Most of us were expecting for Microsoft to unveil the Surface Mini at the special event from New York today, but what we got instead was an upgraded version of the Surface Pro 2 and we can’t say that we were disappointed, since this new tablet, if we can call it like that, packs a punch.
First of all, the Surface Pro 3 comes with a bigger size of 12-inch, but despite the increased size, it remains pretty thin at 9.1 mm and quite lightweight at 800 grams (1.76 pounds). Sure, there are plenty of thinner and lighter tablets out there, but let’s not forget that the Surface Pro has always been promoted as a “laptop killer” and during today’s event, it was touted as the perfect solution that combines both a tablet and a laptop. By the way, this is the thinnest Intel core product ever made.

Speaking of Intel, Microsoft has managed to include core i7 inside the Surface Pro 3 which increase its performance by 10% over the previous edition. Also, just like the previous Surface Pro, it supports pen input, and it also comes with a docking station that lets you project to 4K monitors and a new Type Cover. So, here’s the entire rundown of the its tech specs:

  • 12-inch ClearType Full HD display
  • 800 grams (1.76 pounds), 9.1 mm thin
  • 4th-generation Intel Core processor, up i7
  • Up to 8 GB of RAM, 4GB in the cheapest version
  • Estimated nine hours of web-browsing battery life
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Improved accessories: Surface Pen, Pro Type Cover, Docking Station, Surface Ethernet Adapter
  • Starting price of $799

Another cool feature of the Surface Pro 3 is the new kickstand on the back that allows the screen to sit at a near-flat angle of 150 degrees. The “elegant” aspect of the Pro 3 is also thanks to the fact that this is a fanless device, so it’s much more silent, which makes it more of a tablet, than a laptop. And as for the price, it starts at $799 for the i3 version, of course, with 4GB RAM and 64GB SSD. The highest specced version of Surface Pro 3 will come with core i7, 8GB of RAM and 512GB SSD, and will set you back by $1949!

megafon What we think of this
From the looks of it, this is quite a beast, and if you’re looking to have one device that can replace both your tablet and laptop, this is your choice. Sadly, the pricing looks disastrous. Also, Microsoft wants you to see it as a laptop, but doesn’t sell the keyboard and pen in the package. Weird decisions.

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