While Microsoft is expected to refresh its Surface portfolio this year, not much is known about the rumoured Surface Pro 5 so far. Earlier this year, DigiTimes mentioned a report from Chinese publication Economic Daily News revealing that the new hybrid tablet could feature an Ultra HD display and a magnetic charging stylus, though this has yet to to be confirmed.
Yesterday, Paul Thurrott shared some interesting new details about the new device (via The Verge). According to him, the next Surface Pro will come with Intel's 7th gen Kaby Lake processors and also keep the proprietary Surface power connector. Expect "nothing dramatic," he added, meaning that this could pretty much be an iterative update that sticks with the familiar design of the Surface Pro 3 and 4 models.
Surface Pro 5 will not change the Surface Connect power connector, I was just told. Kaby Lake, nothing dramatic.
— Paul Thurrott (@thurrott) April 6, 2017
Keeping the Surface power connector makes sense if Microsoft wans to maintain compatibility with previous power adapters and docks. However, it remains to be seen it Microsoft will also keep the DisplayPort and full-size USB port on the Surface Pro 5. Several PC manufacturers are now replacing these with the new USB-C port, but a long-term vision means short-term annoyances for consumers.
Two weeks ago, ex- Surface GM Brian Hall tweeted his excitement about upcoming Surface devices, and we still hope to be impressed by the new portfolio. Microsoft is still rumoured to hold a hardware event this spring, and we hopefully won't have to wait much longer to discover what Microsoft has in the pipeline.