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Microsoft Unveils 12-Inch Surface Pro 3 to Target your MacBook Air

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Microsoft today unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a 12-inch tablet that aims to replace your laptop. It’s a fact that it has all of the necessary elements to do that: It is 30% thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air, it has a bigger display, it comes with a continuous kickstand, you can attach a Surface Pro Type Cover, and it also has a Surface Pen — included (or maybe a pen-shaped mouse?).

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 runs Windows 8.1 and features a large 2160 x 1440 2K colour-calibrated screen and 3:2 aspect ratio, and it is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor and 4 GB or 8 GB of system memory options. Its storage capacity ranges from 64 GB to 512 GB. The device measures 7.93 in x 11.5 in x 0.36 in and weighs 1.76 lbs, and it comes with multiple ports: full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader.

Alongside the new Surface Pro, Microsoft unveiled the continuous kickstand featuring a friction hinge that allows users to pick any angle from zero to 150 degrees. There will also be a docking station as well, available in the next few months.

According to the Microsoft press release, the Surface Pro 3 has a battery life of up to 9 hours (of web browsing), which is 10% better than the Surface Pro 2.

As for the price, the entry-level Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core i3, 64 GB, and 4 GB of RAM costs $799. Now, if we add the Surface Pro Type Cover cost of $129.99, we have a 12-inch tablet-laptop hybrid for $928.99. Now add Office to the costs, because it is sold separately.

In addition, we must note that the high-end Surface Pro with Intel Core i7, 512 GB, and 8 GB of RAM costs $1,949.

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Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen will be available for pre-order starting May 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT through Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers.

Beginning June 20 in Canada and the US, customers will be able to purchase Intel® Core™ i5 Surface Pro 3 and select accessories from Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers. Additional configurations will become available during August, and additional accessories will be available in the next few months.

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  • Chrome262

    for that much, on the higher end I could get a nice Air. If apple put touch screen on their airs then this would be dead. Or make their iPad air beefier. In any event not sure how this will play out, hope they do well with this as their previous Pro has not. I know Lenovo is doing well with its windows 8 platform, buy giving something similar at a lower cost.

  • StarGoose

    ya….NO chance. It looks cheap….sorry, but it does. If I want a tablet I’ll get a tablet. I MUCH prefer the full laptop functionality of my 13″ Macbook air…..Thanks but no thanks. It took me forever to switch to Apple products……now that I did a couple of years ago, Lord only knows I’d never go back!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Gary

    You pretty much summed it up. A tablet has its uses and so does a laptop. Hard to see a ‘merged’ product that can try to emulate the strengths of both devices in a mediocre fashion. Previous Surface sales and their write down probably was a hint the market isn’t really into something like this.

  • iFone

    Absolutely! This is trying to be two things at the same time, but it’s neither the best tablet (not the lightest and more portable), nor the best laptop (lack of more horsepower and better batt life compared to the Mac Air 13 inch). It’s just meh.