Recent reports suggest Microsoft’s much anticipated Surface Pro 4 laptop/tablet hybrid release will get delayed by another year. Previously, the Surface Pro 3 successor was expected to be launched at the same time or shortly after the Windows 10 launch.
The delay, as reported by Business Korea, could be the result of a new agreement between Microsoft and Samsung that will see Samsung delivering around 20 million units of solid state drives or SSD. The SSDs built using Samsung’s Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) technology is capable of transferring data at 2 GB/s which is over three times the speed of the Surface Pro 3’s 600 MB/s. This would be a dramatic increase that would differentiate between the Surface Pro 3 and Surface Pro 4.
The SSDs are expected to be shipped only until the second half of 2016. So, if the reports which claim that these components are intended for the Surface Pro 4 turns out to be true then the release of the hybrid tablet is highly likely to be delayed to sometime later next year.
According to rumor mills, the Surface Pro 4 will be rolled out in two sizes- a 12-inch display and a 14-inch display, both of which will sport 2,160 x 1,440 pixel resolution, and will run the upcoming Windows 10.
The Surface Pro 4 is expected to be powered by the Intel Core M Broadwell chip. Memory and storage wise, the upcoming hybrid device could feature 16GB of RAM (up from the 8GB in the Surface Pro 3) and storage of up to a massive 1TB. There are rumors that the upcoming Surface Pro 4 will come with a stylus pen, just like the Pro 3, and the Type-C USB port.
It is reported that the Surface Pro 4 may be compatible with the HoloLens VR device as well. It is rumored to be packed with two cameras. The front camera will be of 3.5 Megapixel in resolution while the rear may feature an 8 Megapixel camera.