Microsoft Equips Surface Pro 3 with a Bigger Screen, Thinner Profile, and Faster Hardware

Paul Lilly

Surface Pro 3 makes a bid to replace your laptop

As expected, Microsoft took to stage and unveiled its Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. The third generation Surface represents an improvement over previous models in just about every way and may finally convince users it's worth using as their primary laptop. It's thinner at 9.1mm, lighter at 800g, and boasts a bigger display at 12 inches. The Surface Pro 3 is also faster with up to a Core i7 foundation.

The theme during the unveiling was that Surface Pro 3 is a tablet that can replace your laptop. It certainly has the hardware -- Core i3, i5, and i7 processor options, 64GB to 512GB of storage space, 4GB or 8GB of RAM, full-size USB 3.0 port, mini DisplayPort, and a microSD card reader. All this supplements the color-calibrated 12-inch display with a 2160x1440 resolution

To really replace a laptop, however, you'd be well served to invest in an optional Type Cover and/or dock. The Type Cover comes in five colors and has a more responsive touchpad that's 68 percent larger. It also has an secondary attachment mode that provides additional stability when using the Surface Pro 3 on your lap.

Other notable tidbits from the unveiling -- the kickstand features a new hinge design that can bend all the way down to 150 degrees, the docking station can output to 4K Ultra HD displays, and Microsoft invented a new fan technology that's 30 percent more efficient than the previous version.

The Surface Pro 3 will be available to preorder tonight at 12:01 am Eastern Time at , at Microsoft Stores, and Best Buy in the U.S. It will then be available to purchase on June 20th.

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