Microsoft’s biggest, baddest, hottest tablet to date, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3, has just gone official. Ironically, during a press gathering we now sense MS facetiously teased as “small”. Well played, Redmond, well played.
So yeah, while we were all getting ready for a compact, mid-end Windows RT-running iPad mini contender, Microsoft was hard at work on a full-sized, top-of-the-line iPad Air, nay MacBook Air rival.
That’s right, the Surface Pro 3 can definitely be used as a conventional slate, but it’s clearly much more than that. When paired with a glitzy new Type Cover keyboard, it’s just as functional and productive as an ultrabook. Or MacBook.
Also, extremely punchy, thanks to a state-of-the-art Intel Core i7 “Haswell” processor and integrated Intel HD graphics. Of course, lower-end configurations with i5 and i3 chips are in store, reportedly starting at around $800. Hmm, that means the i7-powered flavor will cost, what, $1,500, $1,700, $2,000?
Not sure, but hey, this level of mind-blowing raw speed, versatility and portability can’t really be cheap. Speaking of portability, let’s mention the standalone Surface Pro 3, though significantly larger than the 10.5-inch second-gen, is lighter, at 800 grams, and much, much thinner, at 9.1 mm.
Hopefully, the sleeker design won’t have an unpleasant impact on battery life, which was one of very few good things about trail-blazing Surfaces.
Running Windows 8.1 Pro out the box (duh), the brand new Surface sports an impressive 2,160 x 1,440 pixel count resulting in an odd 3:2 aspect ratio and 216 ppi. 4 GB RAM come standard, but the top config packs 8 gigs and is thus an absolute multitasking powerhouse. Bye-bye traditional laptops!