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Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date and specs rumors: Hybrid laptop to run on Kaby Lake; release moved to 2017?

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The highly anticipated release of Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is said to be delayed to 2017. It is certainly disappointing news for many Microsoft fans who have been waiting for the hybrid device to come out in the market.

According to reports, the delay of its release is caused by Microsoft's plan to run the upcoming hybrid laptop on Intel's next generation processor, the Kaby Lake. The processor is said to be under development as of the moment and will not be released until late this year. The Kaby Lake promises to be more powerful and faster than the current Intel processor, the Skylake.

The previous iteration of Microsoft Surface Pro was well received by tech freaks: however, there were a lot of complaints regarding its battery feature, which has affected its sales. According to reports, the company is making sure they take care of all certain details of the device before they release it in the market. Apparently, Microsoft has learned their lesson and will work on how they can improve the battery technology of the upcoming Surface Pro 5. The new Kaby Lake processor is also expected to help extend the battery life of the device as it will make it more efficient.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 will also feature a 4K display and will run on 16 GB of RAM. This is clearly a device for multitasking.

According to recent reports, the hybrid laptop will carry the latest NVidia GPU. It will also have USB Type-C port and a fingerprint scanner. The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is said to compete with Apple's upcoming MacBook Pro 2016 and if rumors prove to be true, the device will have a starting price of $1,199.

Speculations have also emerged suggesting that Microsoft is planning to release the device with a pre-installed Windows 10 Redstone 2 operating system. However, these reports have yet to be confirmed by the American software giant.

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