Among the firms that have committed to adopting Surface Pro 4 are BNY Mellon, AstraZeneca, The Carlyle Group and USI Insurance Services. Educational institutes Brighton College International, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Central Lancashire have also pledged to buy a stack of tablets.
"Of course these customers have different requirements and are choosing Surface Pro 4 for many different reasons," said Belikoff. "But for all of our business customers, the value of Surface Pro comes down to cost savings when removing the need for both a laptop and an iPad, ability to run full Office and desktop apps and the strongest security and management with Windows 10."
06/10/2015: Microsoft officially unveiled the Surface Pro 4 at its 6 October launch event in New York, confirming the new hybrid device's release date as 26 October (pre-orders from 7 October).
The 12.3-inch tablet is much thinner than its predecessor at 8.4mm, with the 267-ppi display using PixelGlass technology and supporting 1024 levels of pressure.The top-end version also sports a fairly impressive 16GB RAM and 1TB storage, with a 6th generation Core i7 Intel processor.At the event, Microsoft announced that the Surface Pro 4 is actually 30 per cent faster than the Surface Pro 3, and 50 per cent faster than its direct competitor - the MacBook Air.
There's a new Surface Pen, too, which has been redesigned with an eraser and magnetic storage. It also has all-year battery life.With the pen comes a revamped Type Cover, which will be thinner and lighter as expected, with a larger precision glass trackpad and integrated backlit keyboard.
The Type Cover also comes with fingerprint authentification for Windows Hello.04/09/2015: According to this report from Digitimes, Microsoft is planning to release the Surface Pro 4 in two screen sizes; a 12-inch and one that is 13- to 14-inches in display size. This would put the hybrid tablet in a better position to compete against the rumoured iPad Pro.
According to a tweet from WinRumors website founder Tom Warren, the Surface Pro 4 will be unveiled on 4 October. In other tweets, Warren said the new device would be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, the Surface Pro 3.
Surface Pro 4 release date & price
The release date for the Surface Pro 4 has been confirmed as 26 October, with pre-orders starting from 7 October.
It will retail for $899 in the US, which matches many predictions made ahead of the event.
It has been widely assumed that the Surface Pro 4 would be priced in line with its predecessors, placing it at the high-end of the market and thus making it unlikely we would see anything resembling a price cut for the new version.
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Surface Pro 4 specs/features
Thinner than the Surface Pro 3 at 8.4mm, the 12.3-inch tablet will have a 267-ppi display with PixelGlass technology - supporting 1024 levels of pressure.
The top-end version of the tablet will come with 16GB RAM and 1TB storage, powered by a 6th generation Core i7 Intel processor.
At its 6 October event, Microsoft announced that the Surface Pro 4 will be 30 per cent faster than the Surface Pro 3, and 50 per cent faster than direct competitor MacBook Air.
A new Surface Pen and Type Cover were also unveiled, with an eraser and updated precision glass trackpad, respectively. The new Type Cover will also be thinner and lighter.
It was rumoured ahead of the launch that Microsoft could have been planning a mini Surface Pro tablet, yet anything of the sort failed to materialise.
Any mini version of the Surface Pro may have sported an Intel Atom 64-bit chip or a Core M processor. Intel said these Cherry Trail processors have twice the graphic performance of previous Atom chips. But the use of such processors could well mean this is more likely to come out as a Surface, rather than Surface Pro tablet.
Another widely circulated rumour was that the Haswell dual core i5 and i7 processors could be replaced by Broadwell chips, giving the Surface Pro 4 30 per cent more battery life over the previous generation. It would have also meant the Surface Pro would have no need for fans to cool it down, making it much quieter than previous versions.
The Lenovo Yoga 900 is arguably one of the best and most expensive 2-in-1 laptops ever made, and if it's just too rich for your blood, the pricing for the comparable Yoga 700 has just been announced.Starting at €899 or $799 (about £522, AU$1,126), the 14-inch Yoga 700 offers even more power than the Yoga 900. Filled to the gills with the best components, this convertible notebook can be equipped with Intel Core i5 or i7 processors, an optional Nvidia GeForce 940M graphics chip plus up to 256GB of SSD storage space and 8GB of RAM.
Yes, those intrepid techies over at iFixit have pulled apart Microsoft's latest tablet, and come up with a "repairability" score based on how easy it is to fix – and sadly, the Surface's performance is pretty woeful.Indeed, iFixit awarded the Surface Pro 4 a score of 2 out of 10, indicating some major problems, the main issue being the amount of glue employed inside the device.
Adhesive is used to stick down many of the components, and even given the proper tools, getting some of these glued bits out is a battle and a half. Both the display and battery proved to be particularly troublesome in this respect – although despite still using non-standard connectors, at least the display proved slightly easier to prize out in comparison to the Surface Pro 3.
The battery, on the other hand, is clamped down with "very strong adhesive" making removal not only difficult, but somewhat hazardous.The bright point in iFixit's write-up was that the SSD is easy to remove and replace.However, all this is unlikely to put anyone off the Surface Pro 4 given the sort of critical reception the tablet has been graced with – in our review, we concluded that this hybrid can replace your laptop without considerable compromise.
The display has also been singled out for high praise in terms of its sharpness and colour accuracy, and at DisplayMate they called it one of the "very best and most accurate" tablet displays ever made.
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If bigger truly is better, Samsung has just taken the wraps off the best tablet we may have ever seen. Its name is the Galaxy View and this hefty goliath has a whopping 18.4-inch display. You read that correctly -- 18.4 inches from corner to corner of its widescreen display. It'll cost you $599 when it arrives on November 6 (UK and Australia availability and pricing are not yet confirmed, but that converts to £391 or around AU$830).