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Successor to Microsoft Surface Pro 3 may not land until October

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Successor to Microsoft Surface Pro 3 may not land until October
With the announcement of the Surface 3, whose design language borrows from the still successful Surface Pro 3, and the upcoming Build 2015 developer conference, Microsoft may opt to release the Pro 3’s successor later in the year when Windows 10 is launched, rather than the June/July timeframe.

While that would not make those waiting on the new tablet very happy, it does make sense to release the new Surface Pro device when Windows 10 is available, as it would be the first device to deliver with Microsoft’s new operating system pre-loaded.

However, since Windows 10 is going to be a free upgrade to everyone running Windows 8.1, Microsoft could always pull the trigger sooner if it needed to be that flexible.

Market release dates aside, what we are more interested in is what the new Surface Pro will actually be. There have been no definitive rumors or leaks, but based on what we shared last month, the next generation Surface Pro may have two size options (12-inch and 14-inch 2K displays), have storage options up to 1TB, and 16GB of RAM.

Like other Surface Pro tablets, the stylus will still be part of the package, and expect a continued variety of Type Cover keyboards. Also, like previous Surface Pro tablets, the price tag will also be a premium above the newly announced Surface 3.

source: Inquisitr

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posted on 05 Apr 2015, 03:19 1

1. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

I suspect its because MS is waiting for Intel's Skylake Core M and U processers
Hopefully Intel don't delay any longer
And its Core M for the $800 and i5 U for the $1000 again
I don't want all of them to be Core M

posted on 08 Apr 2015, 21:08

12. deuel18 (Posts: 41; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

I hate the Core M too. But at the same time, I'm hoping that the skylake will be out this year. Specially for the desktop and mobile i-family

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 04:16 5

2. faptastic (Posts: 65; Member since: 19 Aug 2014)

How much new stuff is there to warrant a Surface pro 4 anyway? The pro 3 is already lonely at the top. As long as there's no valuable new tech that warrants an upgrade, why bother? I can only see USB-C as possible addition, but that doesn't seem like a killer feature just quite yet. And since apple isn't putting out any competition either. Their core m macbook is inferior in every way and quite a lot more expensive.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 05:03 5

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

New Skylake CPU , witch also bring DDR4 memory .

And there are some rummors that the new Skylake arquitecture will have major changes and be as big as the jump from Pentium to Core2 ,

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 12:18

11. Ruturaj (Posts: 1483; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

Skylake will bring to DDR4 to only powerful processors (Skylake-H and Skylake-S), Surface pro 4 will use Skylake-U which will have DDR3 again. Still other upgrades (graphics, performance and battery usage) are significant.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 04:58

3. milad95 (Posts: 11; Member since: 07 Dec 2013)


posted on 05 Apr 2015, 05:18 1

5. vuyonc (Posts: 1062; Member since: 24 Feb 2014)

If they manage to fit a decent low power fanless dedicated GPU (Nvidia's Pascal or AMD's Arctic Islands for 2016), that would make a worthy Surface Pro successor!

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 07:32

6. jove39 (Posts: 1976; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

Unlikely, surface form factor is for best efficiency and iGPU is beat for that

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 09:25

7. Chuck007 (Posts: 1306; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)

Doesn't matter to me much tbh... gonna buy a Surface 3 to replace my iPad Air 2. Don't need the horsepower when I am gonna get Skylake on desktop for games anyway.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 14:10

8. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I predict the Fan less Surface Pro 4 will be as thin as the New Atom CPU Surface 3 and way lighter then current Surface Pro 3. Surface Pro 3 fan who can afford to buy one will have a smile as wide as a mile on their Faces. there will still be Surface pro's that have a CPU fan because Intel i5 and i7 powerful CPU's require them. I predict Microsoft will lower the cost of the current Surface 3 before Christmas time to at least 450 dollar and sell a lot on them.

posted on 05 Apr 2015, 14:20

9. Hitokage (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Mar 2015)

Just imagine a Surface made to game. Unrealistic, but gaming tablets do have a really good niche, in my opinion.

posted on 06 Apr 2015, 09:36

10. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

Because Microsoft's OEM partners WANT WINDOWS 10 ON THEIR DEVICES BY September 2015 school opening sessions. I predict that Microsoft will RTM the most stable build of Windows 10 they have by the 4th of July and have their OEM partners test it. The Microsoft OEM partners will have Windows 10 devices on sale by no later than mid September. I think the Surface Pro 4 could be for sale in September 2015 to show case Windows 10. since the Surface Pro 4 will use the Surface 3's accessories do not look for any case design thickness changes I thought they could make it thinner but MS probably wont do that because it will use the Surface Pro 3 desktop dock but at least their may be a fan less Core M version that may be lighter in weight. Microsoft will then make fast track updates to the OS to make it better.

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