Signs Point to Microsoft Surface Pro Refresh in October
Rumors are heating up that Microsoft is gearing up for a major event this fall to showcase new Windows devices.Considering it made its official debut well over a year ago, Microsoft's well-received Surface Pro 3 tablet is more than ready for a refresh. According to WPDang, a Chinese technology news site, Microsoft will unveil its successor—along with several other Windows 10 devices and a couple of surprises—in an early October event. According to the site and mounting rumors, Microsoft is preparing to take the wraps off the Windows 10-powered Surface Pro 4 at the event. Expected to largely carry forward the look and feel of the previous version, rumors indicate that the productivity-focused tablet may get a significant performance increase, courtesy of Intel's latest Skylake processor technology. Earlier this month at the Gamescon 2015 show in Germany, Intel unveiled new Core i7-6700K and i5-6600K desktop processors based on the 14-nanometer chip technology for PC gamers. With up to four cores and a base frequency of 4GHz, the processors offer a 10 percent performance boost, native support for DDR4 memory and lower power requirements than current "Broadwell" processors. Last month, during the Windows 10 launch, officials at Intel were optimistic that business users would flock to the new operating system and a fresh batch of Skylake-based two-in-ones and devices like the high-powered Lenovo ThinkPad P70 notebook PC. Representing the "next step in performance and power efficiency," corporate buyers will finally have a compelling reason to upgrade from Windows 7, said Josh Newman, general manager of Intel's 2-in-1 and Tablet Segment, at the time.
However, industry watchers remain split on which chip technology will power the device. Microsoft may instead opt for 14-nanometer Core M Broadwell processors. Launched during the IFA 2014 show last September, Core M is currently helping OEMs churn out ultrathin devices like Apple's sleek new MacBook.