Revealed: Microsoft Promises That Surface Pro 3 Tablet Will Replace Your Laptop
The Surface Pro 3 offers a relatively large (for the form factor) 12-inch display with a native resolution of 2160x1440 and with what the company claims is the highest contrast ratio in industry. The Surface Pro 3 is just 9.1mm thick and weighs only 800g, and it features a perimeter vent and re-engineered fan that allows it to cool 30% more efficiently than the Surface Pro 2. The Surface Pro 3 comes in three configurations, alternately running a 4th-gen Intel Core-i3, i5, or i7 processor, with Intel HD Graphics 4400; 4GB or 8GB of RAM; and 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of on-board solid state storage.
Both the front and rear cameras are 5MP, and both offer 1080p HD capture.
The Surface Pro 3 also has front-facing speakers that are 45% louder than the Surface Pro 2's, and it has a pen for input and USB 3.0, too. Other ports include a microSD card reader, headset jack, and mini DisplayPort. The kickstand starts at the familiar 22-degree angle, but it can extend all the way to 100 degrees in what Microsoft calls Canvas Mode. When poised on your lap, the new Type Cover features a full-length magnet that attaches to the Surface's bezel, where it connects to the screen for better stability.
The Type Cover itself is even thinner than before, and it features a 68% larger trackpad with slicker surface than the Surface Pro 2's trackpad (according to MS, friction has been reduced by 78%).
Other notable factoids about the Surface Pro 3 include the fact that it can survive drops (Panos Panay actually dropped one on the [carpeted] stage from shoulder height); it has 15-20% better battery life than the Surface Pro 2; and the dock lets you output to 4K displays.
The Surface Pro 3 starts at $799 and goes on sale tomorrow, although you can preorder starting now. We’ll have more hands-on coverage and a full review soon, so stay tuned.