Microsoft is set for a massive exhibition at the IFA Berlin 2015 convention this week, which kicks off on September 4. A keynote hasn’t been scheduled yet, but the Redmond giant has confirmed its presence at the fair in Malta last week. Although Microsoft didn’t discuss the objects they would be demonstrating at the trade show, we’ve a good idea about what these devices could be. One of them could be the new Surface Pro 4, while other devices will most likely be in the Microsoft Lumia category.
The company launched the Surface 3 this year as its response to more entry-level hybrid devices and as a response to the new Apple MacBook. Although many had expected the Surface Pro 4 to surface this Spring, that didn’t happen, but execs as well as engineers working with Microsoft have repeatedly confirmed to us that we definitely should expect the Surface Pro 4 in 2015. Although it’s not a sure deal that the convertible device will be present at the IFA convention this week, it’s a pretty likely development.
The Surface Pro 4 is a mystery right now, but there are a few leaks and rumors to get inspired by in order to get an idea of what the company is planning. Speculation dictates that a newer generation Intel processor will be at the core of things, giving the Surface Pro 4 performance like none other and the ability to compete against the upcoming Apple iPad Pro, iPad Air 3 as well as convertibles from the likes of Asus, Lenovo and others. Processing power is the most important part of a hybrid like the Surface Pro 4 and insiders say that’s where Microsoft will be focusing their attention.
Naturally, Windows 10 with Cortana integration is going to be on board the new device, alongside an improved Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB Type C compatibility. At the same time, the Surface Pro 4 will have a slightly improved design that will make it seem weightless and thin, in order to rival against similar options from Apple. The kickstand will most likely stay the same, but the stylus and keyboard will be overhauled and sold together with the device.
After a good amount of anger directed at Microsoft for selling the Surface Pro 3 and its keyboard separately, it looks like the company is listening to its fans a bit more and will launch the Surface Pro 4 for a slightly higher premium, but with a new type of magnetic keyboard included. That would be a good option, although selling it without is just as good, as the keyboard from previous editions will be compatible with the Surface Pro 4.
There will most likely be 5 different variants of the Surface Pro 4, one set with a smaller 12 inch display and another set with a 13 inch display, both with QHD or higher resolutions. Performance-wise, the new Intel chips will most likely be grouped into i3, i5 and i7 variants, the larger model having all three options available the smaller having the bottom two options available.
Although there’s little to be known about the Surface Pro 4, we’re excited and you should be too. It seems like convertibles are becoming more popular as tablets slowly fade into oblivion, and if Microsoft nails the engineering of the new hybrid, Apple might have some serious competition on the tablet front. Windows 10 adds a lot of appeal, too, and many iOS users are curious to see more and more improvements in the OS for mobile platforms. Until IFA Berlin 2015, we can only hope!