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

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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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posted on 09 Mar 2015, 02:45 2

1. Penny (Posts: 1667; Member since: 04 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:07

6. vincelongman (Posts: 5043; Member since: 10 Feb 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

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 02:47 1

2. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1302; Member since: 28 Mar 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 02:47 1

3. arch_angel (Posts: 1651; Member since: 20 Feb 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

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 03:18 3

4. Chuck007 (Posts: 1302; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

Awesome! Have been waiting for this.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 04:06

5. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

A Core M with be a performance downgrade

On a 10" version (to replace RT) it would make sense..

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 05:17 1

7. TheGunnyPT (Posts: 252; Member since: 12 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 05:34

8. yoosufmuneer (Posts: 1518; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 06:19 1

9. SIGPRO (Posts: 1862; Member since: 03 Oct 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!

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 10:13

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1580; Member since: 14 Feb 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 10:34

11. mixedfish (Posts: 1326; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

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

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 12:06

12. LessThanDoug (Posts: 54; Member since: 03 Dec 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.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 12:27

13. MrHate (Posts: 291; Member since: 09 Feb 2015)

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

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 20:20

14. spacemanjupiter (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Mar 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.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 10:07

15. JayFiveAlive (Posts: 67; Member since: 30 May 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

posted on 15 Mar 2015, 12:21

16. Ruturaj (Posts: 1482; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

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

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