Rumors have already been rife that Microsoft is working on two new surface models, including a bigger variant and a mini variant of the Surface tablet, to take on its rival Samsung's and Apple's pro models of tablets. Samsung already sells Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet, and now that even Apple has added its biggest ever iPad, the iPad Pro 12.9, in its portfolio of products, Microsoft would not want to stay behind in competition. The company is getting ready to finally take the curtains off to unveil the fourth-generation Surface tablet versions.
Microsoft is hosting an event in New York City on October 6, wherein the company is expected to launch an array of new smartphones including the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL, and the Lumia 550, Microsoft Band 2, and a slimmer Xbox One, along with the sequel to the Surface Pro 3, all running Windows 10 OS. Just about a day back, Microsoft's upcoming budget smartphone, the Lumia 550 leaked in official render. The company is expected to announce this budget handset along with its flagships Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL at the upcoming event.
Speculated specifications and features: Microsoft Surface Pro 4
As per latest speculation and rumors, Microsoft will be unveiling a 12-inch successor to the current Surface Pro 3, and a more powerful, bigger 14-inch Surface variant as well. The 14-inch Surface tablet will pack in WQHD display offering 1440 x 2160 pixels resolution, working out to a pixel density of 185PPI. Reportedly, the tablet will be powered by the new Skylake Core chipset from Intel, with up to 16GB of RAM and up to a crazy 500GB of inbuilt memory space. Seems like, this massive Surface tablet will be an alternate to Windows OS laptop users.
The report also mentions that Microsoft does not plan to play around with the design, and want to keep it the same as the Surface Pro 3, which did pretty well for the company. Hence, expect the Surface Pro 4 to come with similar design ergonomics as its predecessor.
Moreover, the company is also brining some exciting news for current Surface 3 owners. Microsoft GM Brian Hall has stated that the upcoming Surface Pro will be compatible with the Surface Pro 3's accessories, which would mean that accessories like Docking station and Type Cover from the current generation models will work for the upcoming Surface Pro 4 tablet as well. Though, the company will be introducing new range of accessories as well.
Furthermore, the new Surface Pro 4 will most likely come with a stylus pen with features that can be well utilized for a big screen device to enhance the user experience. The inclusion of a new stylus pen makes more sense considering that Windows 10 OS version also brings features that support handwriting.
Why a new, bigger, more powerful Surface?
Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 3 tablet in 2013, and got much appraise for its design and features. With the Surface Pro 4, the company wants to continue the trend, but at the same time wants to bring a solid challenger to the Apple's recently launched iPad Pro. It is important for the company to launch a tough competitor to the iPad Pro, and availability of Samsung's Galaxy Pro 12.2, before these snatch away the market share.
To know more about the product, stay tuned, as we will be covering the Microsoft Windows 10 devices event. The event will start at 10:00 am EDT (7:30 PM IST) on Tuesday, and will be live-streamed.