Microsoft announces Surface Pro 3 with 12" screen and $799 price tag
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Just like a leak earlier this week predicted, Microsoft has gone ahead and unveiled their new Surface Pro tablet. The company has always touted their Windows tablet as a replacement for laptops, and the new Surface Pro 3 takes it one step closer with a larger screen and a better cover.
Announced at an event in New York today, the Pro 3 comes in at 12" with a resolution of 2160x1440 pixels, providing 50% more pixels than the previous Surface's 10.6" display. The tablet is also powered by 4th generation Intel processors, ranging from i3 to i7 CPUs, along with up to 8 GB of RAM and storage options that run the gamut from 64GB to 512GB. Also included are a pair of 5MP cameras (front and rear) that are both capable of shooting 1080p video and are powered by a nine-hour battery.
The new Surface does feature a couple design changes, as it is now .36" thick and weighs just 1.76lbs, though it maintains its iconic kickstand. Microsoft is also touting improved accessories for the tablet, including a $139 Type Cover that has a built-in keyboard, a $49 digital pen that can turn the Pro on with a click of a button and a $200 docking station that adds a number of extra ports.
Microsoft will be making the tablet available for pre-order as soon as tomorrow, but the official launch won't be till the 20th of June. The pricing will also depend on the specifications for each model and should be as follows:
- Intel Core i3, 64GB and 4GB of RAM - $799
- Intel Core i5, 128GB and 4GB of RAM - $999
- Intel Core i5, 256GB and 8GB of RAM - $1,299
- Intel Core i7, 256GB and 8GB of RAM - $1,549
- Intel Core i7, 512GB and 8GB of RAM - $1,949
The Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304422704579573964207801056