Microsoft announce Surface Pro 3: 12-inch tablet with Intel Core i7 CPU

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Microsoft today have announced the Surface Pro 3. The new tablet brings new updated specs and size factor, including a whopping 12-inch ClearType display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution. The slate will have some optional specs which include either a Core i3, i5 or even i7 CPU with either 4 or 8GB of RAM. Storage options will range from 64 to 512GB. Microsoft are also including a full size USB 3.0 port, MicroSD slot and Mini DisplayPort. The tablet comes in at 9.1mm with a weight of just 800g, not bad at all for a 12-inch tablet with Core i7 CPU.

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The Surface Pro 3 includes a continues Kickstand for 0 to 150 degree angles of position. Microsoft also again included a digitizer pen for taking down notes in your own hand writing for ease, but also include a new function for waking the device by simply clicking the button on top of the pen, just like a pen. The Surface Pro 3 launches with a base price of €799 for the Core i3 with the price obviously climbing depending on the options you choose. Pre-ordering for the Surface Pro 3 starts tomorrow (May 21st) with availability set between June and August depending on spec of device and region. We have included the full specs, price list of different configurations, accessories and the announcement video from Microsoft below.

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Operatingsystem Windows 8.1 Pro
Exterior Dimensions: 7.93 in x 11.5 in x 0.36 inWeight: 1.76 lbsCasing: Magnesium

Color: Silver

Physical buttons: Volume, Power, Home

Storage 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB[1]
Display Screen: 12-inch ClearType Full HD displayResolution: 2160 x 1440Aspect Ratio: 3:2

Touch: Multitouch input

Pen input Pen input and pen (included with purchase)Pen features 256 levels of pressure sensitivity
CPU 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i5-4300U (1.6 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost up to 2.90 GHz) with Intel® HD Graphics 4400
4 GB or 8 GB of RAM — dual-channel LPDDR3TPM 2.0 (Trusted Platform Module — for BitLocker encryption)4th-generation Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 Processor

System memory: 4GB or 8GB memory options

TPM 2.0 chip for enterprise security

Wireless Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/nBluetooth 4.0 low energy technology
Battery Up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life[2]
Cameras and A/V 5MP and 1080p HD front- and rear-facing cameras
Built-in front- and rear-facing microphones
Stereo speakers with Dolby® Audio-enhanced sound
Ports Full-size USB 3.0microSD card readerHeadset jack

Mini DisplayPort

Cover port

Charging port

Sensors Ambient light sensor
Power supply 36W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)
Warranty One-year limited hardware warranty[3]


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Surface Pro 3 Estimated retail price (USD)
Intel® Core™ i3, 64 GB[1] and 4 GB of RAM $799
Intel® Core™ i5, 128 GB7 and 4 GB of RAM $999
Intel® Core™ i5, 256 GB7 and 8 GB of RAM $1,299
Intel® Core™ i7, 256 GB7 and 8 GB of RAM $1,549
Intel® Core™ i7, 512 GB7 and 8 GB of RAM $1,949


Surface Pro 3 Accessories Estimated retail price (USD)
Surface Pro Type Cover $129.99
Additional Surface Pen $49.99
Additional 36W Power Supply $79.99
Additional Pen Loop $4.99
Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 $199.99
Surface Ethernet Adapter $39.99


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