The Surface brand of Microsoft has just proven that the Windows-maker is not only remarkable in software but also in hardware department. Will the soaring sales of Microsoft Surface Book and Surface Pro knock off the latest MacBook Pro 2016 and the upcoming iPad Pros?
Second best in terms of market and sales shares, Surface Pro and Surface Book has taken home $926 million of revenue to Microsoft recently, which is roughly 38 percent higher than the $672 million of revenue in 2015, Forbes reported.
For this matter, it appears that Microsoft is not concerned on having a head-to-head battle with chief rival Apple when it comes to retail. Rather, the windows-maker goal is to build up a community which can attest that the Surface brand is innovative alongside Windows 10.
Though it has been a rough ride for Microsoft when they introduced the Surface hardware back in 2010, the current Surface models are considered to be "best of class" under the Window-powered devices. In relative to that, Windows 10 coupled with cloud services are said to be the most notable features of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4.
Apple announced in March 2016 that the new addition in the iPad line-up will be a 9.7-inch iPad Pro with improved specs, designs tweaks, and more. Does that mean Apple is done with the Air line? Will Apple go on to launch the different versions of iPad Pro only?
It appears that Apple lost interest in the Air brand. It has been 2 years since the iPad Air 2 was unveiled on 16 Oct, 2014 to the world. A two-year hiatus is enormous in the world of tablet updates.
According to past behaviors, it was predicted that the iPad Air 3 will be launched in October 2016. Some rumors suggested that we might expect an announcement to the Air brand updates including Macbook Air this year.
Some rumors also suggested that Apple may have brought the Air line to an end and it will now focus on the mini and Pro ranges.
When Microsoft first launched its Surface range of tablets four years ago, sales were pretty weak, with stories of units gathering dust in warehouses – but the picture couldn’t be more different now, with the latest sales figures showing the hybrid going from strength to strength.
Microsoft just revealed its latest fiscal report for Q1 of financial year 2017, and this showed that Surface sales increased by 38% in the quarter compared to the same period last year. Microsoft took $926 million (around £760 million, AU$1.2 billion) in revenue from the 2-in-1 devices compared to $672 million (around £550 million, AU$880 million) the previous year.
That’s almost a billion dollars in a quarter which is not too shabby indeed, and the company said that boosted sales of its newest offerings, the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4, were behind the increase in revenue.
Real driving force
We suspect that it’s the Surface Pro 4 which is really driving things forward, though, at least if statistics we saw from AdDuplex back in the summer are anything to go by.
Those stats broke down the relative market share of all the Surface devices out there, and they showed that the Surface Pro 3 and 4 were the most popular models accounting for 33% and 31% of all Surface devices in use – whereas the Surface Book languished on 3.6%.
Although as we noted at the time, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Surface Book has been anything of a flop – it could just be a reflection of the device being a niche product (due to its cost) with a far more limited production run than the SP4.
Microsoft is holding an event in a few days' time but rumor has it that we won't be seeing a Surface Pro 5 this year. Instead, the company might just be refreshing the Surface Pro 4 with upgraded specs. This isn't actually a shocking move for Microsoft considering the success of the Surface Pro 4. It's no wonder that the company would want to continue milking their 2015 tablet. Also, with a device as complete as the Surface Pro 4, it would be hard for Microsoft to do a follow-up on that.
Microsoft Surface Pro 5, Will It Be As Successful As the Pro 4?
The short answer here is "maybe". It actually depends on whether the Surface Pro 5 is bringing in something new and relevant to the market. If it ends up being a forced product just so the tablet series doesn't come to a long halt, fans can notice it immediately and opt for a supposed cheaper Pro 4 instead. Luckily, though, Microsoft seems to be taking its time in developing the product. It's safe to say that the company is working hard to live up to fans expectations when it comes to Surface Pro 4's successor. we can just hope that when the Pro 5 gets launched, it would come with some happy additions.
Microsoft has developed the first human parity speech recognition system with a word error rate of 5.9 percent. According to sources, researchers at the Redmond-based software giant have designed and developed a new technology that precisely recognizes the words in a conversation just like humans.
