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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is announced: the tablet made to replace your laptop

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is announced: the tablet made to replace your laptop
Say hello to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. Yup, Microsoft just announced a brand new Windows 8.1 tablet at its press event, and, boy, does it have a lot going for it! In fact, Microsoft is promising that the Surface Pro 3 is capable of replacing a laptop, and that might turn out to be valid for many a user.

So, what's so cool about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3? Well, the slate has adopted the magnesium casing and solid construction that the Pro 2 was known for. And to prove that the new model can handle more than a few bumps, one got dropped at the stage without suffering any damage. Furthermore, the Pro 3 weighs 800 grams, which makes it over 100 grams lighter than the previous model. At an impressive 9.1 millimeters, Microsoft's newest tablet is also much slimmer than its predecessor. Further design changes include an improved, multi-position kickstand.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is announced: the tablet made to replace your laptop
Now, a weight figure of 800 grams might seem like quite a lot for a tablet, but there's a bit that we haven't mentioned yet. The Microsoft Surface 3 comes with a 12-inch color-calibrated display with ClearType tech – up from 10.6 inches on the Pro 2 model. Interestingly, the screen now has an aspect ratio of 3:2, which has its benefits. Or as Microsoft puts it, the Pro 3's screen has 6% more area than that on an 13-inch Macbook Air. The resolution of the Surface Pro 3's display is 2160 by 1440 pixels, resulting in about 216 ppi.

Under the hood of the Surface Pro 3 resides an Intel processor – up to a 4-th generation Core i7 with HD 4400 graphics, at that. Microsoft has managed to put Intel's powerful chip in its new tablet, thus making it the thinnest Core i7 device ever. Less capable, yet more affordable configurations will be available as well, packing an Intel Core i3 or an i5 processor. Up to 8 gigabytes of RAM can be tucked inside the device, and storage space options range from 64 to 512 gigabytes. To keep its cool even under heavy load, the Surface Pro 3 relies on a fan-based cooling system and vents placed around its sides. As powerful as it is, a Surface Pro 3 should provide up to 9 hours of web-browsing time on a single charge.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is announced: the tablet made to replace your laptop
As for its multimedia capabilities, the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 comes with two 5MP cameras – one in the front and one in the back – paired with front- and back-facing microphones. The snappers can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second. Microsoft is also touting the tablet's upgraded front-facing speakers that are now 45% louder. Around the sides of the slate you'll find a microSD card slot, as well as a USB 3.0 and Mini Display ports.

The range of accessories for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 includes a Surface Pen, which comes in the box. As the name implies, it is a presicion stylus used for note-taking and drawing. What you won't get in the set, however, is the Type Cover detachable keyboard ($129.99). The Pro 3 variant of the accessory features a 68% larger touchpad. A docking station for the device will be offered as well, priced at $199.99.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will go on sale tomorrow, May 21. Pricing is as follows: the very base configuration, with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, will cost $799, while a Core i5 model with twice the RAM and storage space will retail for $1299. There will be two Core i7 configurations with 8GB of RAM and either 256 or 512 gigabytes of storage for $1549 or $1949 respectively.


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posted on 20 May 2014, 10:51 18

1. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Go MS! This is great. Good bye to my Samsung laptop, you served me well.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:03 19

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3900; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I'm in now..... I can't wait to get this beauty.
Great job ms.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:25 8

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Didn't think I'll ever think about getting a Surface, but now I do :D Even though it can't replace my desktop, but it'll let me do some gaming on the go!! The real gaming, not mobile gaming.

posted on 21 May 2014, 01:57 2

43. techperson211 (Posts: 1168; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Come on MS you nailed this one. Cut the price at least. It is too much.

posted on 20 May 2014, 10:54 3

2. Anarsosoroo (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 May 2014)


Wow. That's great

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:01 3

3. haroonazeem638 (Posts: 141; Member since: 29 Mar 2011)


Priced at $2000.....?

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:11 11

6. NoFanboy (Posts: 298; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


$799.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:17 3

9. Beijendorf (Posts: 339; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


Oh great, a fanboy of the Surface Pro 3 cooling system!

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:21 8

25. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2047; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


All he did was state the price. Then suddenly he becomes a "fanboy".

posted on 20 May 2014, 13:34 2

31. Beijendorf (Posts: 339; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


I was just poking fun at his name "No fan-boy" since the Surface Pro 3 is apparently a passively cooled system (no fan). :)

Wooh, dad-jokes! \o/

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:07 13

5. robcar (Posts: 109; Member since: 18 Jan 2011)


No other device is even near this innovation and powerful product.
This device seems to be insanely engineered...

Microsoft sets a new standard on the market.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:12 16

7. muser793 (Posts: 57; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


this is the greatest piece of tech I've ever seen! innovative, powerful, beautiful holy sh!t :D but I'm sure PA will review this and give it a 8.5 because it doesn't have an apple logo on it's back cover! anyway Microsoft did a gr8 job, well done!

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:22 2

11. MojoDojo (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Yes, and specially because windows doesnt have as big store as the app store..

