Surface Pro 4 screen size increase considered

By Peter Chubb - Nov 4, 2014

The rumors of a larger iPad, the Pro model never amounted to anything, although that is not to say we will not see one next year. It was only a matter of time before we started to hear the same rumors for a larger Surface Pro. The idea of an increase in screen size for the Surface Pro 4 is a rather interesting one, and seems more likely than it did a year or two ago.

The Surface device never got off to a great start for Microsoft, but healthy sales of the Pro 3 model has led to rumors that a larger model is being considered by Microsoft. Digitimes reports they have learned from various sources that Microsoft is or about to start work on a 13-inch or 14-inch Surface Pro model, which we assume will be for the fourth generation model.

Surface Pro 4 screen size

Before you get too excited, just remember that Digitimes has a checkered past when it comes to reporting such rumors, and so we ask you take this with a grain of salt. However, with an increase in sales of 127 percent with the Surface Pro 3 over the 2, it stands to reason why Microsoft may wish to explore the limits of this range.

As for the Surface Pro 4 design, it is said to be very similar to that of the current model, and so we could just see an enlarged version of the Pro 3, a bit like the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in that respect, even if they are smartphones, you get what we mean.

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Surface Pro 4 screen size increase considered

  • Improvements to the Surface Pro 3 tablet.

    Hello Microsoft,

    Capital used only to highlight important ideas.

    Could you TRANSMIT THESE IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SURFACE PRO 3 TEAM. THANKS.

    And once again, DO A FEEDBACK SITE LIKE THE ONE FOR THE WINDOWS PHONE
    FOR EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT CREATED BY MICROSOFT, SOFTWARE AS WELL AS
    HARDWARE. EXAMPLES? SURFACE PRO, MS WINDOWS, MS EXCEL, MS WORD, MS
    ACCESS, ETC. YOU GET THE IDEA.

    What is currently available to send feedback is not good at all
    because it is not as easy and quick to send feedback as it is for the
    feedback site of the Windows Phone OS.

    Here is my set of possible improvements to the Surface Pro 3:

    —A range of Surface Pro tablets using the same 3:2 aspect ratio
    and similar screen resolution as well as keep having a pen for these new
    screen sizes.

    In 8″, 10″, 12″ (already available) and say 14″ or 15″ screen sizes.

    ALL USING ONLY 64-BIT INTEL PROCESSORS WITH 64-BIT WINDOWS AND ALL
    HAVING AT LEAST 4 GB OF RAM AND AT LEAST 64 GB OF SSD. EVEN FOR THE 8”
    VERSION.

    No ARM tablets of any kind, please and it applies also to the
    Surface tablets that all should come with an Intel processor and a full
    64-bit Windows OS.

    One of several reasons of the Surface Pro 3 success is its use of an Intel processor.

    —Improved graphics GPU.

    —Possibly quad-core Intel processors instead of dual-core Intel
    processors. BUT they must design the tablets to make sure that any extra
    heat will be easily taken care of quickly so that the tablets do not
    heat too much.

    —2 USB 3.0 ports instead of one. That is a requested feature by many, not by me.

    —The power port replaced by a USB port that acts as both a power port and a USB port, as it is done in a few devices.

    —Full size SD card slot instead of a microSD card slot.

    —Replaceable battery.

    —A pen holder fully integrated with a newly designed type cover
    with a kind of tube-like holder for the pen at the left or right of the
    keyboard.

    Or fully integrated to the tablet itself if they find a satisfying solution to do that on the tablet itself.

    —5 MP front camera with wide angle and at least 10 MP back camera with auto-focus and optical image stabilisation (IOS).

    The rear camera is used in many professional applications such as
    manufacturing, architecture, rental agencies, you name it. Irrespective
    of the fact that it seems weird to see someone taking a picture with a
    tablet, the usefulness of this feature in professional applications is
    very real and very valuable.

    —Repairability is a useful and important feature, especially for
    such an expensive tablet. But is it possible to implement it and, at the
    same time, keep the tablet as thin and as light as possible? I am not
    sure at all that it is possible to do that.

    The same issue exists with the iPads.

    —Plan a similar set of accessories for each tablet size (8″, 10″, 12″ (already available) and say 14″ or 15″ screen sizes).

    It concludes my set of suggestions to add to the Surface Pro 3 as
    well as the other screen size Surface Pro versions that should come
    later. And again, NO ARM processors with these tablets and NO Windows
    RT.

  • Nicholas Johnson

    Have a 12″ version – perfect for most, going by the reception. Then, have an ENORMOUS version for the people who want bigger – like Samsung’s Galaxy S 5 and its Galaxy Note 4. I would personally go as large as they come. If it went to 17″ or more, I would still buy it – if it maintained battery life and didn’t become any thicker. Those portable AIOs are terrible in general. But I can handle a Surface Pro 1 at 100% scaling. I don’t believe how many people’s eyes cannot resolve the pixels in this – the PPI is not even testing my limits. But still, if they offer bigger, I will buy! Screw Apple and their controlling ways! Microsoft is on fire! They are making their own devices like Apple but at least have the decency to allow other vendors in – no matter how good the brand is, even Microsoft, I will not stand to be tied down to one vendor. Oh, best idea, ever: Microsoft, make a Surface monitor like the Lenovo LT1423P – add pen, touch, DisplayLink and power over a single USB 3.0, or even better, DisplayPort, and use the kick-arse kick stand, it would be amazing! I always want my Surface standing up for typing, but I also want the screen laying flat for drawing, simultaneously. This way, I could have both! And Microsoft will be upgraded to super-awesome.

  • Tgirgis

    I would buy a 14″ in a heartbeat for digital sketching/painting. Say goodnight to wacom!

  • Me Sham

    The SP3 is simply the best personal computing device ever made. The iPad is nothing but a content-consumption device for people more concerned with style and optics than with functionality.

  • Johnny Charles Grinter

    If the Surface Pro was 15 inch I would buy it immediately.

  • Paul C.

    One problem with enlarging the display is that the tablet would creep closer to the dimensions of a laptop. If the tablet gets too close in size and capability to a laptop, then prospective buyers might go straight for a laptop.