The new system was developed by a team from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research. The tests conducted internally reveal the stunning fact that the speech recognition system makes fewer errors than professional transcriptionists.
Next week on October 26 Microsoft is holding what now seems to be its yearly Windows 10 press event. Unlike last year's momentous shindig, we expect the 2016 event is going to be toned down substantially with fewer announcements and a lot less hardware.
So, what do we expect to be announced? What rumors can we shoot down? Zac Bowden and I round up the sure bets for next week to keep everyone's expectations in check.
Windows 10 2017 Features
Microsoft has been testing its next major update — codenamed "Redstone 2" — for Windows 10 for a few months now, issuing Insiders a number of preview builds that so far, include only small tweaks and enhancements. Microsoft should hopefully be ready to detail some of the major new features planned for Windows 10 in 2017, similarly to the Windows 10 event held in January back in 2015.
Although there is not much this year regarding new hardware, a Surface All-in-One desktop (AIO) keeps popping up on our radar. Back in June, Digitimes initially reported the rumor, but through our sources we were able to corroborate the information.
According to ZDNet'sMary Jo Foley, the device goes by the codename "Cardinal" and that it "could be positioned as a product that can turn your desk into 'a studio.' "
Our sources point to a home/living room focus as well, which could tie into reports of Microsoft Home Hub (more on that below).
Details are still very scarce, but the device could likely have a detachable display, inking support, and be modular in nature with add-on components. We heard 4K resolution batted around along with various screen sizes with 27 inches being the most likely (21- and 24-inch versions were also reportedly tested).
The Verge'sTom Warren hinted that the unique PC could also have a GTX-1080 video card, which would be massive for gaming. Indeed, we have heard Microsoft is recruiting "media influencers" in the gaming industry to attend next week's event suggesting a gaming tie-in.
In fact, a high-end video card will also make this VR- and AR-ready. Combined with Windows Holographic being put into Windows 10 plus some Project C games to the Windows Store and perhaps the Surface AIO will be a lot more than what we thought. Just imagine a Surface powering a 3D holographic experience...
The newly launched PC tablet of Lenovo is considered by some as the toughest competitor of Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Apple MacBook Air, iPad Pro and even the powerful MacBook Pro 2016. For this reason, the incredibly thin Lenovo Yoga Book is currently making buzz due to its unbearable lightness but powerful specs and features.
Samsung has announced an update to its Windows 10 powered Galaxy TabPro S released just this March 2016. The Korean company, whose recent efforts with its other Galaxy line have been a total media frenzy, moves forward in releasing a facelift for its highly-capable tablet PC. The upgrade also brings in a doubled memory and storage option that could rival Microsoft's popular Surface Pro 4.
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S Bathes In Gold
One of the most striking aesthetic update Samsung made with the Galaxy TabPro S is its color, which now comes in gold. According to Engadget, the upgraded 2-in-1 tablet's magnesium-alloy construction now has an ultra-elegant gold finish, a trend seen nowadays on any other premium devices. This decision by Samsung is a much welcome change to the previous' basic white and black color options.
Samsung Doubles-Up On Memory And Storage
As reported by The Verge, Samsung upgraded the memory of Galaxy TabPro S that is now packing an 8 GB RAM and 256 GB of on-board storage, or double that of the previous version's 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage combo. The difference between the two versions is strikingly huge that to say Samsung is generous would seem a little understated.
Samsung Is Keeping All That Works
Aside from the new color option and a doubled capacity, all of the previous Galaxy TabPro specs remain pretty much the same. The golden device still has the Intel M3 processor, 5-megapixel front and rear cameras and the 12-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display. The difference comes in the upgraded version's price of $999, which sells for an additional $200 over the discounted early-model's price of $799 as shown on Samsung's website.
Instagram released its official app onto Windows Mobile earlier this year, after it had been available on the platfrom in beta form for some time. Now, it has expanded the photo- and video-sharing application to other Windows 10 devices, including PCs and tablets.
