Microsoft is expected to announce refreshed Surface Pro 4 with Intel's Kaby Lake processors at its Shanghai event on May 23
Microsoft's Corporate VP of Devices, Panos Panay, has said that there is no such thing as Surface Pro 5. Speaking with CNET, Panay says Microsoft will launch the Surface Pro 5 only when it feels that it has achieved a meaningful change with the product. Panay's comments come just days ahead of its scheduled Surface hardware event in Shanghai on May 23.
"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 the product line," Panay explains.
The software giant was rumoured to introduce Surface Pro 5 at its Shanghai event and recent rumours hinted at the device getting Intel's seventh generation Kaby Lake processor and retaining the proprietary Surface connector. However, it now seems that the company might instead announce a refreshed version of its Surface Pro 4 and Panay says that it is 'making big strides in battery life or dropping the weight significantly' can be considered as a meaningful change.
Microsoft announced Surface Pro 4 alongside Surface Book at company's event in New York in October 2015. The company recently introduced Surface Laptop with a regular laptop-like clamshell design. The company has not updated the Surface Pro 4 for more than 18 months now and it seems the device will receive a minor refresh at Shanghai announcement.