In an event at New York, Microsoft has unveiled the all new Surface pro 3 that succeeds the not so glamorous Surface Pro. In fact, a lot of experts even questioned Microsoft’s wisdom in retaining the Surface Pro line of tablets especially post the Nokia acquisition as doubts loomed large over the co-existence of the Surface line of devices and Lumia 2520.
Yet, quashing all of that, the Surface Pro 3 is reality and dare we say, from the outside, it looks like a winner. Instead of taking on the likes of iPad Air, the Surface Pro 3 is billed to be a Macbook Air killer with Microsoft taking jibes that 98% of people with iPad in their bag still use a laptop, and that is exactly what it is taking on with the new Surface Pro 3.
The tablet includes a kickstand with three positions, like its predecessors to help it stand on the table. The device is 9.1 mm thick and will come with a larger 12 inch display which will have a 3:2 aspect ratio with HD Display. The device has substantially thin bezels as compared to the Surface Pro 2. The Surface Pro 3 will provide a “Full Power of PC”, a phrase that was used plenty of times at the press conference. The Surface 3 has a better battery life and chassis and this was demonstrated by a drop test on the stage. The highest variant of the tablet will be powered by Intel Core i7 processor. You can pick the i5 or the i3 variants too. The tablet weighs 800 grams which is pretty light when compared to other laptops and also brings front facing speakers. The Surface 3 pro also supports split screen applications.
Not just a tablet, Microsoft also debuted Type covers which are even thinner and has a better trackpad with increased 68% size than previous version. There were also new Pens for touch input in case you want to use apps like Photoshop or use the tablet to take a quick note. The tablet goes on sale in the US tomorrow for a pre order price of $799 for the core i3 variant with 4 GB RAM and 64 GB SSD. The highest end Surface pro 3 with Core i7, 512 GB SSD and 8 GB of RAM will cost $1,949. The type keyboard will cost $129 and will go on pre order with the tablet.
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