There is one surprising restriction with Instagram’s Windows 10 app; as noted by The Verge, while it is possible to capture, upload, and edit photos and videos, you’ll need a tablet or PC that has a touchscreen and a rear-facing camera to upload your content. So it’s good news if you own something like a Surface Book or Surface Pro, but bad news for majority of PC owners.
The app still has a few bugs. Clicking on “Your Story” – the icon used to create your own slideshow – just closes the program. And the design isn’t the best; like the web version, the feed is placed in the center of the screen, leaving large white areas on either side.
While the full Instagram app is now available on Windows 10 tablets, an optimized version still hasn’t arrived on the iPad. Owners of Apple’s device can use the iPhone version on the tablet, but an iPad-specific app would be welcomed.
The Microsoft Surface All-In-One PC is now within our grasp. Its release date is said to be on Oct. 26 in an event that will be hosted by Microsoft. On the contrary, Microsoft has not confirmed if there is truth to this information.
The Microsoft Surface All-In-One PC is said to have a 21-inch screen with 1920X1080p resolution and also has a touch screen display. Rumors have made it known that a higher end model will have a24-inch screen which is capable of supporting 4K videos,has its resolution leveled-up to 3680x2140p. There is no confirmation yet if this device will use the Kaby Lake processor, or will it still use run Skylake. An unconfirmed information about the device is its assumed use of the Nvidia's Pascal architecture, according to Tech Radar.
With its low price, the Amazon Fire HD 8 is a decent option for light personal use. The screen is large enough for ebooks and video, and this tablet makes a good choice for Amazon Prime subscribers. Those who aren't fans of Amazon should look elsewhere, though.
Tablets under $100 are often little more than junk, but the Amazon Fire broke that mold last year by delivering decent quality at $50. The new Amazon Fire HD 8 costs a bit more, but at $89.99 is still cheap, and it sports a larger display than last year’s model.
Its 8.4 x 5.0 x 0.4-inch shape is mostly determined by the mid-size display. That’s not pocketable, but certainly small enough to easily be carried in a backpack or purse. It comes in at 12.0 ounces, which is a touch heavy given its dimensions; still, it’s light enough to function as an ebook reader.
Fortunately, Amazon didn’t leave the microSD memory card slot out of the Fire HD 8, so users can easily hold plenty of music and video. It’s even protected behind a small plastic door so the card isn’t likely to be accidentally ejected.
A microUSB port on one of the short edges enables the tablet to be recharged, but it does more. It supports USB-OTG so flash drives and keyboards can be plugged in, with the right adapter.
While Microsoft might still be taking its sweet time in developing the next Surface Pro devices, Lenovo has already produced a great alternative. The Lenovo Yoga Book might be too unique-looking to some, but it is still a portable device that users on-the-go will love. For people who are in a rush to buy a good hybrid laptop, the Lenovo Yoga Book could be your best bet.
It's worth noting that the Lenovo Yoga Book isn't as premium as the Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book. However, it's a really good 2-in-1 Windows 10 device that brings in quality performance. The device comes with a 10.1 inch IPS LED LCD touch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. Its RAM is 4 GB and it is powered by a 2.4 GHz Intel Atom 5x processor. For the price, Lenovo's website lists it with a $549.99 price tag.
Lenovo Yoga Book Review
Despite the Yoga Book having midrange specs, it's still one of the best portable devices on the market. It is super thin and looks as classy as a premium laptop. Its flat surface that doubles as the keyboard also makes the whole device look like a computer from the future. Its display resolution is quite satisfying as well. Windows Central says that the Lenovo Yoga Book's display is just enough and anything higher than that would already be an overkill.
The Yoga Book's processor may not be top of the line, but it was still a good idea for Lenovo to use an Intel Atom processor for this hybrid device. First of all, lower-end CPU means that the device won't be too power hungry. Second, the super-thin and portable device won't lose its thinness for a bigger and better processor. Lastly, the lower-end processor of the Lenovo Yoga Book is one of the reasons why this 2-in-1 device is very affordable.
