Check out the next Microsoft Surface Pro — just don't call it the 5

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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. Read more…

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