Currently, Microsoft is dealing with one of its biggest launches in years. The company is set to release Windows 10 toward the end of 2015, perhaps in the fall. Failure is not an option for the company’s latest operating system as it faces stiff competition from all sides.
On top of that, a Surface Pro 4 is reportedly in the works and set to release alongside the new OS. Rumors describe a powerful hybrid that doesn’t skimp on hardware or software. The hybrid will be the successor to the highly regarded Surface Pro 3.
Will the Surface Pro 4 be a glimpse at the future of tablets?
An Overview Of The Surface Pro 3’s Successor
The Surface Pro 4 will look similar to its predecessor, but that’s where the similarities end. At this point, it appears as though the device will feature Intel Core i5 and i7 processors. Rumors state that 8GB of RAM could come standard, and even 16GB of RAM has been mentioned so far. Compared to the Surface Pro 3, a better screen and improve Surface Pen should be included. Plus, Windows 10 will be a huge improvement over Windows 8 and 8.1, not to mention other hardware and software improvements.
Wait, The Future Of Tablets?
When Microsoft introduced the Surface Pro 3, the tablet broke all the rules of mainstream tablets. For instance, it ran a full version of the Windows 8 operating system. The 12-inch screen housed processors found in laptops rather than weaker tablet processors. An attachable keyboard and all-metal design made the device seem like a high-end laptop. If the Surface Pro 3 is considered a Porsche, then all other tablets are akin to low-end rental cars. Perhaps the Apple iPad could be considered a Mustang.
The Surface Pro 3 has already caused a shift in the tablet market. Since its release date, numerous manufacturers have started offering hybrid tablet-laptop combinations. Of course, none of them have been as powerful as Microsoft’s hybrid. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 could be an even further game changer. It would be as powerful, if not more so, than the average laptop. Such a development would have major ramifications for future tablets, especially hybrids.
Getting To The Point…
To remain competitive, tablet manufacturers would have to follow Microsoft’s example. Hybrid tablets would have to be infused with more powerful hardware and software. They’d become more akin to the Surface Pro 3 and 4. In due time, tablets would start to feature better hardware that’s closer to laptops than current tablets. Future tablets and hybrids would be ages ahead of today’s tablets. Microsoft has started a revolution in the tablet industry, and that revolution involves high-powered tablet hybrids.
Today’s Tablets Versus Tomorrow’s Tablets
These days, the average tablet comes with a puny Intel Atom processor and 1GB or 2GB of RAM. These machines run mobile operating systems rather than a desktop OS like Windows 10. Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 could ensure that future tablets come with Intel Core processors and large amounts of RAM. From there, full operating systems and hybrid capabilities would become standard. Today’s premium tablets will be tomorrow’s low-end, entry-level tablets, thanks to the Surface Pro 4’s release.