Microsoft has just unveiled the Surface Pro 3 tablet, the company’s latest entry into its Surface line of Windows 8 tablets.
With the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft is hoping to appease both laptop and tablet users by releasing a device that can easily act as both. The Surface Pro 3 measures only 9mm thin and weighs only 800 grams. It features a large 12-inch with a screen resolution of 2,160 x 1,440 pixels and a completely new multi-stage kickstand that can fold back way farther (up to 150-degrees or more). The Surface Pro 3 runs on Windows 8 and can be powered by an Intel i3, i5, or i7 processor in different configuration options including up to 8GB of RAM and up to nine hours of battery life.
A new slew of accessories have also been revealed with the new Surface Pro 3 including a new stylus called the Surface Pen and a new Surface Pro Type Cover.
“So many people carry both a laptop and a tablet but really want just one device that serves all purposes,” said Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface. “Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop — packing all the performance of a fully powered laptop into a thin, light and beautifully designed device. You’ll love being able to carry a single device for your next class, workday or weekend getaway knowing you have all the power you need.”
Microsoft will begin accepting pre-orders for the Surface Pro 3 beginning tomorrow. The Surface Pro 3 will be available in a slew of variants – the i3 configurations start at $799, the i5 ones start $99, and the i7 variants will start at $1,549. While the Surface Pro 3 will come in different configurations, they won’t be all available at the same time. The i5 configurations of the Surface Pro 3 will become available starting June 20 in the US and Canada. The rest of the Surface Pro 3 variants will become available sometime August and Microsoft hopes to start making the new tablets available in an additional 26 markets by the end of August 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.