1. kelton's Avatar
    Is there a future for the Surface "non-pro" line? If so, will there be yearly updates?

    I'm looking to dive back into the Surface 3, but with March approaching...

    From my searching, there is nearly zero chatter or gossip regarding a Surface 4.

    As I recall, the Surface 3 seemed to appear out-of-the blue with very little pre-hype...so maybe that's how they are going to proceed with the Surface 3.

    On the other hand, maybe the 3 wasn't a very good seller (I wouldn't know) and they are going to end it here.

    Any hope for a spring surprise?
    02-03-2016 02:43 PM
  2. ashram's Avatar
    no way to know for sure. one can only speculate.
    02-03-2016 04:01 PM
  3. Zulfigar's Avatar
    It's up to Microsoft to see about using the Skylake chip set or the next generation.
    02-03-2016 04:06 PM
  4. eagle63's Avatar
    I believe the sales breakdowns between the Pro and non-pro was released at MS's earnings call last week. I don't remember the exact numbers, but the Surface 3 was just a fraction of the total sales relative to the Pro. Based purely on that it seems logical to conclude that MS might not bother making a Surface 4. On the other hand, they've been pretty committed to the entire Surface concept despite not selling a ton of them so who knows.
    02-03-2016 06:37 PM
  5. etphoto's Avatar
    I think I read something Paul Thurrott wrote saying he is expecting a Surface 4 in 2016 but nothing official
    02-03-2016 08:35 PM
  6. anon(791578)'s Avatar
    The thing is that Intel isn't supposed to be releasing the next generation of Atom until at least June. So I have seen rumors of the Surface 4 in testing, but that makes me wonder what is powering it? Is it Core M, is it the newly released refresh of the current Atoms (X7-Z8750), or is it the next gen Atom (Willow Trail)?
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    02-03-2016 09:39 PM
  7. Skoen's Avatar
    wccftech. com/intel-2016-roadmap-leaked-confirms-kaby-lakes-10-core-broadwelle-apollo-lake-processors/

    This roadmap suggest May/June as a launch for Apollo lake (which hopefully include Willow trail as the "low powered Apollo Lake"). Key feature (or lack of):
    - eMMC 5.0 (up to 400 MB/S)
    - Gen9 GPU, 18EU--> Does this mean that the new Goldmont CPU will improve a lot compare to the Cherry Trail upgrade? (Since Cherry Trail mainly focused on GPU side, going from 4EU to 16EU?)
    - No USB-C...

    So maybe MS will announce Surface 4 around March/April, but make it available in May/June (just like they did with the Surface 3)?
    02-07-2016 05:25 AM
  8. Steve Adams's Avatar
    My opinion, Get the surface 3 now and enjoy it. Its awesome!
    02-07-2016 12:44 PM

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