May 20 2014, 10:33pm CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
Microsoft vowed to replace the laptop when it announced the first-generation Surface tablet in 2012. It failed. But with its Surface Pro 3, announced earlier today, Microsoft may have finally nailed it this time.
Panos Panay, the corporate vice president of Microsoft Surface, boldy said today that the larger-yet-lighter Surface Pro 3 can indeed replace your laptop.
“So many people carry both a laptop and a tablet but really want just one device that serves all purposes. The Surface Pro 3 packs 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,” Panay proudly said.
Unlike its predecessors, the Surface Pro 3 features a 12-inch full HD display with a whopping 2,160 x 1,440 resolution. It's powered by a 4th-generation Intel Core processor, with Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 options.
The storage capacity is ample with up to 512GB of space. There's a 4GB or 8GB RAM configuration. Other features include a full-size USB 3.0 port, a mini DisplayPort, a microSD card reader, and a battery that offers up to 9 hours of operation.
But the exciting features of the Surface Pro 3 are its accessories. A laptop-killing tablet would mean having a portable keyboard. Surface fans will be happy to hear that the new click-in keyboard has a 63 percent larger track-pad.
There's also a nifty kickstand that flexes from zero to 150-degrees in a snap.
The best part is the new digital pen that will automatically open Microsoft OneNote in the tablet. Just push the pen and the Surface Pro 3 will open OneNote on the screen.
Microsoft also teased a Surface-optimized version of Adobe Photoshop which features impressive touch and gesture controls, amazing pen accuracy, and line precision. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Core i3 model retails for $799, while the top-end version will sell for $1,949 without the keyboard.
The keyboard that doubles as a cover will retail for $129.99. Pre-orders will start tomorrow, Wednesday, May 21st.
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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