The Microsoft Surface Pro 5 is expected to be launched this coming spring and it is rumored to come with AMD's latest Ryzen processors along with the latest Windows 10 Creators Update. There are rumors that say two variants of the Suurface Pro 5 will be launched - one with the said AMD CPU and another with rival Intel's latest processors.
According to Inquisitr, initial rumors indicated that the next Surface Pro will utilize Intel's latest 7th-generation Kaby Lake processors. There are new speculations, however, that the Surface Pro 5 will be powered by AMD Ryzen CPUs instead. The recent rumor emerged after a similar device was used in the teaser for the film "Alien: Covenant". The teaser shows a scientist using what looks like a Microsoft Surface Pro and later embedding a chip with the AMD logo on the head of Walter, played by Michael Fassbender. The shift from Intel to AMD wouldn't come as a surprise since the latter has been getting praises since its release. Also, other high-end devices such as the iMac 2017 and MacBook Pro have been rumored to be coming with the AMD Ryzen processors as well. Another rumor surfaced earlier that it is also possible that Microsoft will release two Surface Pro 5 variants with AMD and Intel chips. This rumor came about after a photo of a wall in Microsoft's building 88 was leaked indicating that there are more than one Surface Pro devices in the offing.
Unless an official announcement comes out, all these are mere speculations. PC Advisor suggested that the Surface Pro 5 may launch this spring so it just a matter of weeks before the industry finally gets to see the highly-anticipated convertible. There are a number of reasons why the Surface Pro 5 may come real soon. First, the Surface Pro series is ripe for an upgrade. Microsoft did not debut the Surface Pro 5 device at last year's October Windows event and last month's MWC 2017. It has been more than a year since the Surface Pro 4 was released so it is highly plausible that a new one is coming. Second, some retailers have slashed the price of the Surface Pro 4 by $100 back in January. A price drop for a current flagship device is a common indication that a new one is coming soon. Lastly, a leak from China says Pegatron, the maker of the Surface Studio, has already received a contract to manufacture the Surface Pro 5.
Earlier this month, Microsoft launched an updated Surface Book with impressive features including the 6th-generation Core i7 Skylake processor, 16GB of RAM, 1TB of solid-state storage and a cheaper $2,999 price tag. The launch of the Surface Pro 5 will likely not be as quiet as the Surface Book simply because the device, whether it would come with Intel or AMD Ryzen processors, is something everyone has been waiting for.