MobileDemand is leading the way in the rugged Windows tablet industry, consistently innovating and developing new products for mobile workforce productivity. One of those innovative ideas, the rugged Surface cases, announced in February and shipping since April, have been selling at an incredible rate. Watch the video below which shows the rapid adoption nationwide of the new Surface cases.
Equipped with multiple hand straps for easy carrying, an easel for any-angle viewing and protected ports, the rugged cases are ideal for mobile, enterprise operations. MobileDemand offers protective cases for the Surface Pro 4 and Surface 3 and were engineered as a participant in the Microsoft Designed for Surface Program.
Microsoft was right when Jeff Tran said that any team not using technology this year would be left behind. The director of Sports & Alliances marketing for Microsoft was referring to when the Surface Pro 4 replaced Surface Pro 3 on the sidelines for the NFL’s Superbowl 50.
In a recent feature post from Microsoft, the device was said to be praised by coaches, players, and NFL staff alike. More specifically how the Microsoft Surface had improved the ability to watch replays and share tactical data. The Surface Pro 4 provided to all of the teams is improved with a longer battery life, anti glare screen, and a solid pen. The device is also fitted to be protected against the weather. Each of the thirty-two teams even have their own unique NFL Type Cover which took nearly three years to make.
Allegedly, Microsoft has at least one new Microsoft Surface in the works. Known only as the Surface All-In-One for now, rumors indicate that this device will finally add a desktop to the company’s portfolio of devices. It’s a class it currently leaves to its hardware partners today. We’ve seen what we think are some related hardware leaks for the Surface All-In-One recently.
Here’s what we think we know about a suspected new wave of Microsoft Surface related updates and upgrades coming this fall and beyond.
Surface Pro 5
With a year now gone, some assume that Microsoft will debut a Surface Pro 5, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Not only have there been next to no rumors about the device, Microsoft has shown a willingness to adopt an 18-month long upgrade cycle for devices it believes are stable enough in the marketplace.
Citing sources with knowledge of Microsoft’s plans, All About Microsoftmaintains that the company doesn’t have plans to introduce a potential Surface Pro 5 until the next major round of Windows 10 software upgrades are ready sometime in 2017.
When the iPhone 7 was released in September, many Apple fans were hoping to see the refreshed iPad tablets or a new Macbook Pro. However, the tech giant remains mum even when many speculations detailing the tablets swirling around the web.
Apple rumor: iPad Pro 2 to have three variants, differ in sizes and processors
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has accurately predicted iPhone 7's specifications, has also made an analysis on the upcoming iPad Pro tablet. He said that one of the three Pro variants could arrive in a new size, a 10.1-inch tablet that is aimed to cater the commercial industry.
The other two would be the 12.9-inch and 9.7-inch just like the current generation, Bloomberg reported. Kuo has even made an analysis of the tablet's future in 2018 by saying that Pro devices will sport OLED display.
Another source has pointed a similar speculation, stating that there could be three iPad Pro tablets but with a different set of sizes. The newer information has stated that the Pro tablets will be 7.9-inch, 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch in sizes, Makotakara reported.
On the 26th day of the 10th month of the year, Microsoft will be showcasing some big Windows 10 news at an event in New York City. The company just sent out invites, and while they don’t reveal a heck of a lot about what’s going down (just a lot of backwards text), we hear that the company will be launching a new Surface device at the event — exactly what remains to be seen.
The company dates back to the days when owning a tablet meant more than just having a big phone that doesn’t take calls. And while it’s branched out into more consumer facing products through its Bamboo line, professionals have always been the company’s bread and butter.
Just to clear up any confusion, the company’s calling its pro-devices “mobile computers,” a nod to the fact that they’re targeted at artists and designers, rather than the rest of us who are just looking for a large surface on which to play Fruit Ninja.
Targeted at 2D, 3D and CAD artists and designers, the company’s new MobileStudio Pro line of Windows 10 pen computers come in six different configurations – four at 13.3-inches and two at 15.6. The devices all feature the company’s newly revamped Pen 2 input device and run full versions of Adobe Creative Cloud.
