Microsoft’s Panos Panay says ‘there’s no such thing’ as the Surface Pro 5

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If you were hoping to catch a glimpse of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 at the company’s upcoming Shanghai event, we have some bad news for you.

In a recent interview with CNET, Panos Panay, the head of all things Surface at Microsoft, says that the company won’t release a new version of its popular Surface Pro device until there’s “an experiential change that makes a huge different in product line.”

Panos believes that meaningful change goes beyond updating the computer to the latest processor and instead constitutes more significant changes like improved battery life and a reduction in weight.

Panay makes things even clearer by stating equivocally that “there’s no such thing as the Surface Pro 5.” He also says that the Surface Pro 4 is a workhorse that users will be able to use for quite some time.

“What I’m super, super sure of is that the people using a Pro 4 have a product that’s going to be competitive for five years,” says Panos in the interview.

It’s unclear exactly what Microsoft plans to reveal at the company’s May 23rd event in Shanghai, though some reports indicate a new iteration of the Microsoft Band or possibly a version of the Surface Pro 4 with upgraded Kaby Lake Intel processors, could be shown off.

During the company’s recent education-focused keynote, Microsoft revealed the Surface Laptop as well as a new lightweight version of its operating system called Windows 10 S.

Source: CNET