Microsoft Surface Pro 4 may have two variants, and should be available before the rumored iPad Pro

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 may have two variants, and should be available before the rumored iPad Pro
While there has been a steady stream of purported leaks and conjecture over a more business oriented iPad, dubbed the iPad Pro, we must not forget about a credible successor to Microsoft’s excellent Surface Pro 3, which is approaching its first birthday.

Not wanting to ruin a good recipe, Microsoft is reportedly working on a Surface Pro 4 and it will probably not be a wholesale departure from its predecessor.

What will Microsoft have in store for us with the newest Surface? Well it looks like we will have a couple choices, big and bigger. The 12-inch display will carry on, and there may also be a 14-inch display option to choose. Both are rumored to have 2160x1440 resolution.

On the inside, the latest and greatest from Intel, Core M Broadwell silicon based on the bleeding edge 14nm build process, will be running the show. That means the Surface Pro 4 may be among the first full powered tablet/Ultrabook/laptop/PC that will ship without a cooling fan. Of course, we can speculate even further based on the Intel chip (if accurate). That all translates to the possibility of an even thinner package, and it will probably score high marks for battery life as well.

Memory and storage is not confirmed, but 8 or maybe even up to 16GB of RAM may be possible, and without a fan, there is room for even bigger SSD storage. The stylus is sure to be around for the party.

Assuming that not too much power is given up in favor of the efficiency that is sure to be realized with the Intel Broadwell CPU, the Surface Pro 4 looks like it will be ready and able to pick up where the Surface Pro 3 leaves off. The newest line of Surface Pro tablets are expected to hit the market in the latter part of the second quarter 2015.

source: Inquisitr

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16 Comments

1. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Ah, hope they don't go with Core M. I can understand them wanting to make it fanless and even thinner, but they've already demonstrated that they can manage to use Core i5s and Core i7s with the Surface Pro 3. Plus 5th generation Intel Broadwell chips are more efficient than the outgoing 4th generation, so they really probably can make it work.

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5579; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Actually the Surface Pro 3 64GB i3 model had a i3-4020Y Intel rebranded the Core i Y brand into the Core Ms I think MS will do something similar for the Pro 4 Core M for the cheapest ~$700 i5U/i7U for the $800+ models

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1440; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

loving my i7 surface pro 3, the only problem i have is overheating when playing games but that is too be expected with such thin device and no dedicated gpu.

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

might be picking this up when it drops assuming the price is around the same as the pro3 that is. and they stick with i5 and i7 no core m please

4. Chuck007

Posts: 1409; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Awesome! Have been waiting for this.

5. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

A Core M with be a performance downgrade On a 10" version (to replace RT) it would make sense..

7. TheGunnyPT

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

Still using my original Surface Pro, to draw/animate. Do need to upgrade though.. So let's see how the SP4 stands out once it comes out.. Really need good information on the Pen.

8. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

4th Generation of this product on the way while apple's first gen is about to come. I hope that the surface pro would be a lot thinner and lighter since when using it in tablet mode it is heavy and a little bit uncomfortable.

9. SIGPRO

Posts: 2809; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple is going to add usb ports on the new ipad and they will call it ipad pro.........what a joke! The ipad pro will not even come near the Surface pro 4, The current Surface Pro 3 is the best tablet, performance is outstanding!

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Apple could fool everybody and also make a MacTab as well as the Ipad Pro. if it's as thin as the Ipad air. it would be an interesting PC tablet to own. of course Apple Fans would say it's Better than a Surface Pro 3 or 4 but that's to be expected. I'm an Surface Pro fan myself. If Windows 10 with it's Universal apps is as good as I expect it to be then the Surface Pro 4 with Windows 10 will be Dynamite. A 14 inch Surface Pro 4 will be a monster tablet to own a lot of people will want one because they think the 12 inch Surface Pro 3' screen is too small in laptop Mode. I think most People use their Surface Pro tablets on a table or desk anyhow so a 14 inch model will suit them just fine. Microsoft still needs a Surface Mini running an Atom CPU that costs under 400 dollars for people who cannot afford to spend 800 dollars on any surface Pro 1, 2. 3 or 4.

11. mixedfish

Posts: 1542; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Vaio Canvas for me, the Surface doesn't interest me anymore.

12. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Core M? Unless they're trying to push the price down to attract a new crop of buyers, it's going to prove utterly useless for those who want to use the tablet for something other than web browsing.

13. MrHate

Posts: 313; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

The surface pro is the best thing out there at the moment but it's so damn expensive..

14. spacemanjupiter

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 09, 2015

"That means the Surface Pro 4 may be among the first full powered tablet/Ultrabook/laptop/PC that will ship without a cooling fan." Full powered my butt. That would be a step back as far as performance goes. Either they have active cooling, a faster cpu, a refined digitizer/pen, and MUCH faster GPU for some serious work, or no buy from me.

15. JayFiveAlive

Posts: 67; Member since: May 30, 2014

iPad Pro is not the same as a Surface Pro, at least not if the rumors are correct. iPad Pro is just a larger iPad with iOS. SP is obviously full-fledged laptop that can run any normal PC applications, hook up to any device, etc. I have mentioned it in the past, but will mention it here again - if the rumors are true, why on earth does Apple think the iPad Pro will compete with the SP? They are different uses... most people who do actual real work cannot do it on an iPad outside of emailing and limited use in a few apps. Maybe I am missing something :P

16. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Would buy 14 inch if it comes with skylake i5/i7 processor.

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