Microsoft’s VP Of Surface Says There’s No Such Thing As A “Pro 5”
Till now Microsoft has named the Surface 2-in-1 laptop in chronological order. It’s been the Pro, Pro 2, Pro 3, and Pro 4. The rumors around the Surface event on May 23rd has continued to come. There’s a flurry of conflicting rumors around the Surface 5, including the name. Some experts believe Microsoft will only offer an iterative update. Others claim the May 23rd event will bring us a Surface 5. If we don’t see an update to the Surface Pro 4, then what will we see? Well, we are honestly not sure.
Panos Panay, the corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Surface division, stated there is no such thing as a “Pro 5.” It’s been nearly two years since the Surface Pro 4 was updated, making it slower and outdated compared to other knock offs. What his statement could mean are two things. One, Microsoft isn’t going to upgrade the Surface or two, Microsoft is going to rename the Surface Pro 5 to something else.
Surface Pro 5 might not come on May 23rd
Microsoft announced the Surfacebook and recently the Surface Laptop. Microsoft won’t ditch the Surface 2-in-1 altogether but they might take a year to revolutionize the category. Some rumors claim Microsoft is going to change how we think about the Surface, and another year will help them refine what they’re doing.
Microsoft may try and make the Surface 5 a more prosumer device. Microsoft pitches these devices as professional devices but they’re underpowered. They don’t include a GPU or higher end specs you’d find in other professional devices. Companies like Dell, HP, Acer, and other OEMS have made Surface knock offs with higher specs, GPUs, and lower prices too.
What will happen to the May 23rd event? There aren’t many rumors around what will happen but we could see a refresh to the Surface Pro 4 and a Surfacebook. If they don’t do that, we will be left guessing.
Tell us in the comments below what you think Microsoft will announce during the May 23rd Shanghai event!