As the October release date of the Microsoft Corporation Surface Pro 4 approaches, rumors continue to pour in. Other than being told that the latest version of the Surface Pro series will be “high-end hardware”, the public has been given very little to go on. Ideas of how the Surface Pro 4 will look, feel and function have been borrowed mostly from rumors.
Said to harbor the Intel Skylake CPU, it is also said that the latest Surface Pro will be thinner and lighter than the Surface Pro 3. Two version of the Surface Pro 4 are reported to be set for release. The standard 12-inch tablet, which may come with a 13- to 14-inch counterpart, will rival Apple’s iPad Pro. Beyond this, there has been promise of a slightly smaller, 8-inch display ‘Surface Pro Mini’, set to compete with the iPad 2.
Adding features to the Surface Pro 4
After the Microsoft buyout of stylus company N-Trig, it was reported by the BusinessInsider that the Surface Pro 4 may feature a new Surface Pen with top-end stylus technology. The Surface Pro 4 will feature Xbox game streaming according to Design & Trend.
There has also been stories that the device will use Solid State Drives for better streaming speeds, a 2,160 x 1,440 display, and will most likely run on the latest edition of Windows – Windows 10.
A number of great features will be kept from the Surface Pro 3 for consumer convenience and compatibility, too.
Despite the all the hype around the device, stats from previous periods seem to suggest that shareholders of the Windows-maker shouldn’t be too excited about the release of the Surface Pro 4.
Reports say, Surface tablets barely manage to break even and make up less than a 10th of Microsoft Corp’s total sales. A comment from RBC Capital markets states: “Unless Microsoft can get to break-even within two years or demonstrate sufficient offsetting value elsewhere in the portfolio, we think the company should exit the hardware business.”
Microsoft tablet sales disappoint
However, Microsoft poor showing in tablet sales is not due to their lack of a decent product, but rather due to the fact that the firm is not known for its hardware. “Hardware is not what got Microsoft here – software did,” says Daniel Ives, an FBR Capital Markets analyst.
The common thread among analysts says that Microsoft should set its focus more so on software and do away with most of its hardware. Microsoft’s buyout of Nokia’s phone making segment saw its share fall by as much 4 percent. Despite this, some analysts hold the view that Microsoft will not drop its Surface product nor its slacking Xbox component.
The October release event is said will hold a few surprises. Perhaps the Surface Pro Mini is among these, having been pulled from its initial release last year merely hours from unveiling. The Microsoft’s latest Lumia device will also premier during the event. Regardless of how we’ll be rewarded, there is undoubtedly much to anticipate from Microsoft this year.