Most smartphone and tablet makers keep annual upgrade schedule and Microsoft in this case is no different. The Surface Pro 3 was announced a year ago almost to the day so it’s the right time to expect a successor. It looks like one may be actually on the way. According to the latest rumors, Microsoft may announce the Surface Pro 4 this month.
Surface Pro 4 featuring thinner fanless design may be revealed on May 20th
The tablet has been leaking rather intensively lately so there is no doubt that it will be unveiled soon. The question is when. Many expected the Surface Pro 4 to go official at BUILD 2015 which is currently underway, but it hasn’t so far. Instead, the tablet may be announced on May 20th – exactly a year after the Surface Pro 3 debuted.
Whether it’s May 20th or another day, it’s obvious that it won’t be long until we see the slate in all its glory. A few days ago the new Surface’s specs surfaced (no pun intended) in a report from Chinese site 36kr. According to the source, the tablet is going to sport a thinner fanless design with “tiny holes” to regulate the temperature but other than that it is said to be pretty similar to its predecessor.
The device allegedly packs a 12-inch display with 2160 x 1440 pixel resolution and is powered by a 5th-gen Intel (Broadwell) Core i-series CPU. It will also come with a new generation N-Trig stylus and will be compatible with such accessories as Current Type Cover 3 and 3rd-gen Docking Station. The battery is allegedly smaller than the one used in the Surface Pro 3, but Microsoft might have tweaked the unit so that it offers the same or longer battery life.
The news regarding Surface Pro 4 upcoming announcement hasn’t been confirmed or denied by Microsoft yet, hence it should be treated with a healthy does of reserve. The source that provided this information is pretty new so we are yet to see how reliable it is. The news itself, however, sounds quite credible and fits perfectly in Microsoft’s upgrade schedule.