Microsoft Surface Pro 5 release date, specs news update: 2017 launch due to chipset delay; to sport 4K UHD display and 16 GB RAM

There are rumors buzzing on the Internet regarding Microsoft's launching of the new Surface Pro 5. It has been a long time since the tech giant released the Surface Pro 4, and many people think it is high time for Microsoft to launch the updated model this year. However, fans of the Surface Pro line may have to wait a little longer for the hybrid tablet's newest design as there are reports that Microsoft will delay the release of Surface Pro 5 to early 2017 as it waits for Intel's next big processing chipset.

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According to Mobi Picker, the Surface Pro 5 will be sporting an impressive random access memory (RAM) capacity amounting to 16 GB. There are also options for the buyers to choose the low-end Surface Pro 5 variant although it will have less than 16 GB RAM. Another interesting feature of Surface Pro 5 is the 4K ultra high-definition (UHD) screen display option that will maximize the visual experience of all Surface Pro users.

Surface Pro 5 will also get its own improved version of the Surface Pen, a unique USB Type C port and enhanced camera. The device is expected to run on Windows 10 Redstone 2 and have the anticipated AMD Polaris graphics processing unit (GPU).

Meanwhile, Surface Pro 5 is rumored to be powered by the latest Kaby Lake processor. It is expected to be the greatest and fastest chipset offering from Intel. However, Kaby Lake is reported to be released toward the end of 2016 and with that, the Surface Pro 5 will be released in the early part of 2017. According to Yibada, the Surface Pro 5 was reported to launch in June 2016 after the official announcement of the Kaby Lake technology at the 2016 Computex. However, as Intel pushed back the production of Kaby Lake chipsets to the final months of 2016, it is expected that the new Surface Pro will be not be present anytime soon.

The additional waiting period may be worth it after all as Surface Pro 5 is expected to be among the first devices to feature the said chipset. More importantly, the Kaby Lake processor is said to double the efficiency of the gadgets it will run.