Microsoft Surface Pro 4 release date, specs, rumors: preview of Hybrid device coming at BUILD 2015 on April 29; production gets underway in June

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After recent speculations suggested that Microsoft would launch the Surface Pro 4 only after releasing its new operating system, Windows 10, in October, new media reports claim that the Redmond giant plans to present the laptop/hybrid tablet at BUILD this month, though its production won't start until June.

The Surface Pro is considered to be the ultimate laptop/hybrid tablet and had received the "best tablet" award at the Mobile World Congress earlier this month. There have been rumors that the next Surface Pro 4 would be a laptop-tablet hybrid and mark a huge leap from the current Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Pro 4 is expected to come in two models, a 12-inch and a 14-inch variant, both bearing the same 2K display, with the 12-inch version rumored to be powered by a Broadwell processor and the 14-inch variant speculated to be the high-grade hybrid with powerful Intel i5 and i7 processors.

Microsoft's upcoming hybrid device will come with 1 terabyte of storage and will be LTE-ready with Xbox game streaming support and a battery that could last up to 10 hours on video playback. The laplet is expected to come with a 3.5MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing shooter, with both capable of taking 1080p videos.

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The latest media reports had indicated that Microsoft had fixed a release date of July 2015 for the Surface Pro 4 and would announce the launch date at a suitable event. However, contradicting rumors claim that since the Surface Pro 4 will run Windows 10 out of the box, the two-in-one machine will not hit the market until October, as Microsoft will officially launch its new operating system by around that time.

But not everyone seems to be buying this theory. It does make sense for Microsoft to release the Surface Pro 4 after Windows 10 becomes available, since it would be the first device to come with Microsoft's new operating system pre-loaded. However, all users running Windows 8.1 can upgrade to Windows 10 for free and even if the Surface Pro 4 is launched before the release of Windows 10, the laptop/hybrid tablet can always be upgraded to Microsoft's new operating system.

New media reports now claim that Microsoft will present the laptop/hybrid tablet at BUILD this month, but will commence production only in June The BUILD 2015 developer conference begins onApril 29 and if the latest rumor is indeed true, then Microsoft could be unveiling its upcoming hybrid device in a few weeks from now.

 

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