Any excitement for Microsoft’s Shanghai event on Monday has gone down the tubes, as their hardware unveil has been leaked: as suspected, it’s the next Surface Pro. Panos Panay had been quoted that there would be no "Surface Pro 5," and he was technically correct, as his team has removed the number from this iteration of the product. Those who were expecting some changes to the design will be sorely disappointed, as there only seem to be internal upgrades here. I am never getting that AMOLED panel, am I?
This is not a wholesale redesign, to be sure: It looks very much the same as its predecessor, first released in late 2015 alongside the company’s innovative Surface Book (whose successor will not debut in Shanghai, according to someone familiar with the company’s plans). Instead, the upgrades here are by and large internal (thus the "refresh" characterization). It’s very much a "tock" release, to use terminology commonly associated with S-branded Apple iPhone models. As optional accessories, the pen and keyboard will be available in a choice of four colors---similar, but not identical to the recently launched Surface Laptop’s palette.