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Microsoft continues to refine its Surface concept

Microsoft is giving it another go when it comes to its Surface tablet family. The first generation Surface RT and Surface Pro were introduced in late 2012 and early 2013 respectively. Microsoft followed up with the second generation Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 in September 2013.
The company is now hoping to boost its fortunes in the tablet market with the new Surface Pro 3. One of the big things that Microsoft is trying to stress with the Surface Pro 3 is that it is a device that can can “do it all.” Microsoft’s Panos Panay proclaimed that “96% of people who own an iPad also own a laptop.” With the Surface, all you need is one device.

Surface Pro 3 is a big step forward, as it now features a 12” display (3:2 screen ratio) compared to 10.2” (16:9) for Surface Pro 2. Screen resolution has been bumped from 1920x1080 to 2160x1440.


And it must be stated that amazingly, Microsoft was able to not only make the Surface Pro 3 lighter despite the increase in screen size (1.76 pounds compared to 2 pounds), but also made it thinner than the existing model.

The Surface Pro 3 is now 9.1mm thick instead of 11.7mm thick.

The Surface Pro also expands on what Microsoft calls “lapability.” Microsoft wants to make it easier to use the Surface Pro 3 as a laptop, and to do so the company has seriously upgraded the kickstand thanks to an innovative hinge.

The kickstand can now be used at any angle up to a 150 degree degrees (no more pre-configured indents).

When used in conjunction with the redesigned Type Cover, the Surface Pro 3 should be easier to use in your lap. The redesigned Type Cover magnetically seals itself to the bottom of the screen and can easily adapt to fit your preferred typing position.

Microsoft also has a new trick features with the Surface Pro 3’s stylus. With the device off, you can simply click the button on the top of the stylus to automatically turn the device on with it ready and waiting in the OneNote app. The notes you then take will be synced to the cloud instantaneously.

Microsoft says that the Surface Pro 3 is good for up to 9 hours of battery life, and includes front-facing speakers that are now 45 percent louder. In addition, the Surface Pro 3 now includes two 5MP cameras which are capable of shooting 1080p video.
Microsoft continues to include a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader, and a Mini DisplayPort.

The Surface Pro 3 Docking Station will set you back $199
The Surface Pro 3 will go on sale tomorrow, starting at $799 for the Core i3 version with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB SSD. Full pricing is as follows:
  • Intel Core i3, 4 GB RAM, 64GB - $799
  • Intel Core i5, 4 GB RAM, 128GB - $999
  • Intel Core i5, 8 GB RAM, 256GB - $1,299
  • Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 256GB - $1,549
  • Intel Core i7, 8 GB RAM, 512GB - $1,949

Source: Microsoft

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By FITCamaro on 5/20/2014 2:15:53 PM , Rating: -1
I just wish they offered a lower resolution one. I don't need more than 1080p on a 12" screen. And they could clearly offer it cheaper. Please give us options Microsoft.

The Core i5 one though is a killer deal. I just wish you could get 8GB of RAM with an i5 and a 128GB SSD. Are you able to upgrade the RAM in these I wonder.

By Labotomizer on 5/20/2014 3:02:46 PM , Rating: 2
The Surface Pro is designed to be a premium device. There are a ton of OEMs out there making Windows tablets that could probably fit what you're looking for. But this one, this one is really exceptional.

By Labotomizer on 5/20/2014 3:03:40 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and while you can upgrade memory you'll need a soldering gun and all kinds of other unpleasantness and you're likely to break the touch screen. At least on the SP 1&2 it was like that.

RE: Now you know why I was so excited about this event
By Mint on 5/20/2014 3:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
It's a 3:2 ratio screen. 1080p would have to completely revamp the device, and most people wouldn't like it as much in portrait mode.

At this price, how can you complain about more resolution?

By inighthawki on 5/20/2014 3:40:14 PM , Rating: 2
I also think the higher resolution is useful here since they made it clear that one of their target use cases for the device is a replacement for a notepad/paper. You would want a high density DPI for sharp font. I'm sure 1080p (or 3:2 equivalent) would be fine for those who do not use it for writing.

By atechfan on 5/20/2014 6:57:04 PM , Rating: 2
With that aspect ratio, 1080p would give 1620 on the other axis, not enough to play 1080p content.

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