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Microsoft officially unveils 12-inch Surface Pro 3 Tablet that wants to replace your laptop

ByinAnnouncements, Tablets | May 20, 2014

Surface 3 Pro TabletWe have been anxiously waiting for this day ever since Microsoft sent out invitations to its New York event two weeks ago. As the day finally arrived, the company unveiled its latest addition to the Surface Pro lineup, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 tablet. In a nutshell, the slate is large, thin, lightweight, durable, fast, comfortable to work with and will be available with a bunch of useful accessories. In other words, it has all it takes to replace your laptop.

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet

Surface Pro 3There’s no doubt that Microsoft put a lot of effort into building the Surface Pro 3. The device comes not only with upgraded hardware but also redesigned exterior, all of which combined makes it well suited to take place of a tablet even for the most demanding tasks. Earlier rumors proved true and the Surface Pro 3 indeed is bigger than last year’s Surface Pro 2. The tablet has a 12-inch display with 2160 x 1440 resolution which works out to a pixel density of 216 ppi. Curiously, the Pro 3 has an aspect ratio of 3:2 instead of 16:9.

Despite being larger, the tablet is lighter than its predecessor and tips the scales at 28.2 ounces (800 grams). For comparison, the Surface Pro 2 weighs 31.7 ounces (900 grams). It may seem like a lot for a tablet, but let’s not forget that it’s a 12-inch tablet we are talking about. Microsoft Surface Pro 3When you take a laptop of this size, it will be much heavier. Measuring just 9.1 mm in thickness, the new Surface Pro is thinner than the Pro 2, though it keeps the same magnesium body and solid construction. Wrapping up on the revamped design, we can’t ignore the new multi-position kickstand that allows the screen to sit at a near-flat angle of 150 degrees.

The Surface Pro 3 also packs two cameras, both with 5-megapixel sensors with 1080p video capture at 30 frames per second. There’s a couple of microphones placed on the back and front panel and the user-facing speakers are now 45% louder. Other features include USB 3.0 connectivity, Mini DisplayPort output, stylus support and a battery capable of providing power up to 9 hours of web browsing.

As expected, the Surface Pro 3 will be available in five different configurations of processor, RAM and internal memory. The most basic option includes a Core i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage and will be priced at $799. Stepping up a notch, there are two models equipped with Core i5 chip – one offers 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, and the other comes with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of built-in storage. The former will cost $999, while the latter will sell for $1,299. More demanding users will be able to grab the most high-end Surface Pro 3 with a Core i7 processor and either 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of memory for $1,549, or 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage for $1,949.

The tablet will be available with a wide selection of accessories to make your work easier, faster and more convenient. The accessories include Type Cover priced at $129.99, Docking Station for $199.99, Surface Pen for $49.99, an additional pen-loop for $4.99, Ethernet Adapter for $39.99, and an extra 36W power supply for $79.99.

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