After launching its new Surface Laptop last week, Microsoft has now rolled out a new hardware event which will take place in Shanghai on May 23. The Redmond-based company is expected to launch a new Surface product but based on some reports, we will not see the Surface Pro 5.
Coming out of an interview with CNET, a Microsoft Executive – Panos Panay – has revealed that Surface Pro 4 is here to stay and there is nothing as Microsoft Surface Pro 5 as of now.
“If people don’t want to buy our Pro 4 at this time, that’s OK, What I’m super, super sure of is that the people using a Pro 4 have a product that’s going to be competitive for five years,” he said.
However, Panos didn’t rule out the possibility of Surface Pro 5 being released in future which is why the May 23rd event might witness a hardware upgrade to Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
Explaining the reason why Microsoft will not release the Surface Pro 5, Panay said – “When it’s meaningful and the change is right, we’ll put it on market. Meaningful change isn’t necessarily a hardware change, which is what a lot of people look for. They’re like, ‘Where’s the latest processor?’ That’s not what I mean. I’m looking for an experiential change that makes a huge difference in the product line.”
“You’ll see that same meaningful impact when Pro 5, or Pro Next hits the market. There’s no such thing as a Pro 5,” – he added.
So unlike previous rumours which stated otherwise, the May 23rd event will see a new variant of Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with better processors, more storage, RAM and maybe a 4K screen and an improved surface Pen.