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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets a software update ahead of launch

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 gets a software update ahead of launch
Some Microsoft Surface Pro 3 models will start shipping tomorrow, June 20, when customers should be able to find the tablet in retail stores across the US. Before that, though, Microsoft is rolling out a software update to the new slate.

According to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed that the update fixes the battery charging issue that some Surface Pro 3 units had since last month, while also adding overall performance enhancements. The update should be available to new Surface Pro 3 owners as soon as they set up the tablet.

Microsoft will offer the Surface Pro 3 in five different configurations: 64GB / Intel i3 ($799), 128GB / Intel i5 ($999), 256GB / Intel i5 ($1,299), 256GB / Intel i7 ($1,549), and 512GB / Intel i7 ($1,949). Only the Intel i5 variants are shipping this month, with the other three expected to arrive in August.

Running Windows 8.1 Pro and featuring a 12-inch display with 2,160 x 1,440 pixels, the Surface Pro 3 is marketed by Microsoft as a tablet that can replace your laptop.


sources: Mary Jo Foley (1), (2) via WP Central

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posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:34 4

1. GreekGeek (Posts: 843; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Best tablet ever according to shills

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:36 5

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3372; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


I think the shills also say it is the best laptop ever, too.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:39 3

3. erikiksaz (Posts: 121; Member since: 22 Apr 2010)


Best laptop + tablet.

Calling it just a tablet is sort of an undersell.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:40 2

4. techperson211 (Posts: 683; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


This is what I've been waiting for but the i7 is way too high. Will wait for the price drop.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:57 1

5. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3429; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Great laptop.... iPad still the best tablet IMO.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 21:58 2

6. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Good on MS, speedy response.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 22:26

8. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3429; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Is that you really there? LOL. Replyhttp://www.phonearena.com/news/15-of-the-best-lightest-and-most-awesome-Android-launchers_id57215

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 08:54

12. AfterShock (Posts: 2812; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Yeah, got to pull for the underdogs too.
Other wise we'll be left limited choices.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 17:24

13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3372; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Because an enormous evil company with two recognized monopolies (desktop OS, office productivity apps) is an "underdog"?

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 22:04

7. techperson211 (Posts: 683; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Meanwhile @ gsmarenahttp://gadgets.ndtv.com/mobiles/news/sony-xperia-z2a-with-5-inch-display-and-snapdragon-801-soc-launched-539511

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 04:41 1

9. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1102; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I am saving up my money for the Surface Pro 4 which will have the New Intel broadwell CPU's
the Surface Pro 4 should be thinner have better battery life. work faster and will trully be the
Surface Tablet that will replace an Ultra book laptop Computer. Microsoft however still needs to make a 10 inch diagonal. 4 X 3 aspect screen Tablet because the screen is less awkward looking in the portraiture position and feels real good in the hand and would be a tiny bit bigger than an Ipad's screen.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 17:27

14. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3372; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


While I'm not a fan of the "jack of all trades, master of none" approach to the design of the Surface, I agree that all these sorts of x86 devices would be better off with Broadwell.

For the most part, Haswell has been a disappointment. The battery life is better, but the chip has remained expensive and the nicer versions of it are mostly unavailable except to Apple.

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 05:28

10. NotAGeek (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Still waiting for an affordable surface from MS with a bay trail chip and x86 windows

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 07:08

11. Tumaini (Posts: 22; Member since: 24 Sep 2013)


Thanks MS..

posted on 20 Jun 2014, 23:41

15. techloverNYC (Posts: 412; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


2 words to sum it up for me...too expensive.

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