Microsoft is slated to unveil its latest version of the Surface Pro line next Monday during an event in Shanghai — but counter to (some) expectations, the reveal won’t be an upgraded Pro 5 model of the hybrid PC.
The company will instead debut the Surface Pro, period. (That’s right, no number.) It appears to be more of a refresh to the line than a true successor, echoing leaked reports from those who’ve seen time with the device, who called it the “Surface 4.5.”
Respected leaker Evan Blass of Venture Beat obtained the first photos that purportedly show the Surface Pro, along with the news of the simplified moniker. The resetting of the Pro’s naming convention, which brings it under the same auspice of Apple’s MacBook Pro line, was teased earlier this month by Microsoft’s Surface devices chief Panos Panay, who said “There’s no such thing as a Pro 5.” He admitted a complete overhaul to the Pro wasn’t in the works, and the new name should give them a little more room for incremental updates.
Blass showed off the images of the new PC without providing much detail in terms of specs, calling the Surface Pro a “tock” release, similar to Apple’s incremental “S” updates to its iPhone line.
There is one clear takeaway from the leaked images, however: There won’t be a move to USB-C, which my colleague Ray Wong hoped for when the news of the incremental update leaked. Instead, the Pro looks like it retains the same ports as the Pro 4, which has been on the market since 2015.
The pics also show off some new Surface Pen and keyboard colors, which are similar to those of the new Surface Laptop that was unveiled at the beginning of the month at an event in New York City.
We’ll have a chance to check out the Surface Pro and find out some more spec details when it’s officially unveiled in Shanghai next week.