Building a better Surface Pro 4

The Surface Pro 4 is coming. More accurately, it seems safe to assume that one should be coming soon.

There were only 8 months between the launch of the Surface Pro and the Surface Pro 2. There were only 8 months between the launch of the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface Pro 3. It is now about 8 months since the Surface Pro 3 launched, so…

Rumors about the Surface Pro 4 have circulated pretty much since Microsoft unveiled the Surface Pro 3. They’re starting to gather steam, though, and evolve from rumor to speculation–rumor’s only-slightly-more-credible cousin.

Some expect Microsoft to unveil details of the next-generation Surface Pro tablet at or before its Build developer conference in San Francisco at the end of April. There is also speculation that the new tablet won’t actually be available until fall to coincide (and probably come pre-loaded) with Windows 10.

Regardless of timing, I think it’s fair to assume a new Surface Pro tablet will come along eventually. What features or benefits do you think Microsoft should include in the Surface Pro 4. Give us your opinion with this very short survey:

Are you looking forward to the Surface Pro 4? Do you plan to buy one, or consider the next-generation Surface tablet for your next PC purchase? Share your thoughts about the Surface Pro line, and what you wish for or expect from a Surface Pro 4 in the comments below.

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  1. I know this is an older post, but I have a few theories (which have been further solidified as a result of the Surface 3 rumors now circulating).

    Surface Pro was a Ivy Bridge machine (I’m currently using it to type this).
    Surface Pro 2 was Haswell.
    It’s a widely held belief that Surface Pro 3 was originally intended to be a Broadwell-based device, but since Broadwell was delayed severely, the chassis redesign had to be done with a current-generation SoC.

    Now. Knowing that each generation of Surface was designed around having a new SoC, I believe that the Surface Pro 4 will indeed skip Broadwell and go straight to having a Skylake SoC due to the fact that it was originally planned for SP3 to have a Broadwell chip (and, hence, SP4 to have a Skylake chip).

    Would you gimp your new products simply because an older one was weakened due to delays? No! I wouldn’t. If Skylake isn’t delayed, then I believe that SP4 will use that processor.

    With Surface 3 using a Core M/Atom SoC, that should tide over potential consumers with a shiny “new” product to buy until the Surface Pro 4 is fully ready for production with its Skylake processor.

    I’m also hoping that Microsoft will take advantage of USB 3.1 Type C to add more ports to the device, and potentially an improved battery with the increased board space that Skylake SoCs will provide due to having a smaller footprint than Haswell.


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