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Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3

Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3

Tue 20 May 2014 4:05pm GMT / 12:05pm EDT / 9:05am PDT
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"This is the tablet that can replace your laptop," Panos Panay says of the new Surface, which has a 12-inch screen

While some had been expecting a Surface mini, Microsoft today went in the other direction, announcing the Surface Pro 3 at an event in New York City. The new Surface has a 12-inch screen (compared to the last tablet's 10.6-inch screen) and the company's touting it as a tablet that can finally replace your laptop completely.

Panos Panay, the head of the Surface team, pointed out that 96 percent of people who own an iPad also own a laptop. With the new Surface Pro 3, Microsoft believes it's the only portable computing device you'll need.

At 9.1 mm thin, the Surface Pro 3 is thinner than the last Surface and it weighs 800 grams, which is lighter than a Macbook Air. It runs on the new Intel Core i7 chip and has a silent fan. It also supports external displays and 4K monitors. The Surface Pro 3 goes on sale tomorrow, starting at $799, and will come in three different processor speeds.

Thanks to BusinessInsider.

11 Comments

Popular Comment
and for all those who just bought surface pros 2 within the last month or 2 now feel screwed. These companies need to do a better job in how they phase from one product to another.

Posted:3 months ago

#1

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

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Eh, my old laptop has a 14.1 inch screen and can run old games I'd bet this new toy can't, so this won't replace anything unless I get a free pair of prescription eyeglasses with it. Nice try, though, Microsoft...

Posted:3 months ago

#2
Popular Comment
actually surface pro 2 is a pretty powerful little tablet, and the surface pro 3 is going to have a 4th gen i7, so Im pretty sure it could smoke your old laptop.

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Todd Weidner on 20th May 2014 9:00pm

Posted:3 months ago

#3

Greg Wilcox
Creator, Destroy All Fanboys!

2,159 1,081 0.5
Oh, I KNOW it could, but I hate touch screens for working (I know, I know) and don't have $800 + tax, so I need to convince myself otherwise... :D

Posted:3 months ago

#4

Nicholas Pantazis
Senior Editor

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@ Gret You don't need to use the touchscreen, you can use a mouse or the touchpad on the keyboard. Also the i5s and i7s in these things are likely quite a bit stronger than your existing laptop (my non-Surface Ultrabook can run Skyrim, even without dedicated graphics).

@ Todd The turnaround this time is quite ridiculous. We're less than 7 months from the launch of the Surface 2. That's going to make a lot of customers feel burned. That said, this is the upgrade the Surface 2 should have been in the first place.

Posted:3 months ago

#5

Barrie Tingle
Live Producer

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@Greg My Surface Pro (original) and run games fine and the Surface Pro 2 which I have seen can also run games, bother are lower specs than this so Surface Pro 3 will definitely run games.

Posted:3 months ago

#6

Tim Ogul
Illustrator

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I know, I got a Surface Pro 1 for $1000 right before they launched the Pro 2. It's a good little system, but kind of a bummer they keep making them better and cheaper than the one I bought. I'll hold out for next year's Surface Pro 7, but really can't wait the extra week after that for the 8 to come out.

Posted:3 months ago

#7

Tim Ogul
Illustrator

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Yeah, you don't need to use the touch screen, I use a bluetooth mouse for gaming on mine. I so tend to use the touch screen though, I use my thumb to do most interface stuff and it's quite convenient.

Posted:3 months ago

#8

Diana Hsu
Product Manager, Free-to-Play

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This might be a silly question, but can I play games with the Surface 3? Not the cutting edge new stuff, but games like AC 3, Dishonored, and the like?

Posted:3 months ago

#9

Curt Sampson
Sofware Developer

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Diana, modern (as in, released in the last few years) 3D games will probably not work all that well. One of the big issues with integrated graphics is the much more limited bandwidth between the graphics processors and memory than you have with non-integrated graphics processors that have their own RAM. The Iris Pro (GT3e) graphics on a few of the latest Intel chips help solve this problem with a cache, but it's not likely that even the top-end Surface 3 tablets will be using this.

Still, if you run the games at half the native screen resolution (i.e., at 1080x720) and keep the settings fairly low, you might find performance fairly acceptable, depending on your standards.

Posted:3 months ago

#10

Tim Ogul
Illustrator

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I can play GW2 just fine on my Surface Pro 1, I imagine the 3 can do even better.

Posted:3 months ago

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