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:27 11

13. muser793 (Posts: 57; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


:| windows doesn't need app store :| it's full windows 8.1, go download programs or whatever you want. if app store has 1 million apps, windows have unlimited amount of apps. it's a full pc not just a regular tablet for checking facebook or playing casual games...

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:28 6

14. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


You're right, but the OS(Win 8.1) is far more versatile than iOS and even more than Android.

posted on 26 May 2014, 11:02

44. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)


"App Store"?????????
Dude, this is not a smartphone or Tablet... IT IS A PC!!!! "Surface" simply reflects the name and style of the device's design... It is still a COMPUTER.

It does not need an "APP STORE"... Do you need an app store for your PC or MAC?????

Lol...

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:18

24. SuperAndroid507 (Posts: 248; Member since: 06 Jan 2014)


I know of other site that will give it the same score since it doesn't say Nokia on top of the screen.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:14

8. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 897; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


It seems that MS want to anticipate the coming of iPad Pro.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:20 2

10. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Ah, if they released one with 14 inches at least then I'd get it in a heartbeat, 12 inches is way too small for me..

Other than that though, it's frikkin amazing. Truly a magnificent achievement.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:29 3

15. MScomputerAND-ROID (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 May 2014)


OOOOMMMMGGGG

nothing more....

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:31

16. redmd (Posts: 1239; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Great job MS. So how about an LTE version?

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:32 4

17. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 978; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


This is brilliant, and up to 8GB RAM!? It's a beastly thing, perfect balance between a laptop and tablet, it just made my iPad 4 feel a tad outdated and very much out powered, you can't actually compare a Surface Pro to a regular iPad or Android tablet. I think the only tablets in Android that come close to this are the Galaxy Note Pro line, specifically the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 LTE.

Excellent job MS, this is what the tablet space needed.

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:40

18. adecvat (Posts: 246; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


2160 by 1440 pixels - what? Stupid

posted on 20 May 2014, 11:50 5

19. hmd74 (Posts: 476; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)


Take my money MS!

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:01

20. PressStart (Posts: 119; Member since: 08 Apr 2014)


Why not put SSDs in them?

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:41

28. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


??????

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:04 2

21. twens (Posts: 955; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Beautiful!!! Welcome to the future geeks.

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:06

22. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


I7 8gb ram 512gb-$1949. Thats overpriced considering that it has no dedicated GPU other than that crappy intel"HD". And wtf i7 in 9mm, definately an microwave, even with Haswell. Fail in my book.

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:32 6

26. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Nothing new here from you. Everything from MS is a fail in your "book". Continue...

posted on 20 May 2014, 14:05

32. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)


Here we go again. Its not my fault that MS didnt unveil surface mini. Dont get frustrated.

posted on 20 May 2014, 21:34

37. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I don't really care that a Surface MIni wasn't announced, I'm getting the Surface Pro 3!

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:06 2

23. Penny (Posts: 1647; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Excellent device, but the pricing is kind of crazy. The lowest model with the Core i3 and 64GB of storage is reasonable at $800, but the huge premiums for additional storage space and processor bumps from there on up are not really justifiable in my opinion.

posted on 20 May 2014, 12:35 3

27. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


The pricing might be high, but then again, this will be replacing your laptop as well as your tablet, and for this duo functionality, its definitely worth it, considering one will have a portable power house with themselves with that i7 chip and can run legacy software as well as metro apps.

posted on 20 May 2014, 13:18 2

30. Troysyx (Posts: 175; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Yes and no, i bought an i5 4200 windows 8 laptop for $550 (hate windows 8 but love the laptop), buy a really good tablet for $300 or so dollars, and you have the base model right there.

posted on 20 May 2014, 14:31

33. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)


This is supposed to be competing with the macbook air and ultrabooks. Not normal laptops. And honestly, for that category it is a great price. The screen alone is better than anything you could get for that price at the low end.

posted on 20 May 2014, 13:15

29. Troysyx (Posts: 175; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Honestly, this is an amazing looking tablet. They did a tremendous job. Sadly, i absolutely hate Windows 8. I use my laptop very rarely and only when it is easier than using my phone or tablet. If this was around with Windows 7, i would have been game. And i wont lie, i actually laughed/scoffed when i saw the i7 versions where $1550 and $1950.

posted on 20 May 2014, 16:02

34. skymitch89 (Posts: 1291; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


The only problem is still the price. $799 for a tablet with an Core i3 processor, 4GB RAM, & only 64GB storage is a bit ridiculous, especially with the Type Keyboard costing another $129. I could go to Bestbuy and get an HP Split x2 that has the same processor, same amount of RAM, 128GB storage, AND a detachable keyboard for $597.99.

posted on 20 May 2014, 17:46 1

35. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Microsoft has the right idea but it's too expensive, especially for the i5 and i7 versions...

posted on 20 May 2014, 18:30

36. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


It should be 20%+ cheaper

posted on 21 May 2014, 01:56

42. techperson211 (Posts: 1168; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Now MS is talking . This is a real tablet with a laptop functionality . But please the PRICE is too much!!!! Cut at least 20%-30% of your price!!!!

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