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Available for pre-order on May 21 and hitting store shelves on June 20 is Microsoft’s brand new Surface Pro 3. The device features a 12-inch 2160×1440 display, significantly larger than the previous Surface Pro 2’s 10.6-inch screen; a new 3:2 aspect ratio; an improved stylus; an improved Type Cover; a slimmer, lighter build; and a different home button placement.

The new Surface Pro 3 weighs only 1.76lbs (798 grams), compared to the Surface Pro 2’s weight of 2lbs (907 grams). It’s also substantially thinner, measuring 0.36 inches (9.1mm) thick compared to its predecessor’s .53 inches (13.5mm). Despite the slimming down, the device packs the newest 4th Generation Haswell processors from Intel, which are said to give up to 9 hours of battery life.

The cheapest model with an i3 Core processor and a 64GB SSD will cost $799. The next step up is $999 for the i5 version with a 128GB SSD, but there are also models with i7 processors and even larger SSDs.

For those who enjoy using the Surface on their lap, Microsoft has increased the kickstand’s range so that it now dips all the way down to a 150 degree angle. The new, wider Type Cover also has more room for the keys and touchpad, as well as an improved magnetic attachment that raises the keyboard slightly near the base of the device.

The improved stylus can open up a blank document on the Surface tablet with the click of a button now, even if the Surface is in sleep mode, but there is still no spot to store the pen on the device. However, Microsoft did make room for a full-size USB 3.0 port and front- and rear-facing 5MP HD cameras.

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What do you think of the new Surface Pro 3?

Source: Microsoft via The Verge

  1. Buffet
    May 22, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    If it uses that Windows 8 rubbish as an OS then the hell with it!

  2. Bill
    May 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    Ther's always someone who will pay these ridiclous sums for the latest ms device. Windows is a horrific mess, thats good because it keeps me in work.

  3. Srikant M
    May 22, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Well, if Microsoft is projecting this as "the tablet that can replace your laptop," then it should at least be on par with laptops with similar price points as far as gaming performance is concerned. If it can perform decently while gaming, I’m sold.

  4. Allan Ogg
    May 22, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Very nice looking but the high price tag is always going to be the dampener with Microsoft and I don't expect this will sell any better then its predecessors.
    We have an Asus T100, which was less than half the price of this. Not so elegant or as fast maybe but still a cracking little hybrid tablet/laptop running full Windows 8.

  5. dragonmouth
    May 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Laptop and tablet Killer? I don't think so. M$ me-tooism, too little, too late.

  6. Scott M
    May 21, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    There is something about the ability to write on a screen effectively that I've always really wanted. I owned a tablet back when WinXP had a tablet edition, and IBM did have some descent hardware, but the functionality wasn't there. I was hoping that pen to tablet would be more useful on my 7" tablets, first a Galaxy Tab, then a Nexus 7 2013. Still didn't really fit or work well.

    When I first saw the Surface Pro I was very excited. Everything about it seems to work so well. I'm one of those people who enjoys Win8, so that's not an issue for me. The only thing that's held me back has been the price. Looking back, I could easily bought the Surface 2 with what I spent on my desktop upgrade, but I'm not ready to give it up yet. I think, honestly, my next machine will be a Surface descendant, 2016ish.

    For me, it's always been about spending money on something that I will use, and, despite my longing for pen input, I don't know how much I need it right now. That said, more and more I find myself thinking it would make my life easier, so lookout 2016, I'm coming for you and your delicious tech.

  7. ReadandShare
    May 21, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    As a leisure traveler, I would definitely NOT lug a 12-in. Surface 3 when a 7-in tablet allows me to read guidebooks/maps, answer emails, and update trip journals just fine.

    As for others... it begs the question how much laptop users are willing to spend -- so they can separate screen from keyboard?? Do students and workers. really need a tablet? Or is a laptop mobile enough for them already??

  8. James S
    May 21, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I am hapily running Office and Visual Studio on the full version of windows that the Asus T100 offers. The Surface will have to be very competitively priced to compete with this.

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