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Surface Pro 5 to support eSIM, will upstage 2016 MacBook Pro

By Adie Pie , Dec 23, 2016 02:26 AM EST

Though the company has yet to release an official statement, it is speculated that Microsoft is already working on the Surface Pro 5. The successor to the highly praises Surface Pro 4 is expected to come with several new enhancements. Latest reports indicate that it may even be fitted with an eSIM, which might just change the landscape of the company's hardware altogether.

The report, which comes from Yahoo!, states that the tech giant has partnered with Transatel to produce eSIMs that will sell in Microsoft Stores. However, no hardware from the company currently supports this feature. As such, it is estimated that the upcoming Surface Pro 5 will carry the same.

If this is proved to be correct, the Surface Pro 5 will already be so much better than its predecessor. The eSIM cards will allow the device to have its own internet connection, without having to rely on Wifi. Furthermore - because eSIMs are universal - roaming charges will be minimized. This last point is mostly for business professionals, which might be the focus group of the device.

Furthermore, it is estimated that the Surface Pro 5 will run on Windows 10 and powered by Intel's latest Kaby Lake processor, which might provide a 19 percent performance bump. The Kaby Lake processor will also allow the hybrid device to support 4K video quality. Battery life will be improved as well and the device is expected for release sometime in May 2017.

If Microsoft continues to make these game-changing innovations, there is no doubt that consumer sales and the company's profits will continue to grow. Top Examiner notes that the tech giant has recently confirmed that the holiday should be good for its sales. November, in particular, was generous to the company. A company executive even claimed that more and more Mac users are switching to the Surface Pro.

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