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Microsoft´s Panos Panay: No Surface Pro 5 Any Time Soon

In an interview, the corporate VP for Surface Computing at the Redmond giant, Panos Panay, has clarified that the Surface Pro 4 will be a competitive product for at least five more years, explaining that Microsoft will put a new Surface Pro on the market when it’s meaningful.

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Talking to CNET, has all but confirmed that the Surface Pro 5 is way down the line and we won't be seeing such a device in the near future. Talking about the 5, the head of Surface Computing said that “there's no such thing as a Pro 5.

He also clarified in the interview that Microsoft plans on keeping the Surface Pro 4 as a competitive product for five years. But this doesn't mean a new Surface Pro device isn't in the making.

When asked about a fifth-gen Surface Pro, the executive said that when it was “meaningful and the change is right, we'll put it on market.” Commenting on what he means by meaningful change, he said that for Microsoft change isn't only about processing power.

According to him, the company is focusing on other important aspects such as improving the battery life of the or dropping its weight.

Finally, Panay elaborated further on the term meaningful change, promising similar meaningful impact “when Pro 5 or Pro Next hits the market”. As a result, we can only assume that Microsoft doesn't plan on releasing the before 2022 unless it decides that it should move on from the Surface Pro 4.

Surface Pro 5: What we know so far

Despite the fact that Panay brushes off rumors about Microsoft releasing the Surface Pro 5 in the near future, we already had some indications about the device. For example, Toby Fitch – a product designer for Microsoft – listed the Surface Pro 5 as one of the products he is working on, on his LinkedIn profile.

In spite of some rumors that wanted the highly-anticipated hybrid device featuring an AMD chipset, Paul Thurrott said back in April that according to his sources the Surface Pro 5 will feature an Intel Kaby Lake processor. For a detailed analysis of the Surface Pro 5 rumors, check here.

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Kostas Papanikolaou
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Kostas is a former sports journalist and an amateur gamer. Combining his love for technology with his writing experience, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. Being an artistic “soul”, he is also writing poems and short stories.

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