Microsoft has just unveiled the new Surface Pro 3, the company's most powerful tablet ever that comes with a 12-inch screen and runs the full version of Windows 8.1 Pro.
Panos Panay, head of the Surface division, has presented the new device at a press conference in New York, emphasizing that the Surface Pro 3 can replace your laptop, offering excellent on-the-go productivity.
Panay has explained that the new Surface Pro 3 is “extremely thin” and features “an absolutely beautiful 12-inch screen,” which is what he calls pixel-free because it promises to offer the best graphic quality on the market.
The Surface Pro 3 is positioned between the laptop and the tablet market and is only 9.1 mm thick, while also featuring a multi-position kickstand. It weighs in only 800 grams.
For the Surface Pro 3, Microsoft reinvented the fan, Panay has said, because you don't hear it, you don't feel it, he adds. “It is amazing, you can talk about details all day long,” he has explained.
The Surface Pro 3 has a resolution of 2160x1440 and features an Intel Core i7 processor for the best performance in the tablet industry.
Panoy has shown that the Surface Pro 3 is extremely durable and has obviously dropped it on stage to demonstrate that the Vapor Magnesium case is still there to protect your device.
Microsoft has also designed a dock station for the Surface Pro 3. Still, no details on pricing and availability though.
Adobe has also confirmed that Photoshop CC is completely optimized for the touch, so by using a digital pen, anyone can create awesome drawings and perform advanced image editing on the Surface Pro 3.
The Surface Pro 3 also features a completely revamped kickstand that boasts two different modes. First of all, it has the original kickstand mode that allows you to use it as a laptop, just like the previous Surface tablets. At the same time, it also boasts a new so-called canvas mode that's just perfect “to write on the screen,” as Panay says.
“You need the canvas to write on, you can now do the drawing you need to do,” he adds.
At the same time, the Surface Pro 3 also brings in a new Type Cover that allows consumers to use it as a laptop because the device “has to work in your lap,” Panay points out. “It's what we call lapability, blame me for making up words,” he says.
The Type Cover comes with a trackpad that's 68 percent larger and features two-finger scrolling. It magnetically seals itself to the screen and makes the device more stable, Panay explains on the stage.
The Surface Pro 3 will go on sale tomorrow with i3, i5, or i7 processor, with pricing to start at $799 (585 euros).