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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Surface Pro 3
  • Display 12.0" 2160 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Intel Core i7
  • Storage 512 GB

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15 Comments

1. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Best tablet ever according to shills

2. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

3. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

Best laptop + tablet. Calling it just a tablet is sort of an undersell.

4. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

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

5. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

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

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Good on MS, speedy response.

8. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

13. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

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

7. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

9. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

10. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

11. Tumaini

Posts: 27; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

Thanks MS..

15. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

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

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