Microsoft Surface Pro 5 Outed By Manufacturing Partners For March Launch With 4K Display And Kaby Lake

We reported early last month on some rumors of a Microsoft Surface Pro 5 launch this coming spring, and now, thanks to some gabby manufacturing partners, we're now getting confirmation of that and a few other finer details. As it turns out, we might just see Microsoft launch its next flagship convertible 2-in-1 before the end of March.

According to industry tracking site Digitimes, Microsoft has tasked Pegatron with handling the manufacturing responsibilities this go-around with Surface. That bodes well for Pegatron, as Microsoft also has it building its upcoming Surface Studio all-in-one PCs (which happen to be downright gorgeous, for the record). We're beginning to get the impression that the partnership is going well so far. 

Surface Pro 4
Microsoft's Surface Pro 4, due for a refresh... 

Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro is expected to come equipped with Intel Kaby Lake processors, and since this high-performance machine is likely to demand these higher performance chips, that bodes well for an upcoming announcement from Intel (perhaps at next week's CES 2017?). Beyond the processor, the Surface Pro 5 is also expected to have a 4K Ultra-HD display, for super-crisp rendering, 512GB+ SSDs, as well as USB-C and Thunderbolt 3.

A great feature overhaul, that's become a common thread in the latest crop of rumors, is that the device's stylus will no longer use a replaceable battery. Instead, in the quest for ultimate convenience, the pen is now rechargeable, and will recharge automatically when it's docked. Whenever Microsoft decides to unveil its latest HOTness, we're sure this will become a major marketing point.

That's about all we know of the Surface Pro 5 at this point, but given its launch target, it surely won't be too long before we learn more juicy tidbits.