They also sport optional 3D camera and will double as a Cintiq-style device when pair with a Mac or PC via Wacom Link.
Even though phablets are slowly gaining ground at the cost of tablets, the latter are still essential devices for many, be it children who need to watch their favourite YouTube channels on large screens or corporate users who need more creative tools to design graphs and charts. The purpose of owning a tablet isn't always the same as owning a smartphone, which is why these devices have held their ground in a hugely competitive market.
We let our readers choose the best tablet of the year from a choice of six of the best gadgets of 2016. The results aren't too surprising..
Winner: Apple iPad Pro
Apple's first mega-tablet is a joy to behold. Brilliant design, extremely thin form factor, sharp viewing angles, a large battery and four speakers on four corners makes it not only a great multimedia device, but also a decent work device with a screen as large as that of the MacBook Pro.
While Smart Keyboard, Apple Pencil, split-screen view and Retina display add to its prowess, it may seem too large to handle for some so while some may go for the 9.7-inch iPad, others may go for the MacBook Pro for superior performance at work.
Microsoft has released another set of firmware updates for the Surface Pro 4, Surface 3 and Surface Book devices. These updates are aimed at improving device stability and battery performance.
Here’s what’s new for both the Surface Pro and Book devices.
Intel(R) Precise Touch Device (v188.8.131.52) improves touch stability when the device resumes operation from sleep or hibernation.
Surface Integration (v184.108.40.206) optimizes screen brightness when the device resumes operation from sleep or hibernation.
Surface Integration Service Device (v220.127.116.11) ensures the default Balanced power plan is set correctly when the operating system is updated.
Surface Pen Pairing (v18.104.22.168) improves pen pairing with the device.
Surface Management Engine (v22.214.171.1243) improves stability and performance when you change between power states.
Surface UEFI (v106.1281.768.0) improves stability and performance when you change between power states.
Surface Integration (v126.96.36.199) improves the device usability and battery life.
Surface Integration Service Device (v188.8.131.52) makes sure the default Balanced power plan is set correctly when the operating system is updated.
Microsoft also released updates for Surface 3 devices on Windows 10 to improve modem stability. Should you not be on Windows 10 yet, Microsoft has you covered with an update to Intel’s USB Flash Loader utility which also improves modem stability.
The latest iteration, the Microsoft Surface Pro 5 could launch in 2017 alongside Surface Book 2 and two other Surface devices.
It has long been rumored that the next iteration of Microsoft hybrid laptop device, Surface Pro, will be released this 2016, most likely in the third or last quarter of the year. However, the month of September has passed and there is no confirmation or update from Microsoft regarding the development of Surface Pro 4's successor. Nevertheless, there is still a chance that the Surface Pro 5 will be unveiled in the coming months, although it seems that it will happen in 2017.
Earlier, there were reports suggesting that Microsoft will be having a huge press event this October where the latest Surface devices, including the Surface Pro 5, will be showcased. However, according to iDigital Times, the timing of Surface Pro 5's arrival this month does not sound right. The Redmond-based tech giant may not be able to show the Surface Pro 5 until the end of the year.
According to iTech Post, one of the main reasons of the Surface Pro 5 release being delayed further into 2017 is the arrival of Intel's next generation of processor. The sixth generation Kaby Lake processor, which is said to be much powerful than the current Intel Skylake, is said to power up Microsoft's latest Surface device. The Kaby Lake processors are not expected to be shipped completely until the last quarter of the year. With this, Microsoft will have to wait for the Kaby Lake processors before they finish building the new Surface Pro.
Microsoft’s Surface Book was awarded “Notebook of the Year” at the prestigious UK T3 Awards, often called the “Oscars of Tech.”
