Microsoft Surface Pro 4 rumors: Tablet-laptop release may be in October or next year

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It has been rumored that that Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will be released alongside the Windows 10. The software giant already released its operating system upgrade, but the rumor about Surface Pro 4 did not materialize. Now, new information are coming in, saying that it will come in October instead, along with new specs.

Based on a report by Design & Trend, an analysis by Windows expert Paul Thurrot gave two reasons to support this new rumored release date. First, Windows 10 was initially supposed to launch in October, but Microsoft employed a more aggressive strategy and moved up the release on its OS update. However, the hardware team was unable to keep up and make amends in the Surface Pro 4’s hardware, thus, maintaining the release date of the device. Second, Surface Pro 4’s rumored CPU, the new Skylake CPU from Intel, will also be launched in October, which coincides with the timing.

It is also speculated that Surface Pro 4’s camera will come with the facial recognition feature of Windows 10. A report by Crossmap cited a source who hinted  that the new Surface’s specs may include camera hardware that makes use of the Windows 10 facial recognition feature called Windows Hello. The report also indicated that security measure leverages several layers of 3D cameras to authenticate the biometrics of a user’s face. Only top-tier products currently support it but if it is incorporated into the Surface Pro 4, it could bring the technology to the mainstream. 

Along with possible new hardware and facial recognition features, Surface Pro 4 is rumored to come in two different sizes, a 12-inch display and a 14-inch display screen. In addition, it may come in a 16GB RAM and a storage capacity of up to 1 TB.

Meanwhile, other guesses hint that the launch date will be on 2016 instead because of a report from Business Korea indicating that Samsung and Microsoft have signed a deal involving roughly 20 million units of solid state drives that can be used for tablets.