Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3

"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.

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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.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
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...
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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

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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
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
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd3 years ago
@ 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.
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Tim Ogul Illustrator 3 years ago
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.
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Tim Ogul Illustrator 3 years ago
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.
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Diana Hsu Product Manager, Free-to-Play, Big Fish Games3 years ago
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?
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 3 years ago
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.
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Tim Ogul Illustrator 3 years ago
I can play GW2 just fine on my Surface Pro 1, I imagine the 3 can do even better.
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