Surface Pro 4 April Launch Imminent As Surface Pro 3 Price Slashed: To Feature Energy-Efficient Intel Core M Broadwell chip And Windows 10

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The Microsoft logo is seen at their offices in Bucharest March 20, 2013. Reuters/Bogdan Cristel

Microsoft’s 2-in-1 Surface Pro 3 tablet was a clear winner when it was launched back in 2014. However, now, the wait for the successor is almost over as the Surface Pro 4 release date is reportedly set for July 2015. But then, the device will apparently be launched at the BUILD developer conference scheduled between April 29 and May 1 at San Francisco, California. To further corroborate the impending release, the predecessor Surface Pro 3 can now be availed with a massive discount within the U.S.

Best Buy is reportedly offering the Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core i5 processor and 128 GB storage for just $899.99, whereas the original price used to be $999.99. Adding a cherry on top, the retailer is also extending a trade-in program for potential buyers with a fully-functioning Surface Pro 3. With this trade-in deal, buyers can get a maximum of $200 discount, in addition to a $50 gift card. Being one of the highly-anticipated tablets of 2015, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 might very well have a tough competitor in Apple iPad Pro, which is expected to be launched towards the end of this year, notes Master Herald.

On the other hand, once the Surface Pro 4 gets launched in April-end, the mass production of the tablet will reportedly start in June. After which, the tablet will hit the store shelves in July. Reports also state that, Microsoft is gearing up to release the Surface Pro 3 successor with Windows 10 straight out of the box.

Based on the report from the credible Website DigiTimes, Microsoft is likely to sell more than 4 million Surface tablets in 2015. Meanwhile, in 2014, the tech giant apparently sold 2 million Surface units. Overall, the expected shipment of Windows tablets including the upcoming Surface Pro 4 and the recently released Surface 3, will apparently surpass 15 million units in 2015.

Speaking of Surface Pro 4 features, Microsoft has apparently dismissed the Intel Haswell Dual-Core i5 and i7 processors and instead, the latest Intel Core M Broadwell chip will be utilised. It is worth noting that, the new MacBook 2015 also uses the same processor. In any case, readers should note that, the new chip is reportedly energy-efficient, however, it is less powerful than the Haswell chip seen in the predecessor Surface Pro 3. To be specific, the Broadwell chipset is apparently 30 percent more energy efficient than the Haswell chip, notes Master Herald.

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