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Microsoft's Surface chief dashes hopes of a Surface Pro 5 launch on 23 May

By Cookie Monster - on 9 May 2017, 1:00am

Microsoft's Surface chief dashes hopes of a Surface Pro 5 launch on 23 May

When Microsoft's Surface chief Panos Panay tweeted last week that a Surface device would be revealed at an event in Beijing on 23 May, most of us jumped to the conclusion that it would be the Surface Pro 5. We were wrong. 

During an interview with CNET, Panay hinted that it is not time yet to launch the successor to the Surface Pro 4. In fact, he feels that the Surface Pro 4 is a product which will stay competitive for five years!

When probed further on the possibility of a Surface Pro 5 on 23 May, Panay shared that Microsoft will only bring it to market when the product is "meaningful and the change is right". He added that "there's no such thing as a Pro 5". 

Panay - 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 product line."

Instead of just upgrading the processor, Panay believes experiential changes should include huge improvements in battery life or reducing the weight of the device significantly. He is confident that the true successor of the Surface Pro 4 will bring these meaningful impacts when it hits the market.

With the Surface Pro 5 out of the picture, The Verge believes Microsoft will refresh its Surface Pro 4 lineup with the latest Intel Kaby 7th Gen Core processors. What about the mythical Surface Phone? Windows Central claimed that Microsoft could launch up to three variants of the Surface Phone for different markets in 2017. In fact, it was initially reported to launch last month

Source: CNET via The Verge