Panos Panay corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface at the Surface Press Event 20th May 2014, announced the new Surface Pro 3 saying It’s the tablet that can replace your laptop. It is the most powerful, thinnest, and lightest Surface Pro yet. It is a full PC and a brilliant tablet.
He stated that in designing of Surface Pro 3, we wanted to design a device that can marry the power of the full PC without compromising the sleek finish, elegant look and feel, light weight, thinness, and great battery life that we expect from a tablet.
Talking about the design and specification of the new product he said; Surface Pro 3 is powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor (there will be Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 options), and storage capacity ranging from 64 to 512 GB with 4 or 8 GB of RAM. It still features a full-size USB 3.0 port for peripherals, a Mini DisplayPort for projecting to an external display, and a microSD card reader for expandable storage. Surface Pro 3 has a 12” ClearType Full HD screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution. The new screen is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels. It weighs 1.76 pounds and is 0.36 inches thin, it’s half the thickness of a MacBook Pro and 30% thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air with a battery life up to 9 hours, that’s 10% better than Surface Pro 2.
In addition, every screen is color calibrated at the factory, so you’ll see accurate, brilliant colors, great white points, and great contrast on every device. The combo of the big, beautiful screen and SD card means Surface Pro 3 gives big-screen entertainment anywhere.
Surface Pro 3 features a new multi-position kickstand that features a friction-hinge that lets you pick whatever angle you want from zero to 150 degrees. There are also new click-in keyboards that come in five colors with 63% bigger track-pads and more stability. A new Surface Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 was announced.
The pen support in the Surface Pro 3 is greatly improved, its been designed with note taking in mind. He said we wanted to make the transition to the digital writing seamless, elegant, and simple. The best example of this is how we married the hardware and software to provide a break-through note-taking experience with OneNote, the Surface Pen, and Surface Pro 3.
Surface Pro 3 is a full-powered PC, so of course it can run all Windows apps including Office and desktop apps and of course it has great multi-tasking and can be shared with multiple user accounts.
Pre-order the device at the microsoftstore.com in most launch markets. Retail price starts at $799, will be available for purchase in stores and through authorized resellers beginning on June 20th in the US and Canada and, by the end of August, in 26 additional markets including Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.