Microsoft Introduces Thinner Surface Pro 3 with 12" Display Starting at $799

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Microsoft today hosted a media event in New York City to introduce the Surface Pro 3, the company's next-generation tablet device. Billing the Surface Pro 3 as the culmination of a three-year effort to create a "tablet that can replace your laptop", Microsoft's Panos Panay highlighted a number of improvements over the previous generation, including a larger 12-inch display with 3:2 aspect ratio, thinner design, an improved stylus, and a full friction kickstand that gives users greater flexibility for adjusting viewing angles.

    Pricing begins at $799 with pre-orders starting tomorrow and availability of select models coming on June 20 in the U.S. and Canada. Availability will expand with additional models and countries in August.

    Based on Intel's Core i3, i5, or i7 processor, Surface Pro 3 measures 9.1 mm thick and weighs 800 grams, making it thinner and lighter than a MacBook Air, with Panay placing the two devices on a scientific balance scale to highlight the difference in weight.

    The Surface Pro 3 also comes with a new Surface Pen stylus offering 256 levels of pressure sensitivity. During the presentation, Panay highlighted how the very thin optical stack of the Surface Pro 3 brings the content close to the surface of the tablet, allowing for greater precision with the stylus and which makes it appear as if ink is flowing directly from the pen tip. Integration with OneNote makes it easy to jot down notes on the Surface and have those notes uploaded to other devices, and the Surface Pen's button can be used to wake the tablet to take notes and then upload to the cloud when finished.

    In support of its argument that the Surface Pro 3 can replace a notebook computer, Microsoft partnered with Adobe to show a preview of Photoshop optimized for the tablet device, with larger icons and support for both stylus and touch input.

    The entry-level $799 Surface Pro 3 model carries a Core i3 processor with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, with Core i5 models priced at $999 (128 GB storage, 4 GB RAM) and $1299 (256 GB storage, 8 GB RAM). High-end Core i7 models with 8 GB of RAM will be available for $1549 (256 GB storage) and $1949 (512 GB storage). Battery life is pegged at up to nine hours of web browsing.

    Alongside the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft also introduced several new accessories, including a new $130 Type Cover that is thinner than its predecessor while offering a much larger trackpad. A $200 docking station converts the Surface Pro 3 into a desktop workstation, including Ethernet, Mini DisplayPort, USB, and audio ports.

    Article Link: Microsoft Introduces Thinner Surface Pro 3 with 12" Display Starting at $799
  2. macrumors 68000


    May 19, 2011
    Leicestershire, UK
    Wow, that is kinda nice. That's the future of the laptop right there...well, someone's idea of the future of the laptop.
  3. macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    LOL they still make those?
  4. macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2009
    Why would they have not made pre-ordering available same day as announcement?
  5. Guest


    Jan 22, 2014
    Earth's Core
    This will definitely sell well :rolleyes:

    Still waiting for my iPad Pro, Tim Cook...
  6. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Not again....
  7. macrumors 6502a

    NY Guitarist

    Mar 21, 2011
    I kind of agree. At first glance it has some attractive features.
  8. macrumors member

    May 20, 2014
    Denver, CO
    Stupid Pro 3

    When I saw the guy shilling this thing HUG IT on stage because its "personal" i could hear SJ laughing his ass off from beyond the grave.

    Microsoft, BLESS THEIR HEARTS. They try so hard over there.

  9. macrumors 68040


    Sep 15, 2011
    Vilano Beach, FL
    Translation: it’s our 3rd swing ... hopefully this isn’t a strike :D
  10. macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I just wish the iPad had that stylus. Nothing third party vendors can offer compares to a really good integrated stylus for writing.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Feb 22, 2009
    WOW! It has some features I wish my iPad Air had. (I watched the event)
    Apple take note please.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2006
    SLC, Utah
    Another future writedown for Microsoft.
  13. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    3:2 aspect ratio...

  14. macrumors 68020


    Sep 22, 2009
    $1949 + $130 type cover = me opting for a retina MacBook Pro instead.
  15. macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2010
    They think they can keep making this faster and lighter. They attack the iPad as not being "productive" enough. But they don't get that people like the iPad. And they aren't making a product that competes with it.

    It's not the hassle-free appliance that the iPad is. It's a vulnerable, breakable device just like desktop Windows.
  16. macrumors 65816

    Aug 1, 2010
    This was needed... ... ...I'll wait till the price drops to $99.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2007
    Good for them I guess......

    Does this mean that they have abandoned Windows RT?
  18. macrumors 603


    Oct 5, 2008
    Before people say the iPad Air starts at $499, the S3 is not meant to compete with it. The S3 is basically a full fledged laptop in tablet form. It targets more of the MacBook Air. So, that's why its $799 and not a lot cheaper.
  19. macrumors newbie


    Apr 7, 2012
    Thinner than a Macbook Air...

    ...with the keyboard cover included?

    No, I didn't think so.
  20. macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Cuidad de México
    I have not been this excited for a product in some time.
  21. macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2009
    The only downside, it runs on windows.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2013
    It just looks cheesy to me.
  23. macrumors 603

    Michael Goff

    Jul 5, 2012
    I take it you wouldn't buy a maxed out MBA? ;)
  24. macrumors member


    Jun 12, 2011
    Calgary, AB, Canada
    Know this has been pointed out already, but I love this photo of the press from today's Microsoft event.

  25. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Too bad it's a top heavy monstrosity. Too bad it runs Windows. Too bad it's too expensive.

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