Winners are decided by T3 readers and closely scrutinised by an expert panel of tech judges – it is not a beauty parade as many awards are. The phone of the year requires it to be a flagship class and have been released in the 2015-16 financial year. The shortlist included
Dell XPS 12Lenovo Yoga 900S
HP Spectre x360
Acer Aspire Switch 12 S
Microsoft Surface Book
The judges said, “A lot of eyebrows were raised, and a lot of jaws hit the floor when Microsoft launched its first own-brand laptop, and the Surface Book has impressed us enough since then to earn the Laptop of the Year Award. You can tell that this is Microsoft's attempt to show its hardware partners how it should be done in the Windows 10 era – that clever hinge, that detachable screen... power and portability together in one complete computer. Yes, there were issues with it, but it was a brave step forward by the Redmond company, and we're already excited about Surface Book 2."
Over the past several years, speculation has run rampant that Apple intends to eventually replace chips from microprocessor giant Intel inside its Mac products with homegrown ARM Holdings-compatible microprocessors.
For a while, it seemed there was no immediate threat to Intel's Mac business, given the relatively large performance deltas between Intel's notebook processors and Apple's own A-series processors used in both the iPhone and the iPad. However, beginning with the A9 and A9X chips launched about a year ago and continuing on with the recently released A10 and the soon-to-be-launched A10X, it's clear that Apple's engineering teams are now able to deliver offerings that are truly competitive with Intel's low-power notebook processors.
In other words, the argument that Apple's chips aren't powerful enough no longer appears to hold water. In that context, it's worth reconsidering whether Apple will ultimately boot Intel from the Mac line of products
The Surface Enterprise Initiative, introduced in September 2015, allows companies like HP and Dell to sell Surface PCs alongside additional support and other services such as industry-specific applications. The scheme also makes it easier for larger organisations to buy from a single company and have the devices deployed in more than one country.
Since its launch, Microsoft has added application development deals with IBM and Booz Allen Hamilton to the programme, and says it now has 10,000 companies selling Surface.
Microsoft Corporation appears to be working on the Surface Pro 5 featuring a 4K display and Intel’s new Kaby Lake processors. Earlier, reports suggested that the tech titan will launch the 2-in-1 device before the end of 2016. But latest rumors claim that the company is planning to announce the Surface Pro 5 during the Windows 10 Devices event in October. Microsoft remains silent about the super laptop and has not made any official statement yet.
Rumors also suggest that the Surface Pen, which comes with Surface Pro tablets, will feature a rechargeable battery that charges wirelessly when magnetically attached to the tablet.
Additionally, the Surface Pro 5 is expected to feature 4K resolution, PixelSense display panel, and sport a 16GB RAM with Surface AIO graphics unit. Rumors claim that the device will feature a 16MP rear and 8MP front camera. In addition to a 4K model, the Surface Pro 5 is rumored to come with a 2K screen.
Microsoft has released another ad for the Surface Pro 4, this time leaning heavily on its relationship with the NFL. In the ad, which is set to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It", we get a peek at how the Surface Pro 4 helps NFL stars all across the league prepare for game day. Take a look at the ad below:
If you're in the market for a new tablet but aren't sure what to buy, then you can't go wrong with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4, a true 2-in-1 hybrid tablet that feels like a tablet most of the time, with the added bonus of becoming a laptop when/if you need it. Featuring a premium magnesium body, and a gorgeous 12.1-inch screen, you definitely won't regret getting one of these.
Bottom-line: For the best Windows 10 tablet out there, check out the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.
One more thing: If you're looking for a tablet that's purely a tablet, the Surface Pro 4 is still a great choice. The type cover is an optional extra, so buying the Surface Pro 4 standalone means you'll be getting a full-on tablet.
At the high end you can have a Surface Pro 4 with a 1TB SSD and a Skylake Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. Impressive by any stretch.
But with that comes a price to pay. Literally. The Surface Pro 4 is expensive, starting at $799, and can go way above $2,000 at the top. But it isn't just a tablet. It's a tablet, a laptop, with the optional docking station it can even become your desktop. One device for all.
Owners of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 with an integrated LG power pack have complained of a problem that prevents the tablet/laptop hybrid device from charging. It's a nasty bug to deal with, as it will prevent owners from using the device while not connected to a power outlet. With the battery fully discharged, the device will shut down instantly, without saving any of the work you've done.
