In October 2013, Surface Pro 2 of Microsoft Corporation was launched in the market and this tablet is based on Intel’s Haswell processor. The Surface Pro 2 is more compelling system compare to the original Surface Pro because of the more efficient processor. Then Microsoft again launched Surface Pro 3 within few months of launching Surface Pro 2. We saw many improvements in Surface Pro 3 but it is still powered with Intel’s Haswell processor as like the Surface Pro 2 because the latest chips of Intel, i.e. 14-nanmeter Broadwell chip came later in the market.
As the Intel’s Broadwell chips are released on the market recently, so we are expecting that Microsoft will launch Surface Pro 4 based on this latest chips. But as per our guessing, the Microsoft Pro 4 will be pretty short lived. The reason is that the last generation of Haswell chips and the Intel’s new Broadwell chips are “socket compatible”. So it will not take much time for Microsoft to take the Broadwell chips’ latest batch from Intel and launch Surface Pro 4 which will be more powerful and efficient.
Other than this powerful chip, the new device will be identical to the Surface Pro 3 physically. If Microsoft takes this path, then within next two months we will see Surface Pro 4. It seems this one will be the last and then Microsoft will launch its real next generation tablet which will be powered by Intel’s new processor Skylake and Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 operating system.
Intel has made many improvements in power efficiency in Broadwell than Haswell and it should allow the Surface Pro 4 to offer same or higher performance than Surface Pro 3.
However, we have to wait one or two months for Microsoft to launch the Surface Pro 4.