Microsoft has revealed this Surface product is no more
Microsoft is reportedly hard at work on the next edition of its Surface Pro hybrid PC.
Offering powerful hardware alongside the ability to carry and work wherever you are, the Surface Pro device family has been a major success for Microsoft.
But the company has now looked to make room for its newest device by cutting out one of the previous Microsoft Surface devices – leaving some fans unhappy.
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Microsoft revealed its most recent quarterly financial results last week, posting a net profit of $5.2bn (£4.1bn) and revenues of $24bn (£19.2bn).
However the earnings report noted that sales of Surface Pro 3, which was released back in June 2014, had plummeted recently, and that as a result, the device will soon be phased out.
This action already appears to be taking place, as visitors to Microsoft’s US store searching for the Surface Pro 3 are instead redirected to the Store homepage.
The UK Microsoft Store still carries a page listing for the Surface Pro 3, but the device is listed as ‘Out of stock’, meaning that you’ll have to go elsewhere if you want to get your hands on one.
The Surface Pro 3 was originally launched back in 2014
The decision leaves the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book as Microsoft’s flagship hardware products – at least for the time being.
The news comes as rumours continue to mount about an upcoming Surface Pro 5 release date.
The Surface Pro 4 was originally launched back in October 2015, meaning it is ripe for a refresh soon.
Reports have claimed that the Surface Pro 5 will upgrade the screen seen on previous devices, allowing for 4K UltraHD resolution, as well as packing in improved hardware.
Elsewhere, a separate report has claimed that Microsoft may be working on a separate version of the Surface Pro 5 that would allow it to connect to mobile devices.
This would help fix one of the biggest issues with the initial Surface Pro devices, allowing for tethering and hot-spot connectivity with mobile devices to ensure the user is always online.
We're also expecting around 512GB of storage and 16GB of RAM, as well as a smarter version of the Surface Pen stylus which should feature wireless charging.
You can read Express.co.uk’s rundown of what we’d like to see in the Surface Pro 5, and when it might appear, here.
The Microsoft Store is no longer stocking the Surface Pro 3 in the UK
Microsoft has also recently revealed several major discounts on the Surface Pro 4, possibly in order to minimise its stock before a new release.
Customers were able to get £100 off the most basic model of the device in a recent sale – which is still available at the time of going to press.
Microsoft has also just released a much-needed firmware upgrade for the Surface Pro 4 which may finally solve the battery issues which had previously plagued the device.
The company says that the Surface Pro 4 is able to offer you around 9 hours of battery life, more than enough for the average working day.
Express.co.uk was pretty impressed with the device, calling it, “a phenomenal device” in our review, and praising its lightweight design and beautiful 12.3in display – although the battery life was below expectations.