Microsoft is yet to issue an official statement on the matter. So far, it has only told a moderator on its Community forum that the company is aware of the problem. Still, last month Microsoft did patch a bug that had devices with a Simplo cell misreport their battery capacity. MS is probably working on resolving the issue as we speak.
Huawei is mostly known for smartphones -- not so much in the U.S., but the company has gained a significant amount of the market in other regions. The Matebook is one of Huawei's first attempts at offering a hybrid tablet aimed at business users. It's an attractive and well-made device, but how well does the Matebook compete with the current enterprise favorite, the Surface Pro 4?
Tech enthusiasts have a lot to expect from the Surface Pro 5, especially that it is supposed to improve on the weaknesses of its predecessor. International Business Times reported that the Surface Pro 5 is going to have longer battery life unlike the Surface Pro 4. To note, the Surface Pro 4 is one of the most powerful devices from Microsoft in recent years, but the users could not help but notice its very limited battery capacity.
The most likely reason behind the Surface Pro 4's shortened battery life is the performance of its processor, Intel Skylake. It is rumored that Microsoft might be skipping on the Skylake chipset and use Intel's next generation of processor. The users may see the Surface Pro 5 powered by the Intel Kaby Lake processor. However, people may have to wait until the first quarter of 2017 as the Kaby Lake chipsets needed by Microsoft to create the Surface Pro 5 have not yet been shipped. If Microsoft is really going to push through with the October unveiling of the Surface Pro 5, then the device may instead pack with the Skylake processor.
Other rumored specs of the Surface Pro 5 include a 4K screen resolution, making it among today's few devices sporting UHD display. It is also expected to have PixelSense display panel and 21-inch, 24-inch and 27-inch screen options. Its RAM capacity is reported to go up to 16GB.
The Lenovo Miix 510 is a 12.2 inch tablet with a full HD display, a built-in kickstand, and a starting price of $600. And that price includes a detachable keyboard.
Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets have prices that start at $799, and the keyboard is sold separately. Microsoft does include a digital pen though, while Lenovo will sell that separately as an optional accessory.
Lenovo unveiled the Miix 510 at IFA in Berlin in August, and I got a chance to play with one for a few minutes at an event in New York last week.
Much like the Acer Switch Alpha 12 I reviewed this summer, the Miix 510 features a 12 inch display, a built-in kickstand, and a reasonably affordable price tag.
But the Acer tablet has a higher-resolution display, a fanless design, and mediocre battery life. I can’t say anything about the battery life from Lenovo’s tablet yet, but I can say that the 2 pound tablet feels solid, but compact when held in one hand, has plenty of vents to help keep things cool (along with a fan in the case), and has a pretty nice little kickstand in the back, which allows you to prop up the tablet at nearly any angle.
The stand is based on the same watchband-style design the company uses for some of its Yoga-branded devices like the new Lenovo Yoga Book features a 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a USB 3.0 Type-C port which is also used for charging the Miix 510, and two full-sized USB 3.0 ports and a headset jack.
Microsoft Store is now offering $150 gift code with select Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices. This offer is valid from today to October 1, 2016, while supplies last. You will get the promo code when you purchase Surface Pro 4 i5 256GB or Surface Book 256GB 8GB dGPU devices. This $150 Promo code expires 9/19/2017, and must be redeemed before that date.
About Surface Pro 4,
Surface Pro 4 runs all the desktop software you rely on, while being lighter than ever starting at 1.69 pounds. The 12.3-inch PixelSense display has extremely high contrast and low glare. Go from laptop to tablet with the multi-position Kickstand and keyboard. And jot down notes and ideas with Surface Pen and improved Type Cover. When you need to connect to other devices and accessories, Surface Pro 4 has advanced wireless capabilities and all the ports you need.
The Tablet PC is a fully functioning mobile computer that runs Windows XP, Tablet PC Edition which includes new, advanced handwriting and speech recognition capabilities that enable the creation, storage, and transmission of handwritten notes and voice input. Tablet PCs come in three styles, Convertible, Slate and Hybrid.