pro 4, it’s only natural that we tech lovers are already thinking about a sequel. Although Microsoft is already reaping the benefits of Apple’s oversights, you can be certain that Redmond, too, is doing what it can to stay on top.

Rumors of a Surface Pro 5 have been floating around the internet since the current model was catapulted onto store shelves. The keyword there is “rumors”, however, as very few of those reports cite trustworthy sources. That goes without mentioning folks clamoring across message boards for their most desired features. (Can you guess the most popular one? It rhymes with “flattery.”)

Cut to the chase

  • What is it? The would-be fifth Surface Pro tablet
  • When is it out? Current rumors point to March 2017
  • What will it cost? Likely as much as – if not more than – the current model

Surface Pro 5 release date

As suggested earlier in the year, the second major update to Windows 10 is expected to arrive in spring 2017 to correspond with the launch of an unspecified family of hardware. More specifically, many circulating rumors claim that these new devices will come out in March alongside the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The hardware in question likely consists of the Surface Pro 5, Surface Book 2 and the long-rumored Surface Phone. With Intel’s Kaby Lake processors being the newest, the most obvious upgrade for the former two would be the move to these up-to-date chipsets – Core i7-7700HQ, anyone? 

We doubt the Surface Pro 5 will look terribly different from the previous Surface Pro 5 price

Historically, Surface pricing has sparsely fluctuated year after year. For that reason, we expect to see the Surface Pro 5 start at $899 (£749, AU$1,349) and escalate from there depending on specially configured hardware and bundled accessories.

That said, while it wouldn’t be ideal for Microsoft’s most devoted users if the company deviated too far from the norm, ambitious upgrades may necessitate that it does. For the price of the next Surface Pro to differ from its predecessors, it would have to offer some serious advantages over its last-gen sibling – not just a run-of-the-mill spec boost.