Surface Pro 5: 4 Reasons to Wait & 4 Reasons Not To

It’s never too early to get ready for the next major update. That’s why you need to know if you should wait for the Surface Pro 5 or buy your 2017 Surface Pro today. Use these reasons to guide your decision.

Smart shoppers are always looking for what’s next and it’s time to start thinking about the next Surface Pro. That’s why interest in the Surface Pro 5 is starting to pick up.

It doesn’t hurt that the users are hoping for a lot of new features from a 2018 Surface Pro. Some want a new OLED display with deep blacks and brighter colors. Others want a USB 3.0 Type-C port or a Thunderbolt 3 for fast data transfers. Quick charging technology wouldn’t hurt either; the 2017 Surface Pro lasts 13.5-hours on a single charge, but a fast charging Surface Pro 5 would make battery life worries a thing of the past.

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These reasons to wait and reasons not to wait are essential because the 2017 Surface Pro isn’t so bad that you absolutely should wait. Its battery lasts for a full day of productivity and its display is sensitive to 4,096 different levels of pressure from its digital pen. That’s the most of any Surface Pro. You can finally browse the internet on a Surface Pro without hunting for free Wi-Fi because of LTE support.

Here are the reasons you should and shouldn’t consider waiting for the Surface Pro 5.

  • Wait If You Need the Best Battery Life Possible
  • Wait If You Need USB Type-C
  • Wait If You Want More Storage and Processing Power
  • Wait If You Need Better Bundles
  • Don’t Wait for Great Surface Pro Deals
  • Don’t Wait for New Surface Type Covers
  • Don’t Wait for LTE Connectivity
  • Don’t Wait for the Latest Software Updates

Surface Pro 5 Release Date

Before you act on these reasons to wait on the Surface Pro 5 or buy a 2017 Surface Pro today, take the timing of a potential Surface Pro 5 release into consideration. Microsoft revealed the 2017 Surface Pro at an event in May of 2017. It’s highly unlikely that a 2018 Surface Pro would debut before May 2018. Even a reveal around the time is somewhat problematic; Microsoft has waited 16 months to replace some Surface Pro models in the past.

Potential Surface Pro 5 Price

Also, as you’re considering these reasons to wait for the Surface Pro 5 and reasons not to, keep the potential price in mind. It’s possible you won’t like the Surface Pro 5 price at all.

Microsoft doesn’t have the best track record with Surface Pro prices. It’s more expensive to buy a 2017 Surface Pro than it was to buy a Surface Pro 4 a year ago. Microsoft stopped including the Surface Pen with any bundles, making it an extra $99.99 charge. A Surface Signature Type Cover costs another $159.99.

Microsoft did all this while leaving Surface Pro pricing unchanged. A 2017 Surface Pro with Intel Core m3 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs $799 without discounts.

Wait If You Need the Best Battery Life Possible

Wait If You Need the Best Battery Life Possible

Wait for the Surface Pro 5 to arrive if you need the best battery life possible.

Rumors indicate that at least one Surface Pro 5 model will use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor and run Windows 10 on ARM. That’s the same processor that allows your smartphone to instantly wake from sleep and last for days on standby. This is important because PCs with the same processor and version of Windows from Lenovo and HP last for around 20 hours of videos before needing to charge.

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Compare that 20 hours of potential battery life to the 13.5 hours of video the 2017 Surface Pro lasts for and that’s a pretty important reason to wait for Surface Pro 5.

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