Surface Vice President Panos Panay has some bad news about the rumoured Surface Pro 5
Those waiting for the long-rumoured successor to the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will be disappointed to learn that there is “no such thing as a Pro 5”.
At least, that’s according to Vice President for Surface Panos Panay, who spoke to CNET earlier this week.
In the interview, Panay explained that his team would only launch a next-generation Surface Pro 5 device when it had achieved some “meaningful change”.
“Meaningful change isn’t necessarily a hardware change, which is what a lot of people look for,” the Surface boss clarified.
“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.”
Panos Panay does not want to simply bump the processor in the Surface Pro 4 and brand it “Pro 5”
The Surface Vice President listed some examples of the “meaningful change” he would like to see in the next-generation product, including a huge leap forward in battery life, or a lighter design – rather than a simple processor bump.
But that doesn’t mean Microsoft has no plans for new hardware.
Panay and the Microsoft team are holding a media even in Shanghai on May 23rd to “show the world what’s next”.
The Surface Vice President tweeted about the event with the hashtag #surface – hinting that we’re inline to see some new hardware from Microsoft.
Although the Surface Pro 5 might not exist, it’s possible that Microsoft is planning a minor refresh for the Surface Pro, upgrading the chipset to keep the product competitive.
And there’s always the possibility Microsoft wants to plans to debut its long-rumoured Surface Phone.
Rumours of the flagship phone have circulated online for years, with the project now believed to be under the supervision of Surface Vice President Panos Panay.
Industry sources claim Intel is heavily involved in the smartphone project.
The hugely successful chipmaker could help the Surface smartphone realise its plans to bridge the gap between a smartphone and a productive mobile device.
Microsoft has never formally acknowledged the existence of a Surface Phone, although it has made several hints.
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