Despite rumours saying it would be unveiling a small Surface Mini tablet, Microsoft revealed the larger Surface Pro 3 device at an event in New York yesterday. Introduced during a lengthy presentation by the vice president of Microsoft’s Surface division, the new model is designed to bridge the gap between tablets and laptops.
The screen has been enlarged to 12-inches, up from the usual 10.6-inches seen on previous Surface tablets, and it has been given a paper-like 3:2 aspect ratio. The resolution is a high 2160×1440 pixels. To fit in with the paper theme, the Surface Pro 3 comes with a stylus, inevitably named the Surface Pen, which can be used throughout the Windows 8.1 Pro operating system.
Because the tablet runs full Windows 8.1, and not the cut down Windows RT version, its specification is more like that of a computer. There’s a choice of fourth generation Intel processors, the Core i3, Core i5, or the super powerful Core i7. Each comes with 4GB or 8GB of memory, and the option of 64GB, 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of internal storage space.
Other features include a 5 megapixel rear camera and a front camera which shoots Full HD video, a USB 3.0 port, Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, and a slim 9.1mm chassis which weighs 800 grams. Microsoft is targeting buyers who are considering the Apple MacBook Air, and compared the two devices several times. However, if you want a keyboard with the Surface Pro 3, then it’ll come at an extra cost.
Pricing in the UK hasn’t been confirmed yet, but we do know the tablet will be out before the end of August. In America, prices range from $799 to $1949, so don’t expect it to be cheap.