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Microsoft wants the tablet to replace the laptop with Surface Pro 3

Published on May 21, 2014 12:22 AM

SINGAPORE - Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 3 tablet, which is thinner and lighter than the previous version despite having a larger 12-inch display.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella kicked off the launch event in New York by talking about the motivation for the Surface devices. He said that they wanted to design a device that took the best of the tablet and the laptop and enable users to both watch a movie and create a movie.

The result is the Surface Pro 3 tablet, which measures 9.1mm at its thinnest point. But it still manages to pack a powerful Intel Core i7 chip. According to Microsoft, the new model is faster than the previous version by 10 per cent.

The Surface Pro 3 has a high-resolution 2,160 x 1,440-pixel screen. It has an uncommon 3:2 aspect ratio that lets it show more content than the usual 16:9 screens.

The hinge of the integrated kickstand can now be adjusted at any angle up to 150 degrees compared with the single 22-degree stop on the original Surface. The new keyboard cover - Type Cover - magnetically connects to the front of tablet and helps to stabilise the device when placed on your laptop.

Other key specifications include support for a stylus, a USB 3.0 port and a microSD card reader. It is said to have up to nine hours of battery life. Microsoft is taking preorders for the device in the US with prices starting from US$799 (S$1,000) for an Intel Core i3 model.

Leading up to the event, there were rumours that Microsoft was preparing a smaller 7-inch Surface tablet. However, only the Surface Pro 3 was launched.

Last October, the company updated its Surface tablet lineup with the Surface Pro 2 and the Surface 2. But so far, only the Surface 2, which runs the Windows RT operating system, is available in Singapore. However, the Surface Pro 3 will be launched this August in 26 countries, including Singapore.