Surface Pro 4 leak teases fanless design, ‘significantly thinner’ body

Early details on the Surface Pro 4 tablet are emerging ahead of today’s Microsoft Build developer conference.

The hybrid device hasn’t been officially announced by Microsoft yet, but that never seems to stop the rumour-spinners.

Chinese site 36KR claims that the Surface Pro 4 will use a fanless design, just like this year’s Surface 3.

This means that even when you’re really pushing the Surface Pro 4, it will still remain quiet.

Of course, there needs to be some way of cooling the device; the report claims the tablet will use small holes for heat dissipation. These holes won’t be as visible as those on the Surface Pro 3 either, apparently.

The report also suggests the Surface Pro 3 will be ‘significantly thinner’ than its predecessor – likely due to fan removal – although exact dimensions weren’t provided.

The weight and battery capacity of the device will be retained however, and it’s expected to use a 12-inch display.

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That’s the same as the Surface Pro 3, but bigger than the Surface Pro 2’s 10.6-inch panel.

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Earlier this month we reported that the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will be formally unveiled at Microsoft’s Build 2015 event.

That’s due to take place later today, so we could see the grand reveal in a matter of hours.

It’s expected that Microsoft will use the new tablet to showcase its upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

The new OS is being peddled as a cross-platform affair, which means phone, tablet, desktop, and Xbox users will all be running effectively the same software package (and sharing an app-store too).