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Microsoft introduces “the tablet that can replace your laptop”

  • Lanier Norville By

At a press event in New York today, Microsoft introduced Surface Pro 3, which runs Windows 8.1 Pro and includes features users need “for work and play,” according to the press release. It’s “the tablet that can replace your laptop,” according to Panos Panay, corporate vice president for Microsoft Surface. “You’ll love being able to carry a single device for your next class, workday or weekend getaway knowing you have all the power you need.”

“With the introduction of Surface Pro 3, our commitment to business has never been stronger,” the press release boldly states.

The tablet-laptop hybrid includes a snap-on keyboard and has multiple RAM, storage and Intel® Core™ processor options and is just 9.1 mm thick. Hardware upgrades include a multi-position kickstand and a stylus, both designed to aid in note-taking on the larger 12-inch display. A click of the Surface Pen launches a new page in the note-taking app OneNote. The tablet offers up to nine hours of battery life – perfect for a day at the office.

The device also includes a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader and Mini DisplayPort, as well as several optional accessories, such as an ethernet adapter, which could help users and businesses see the device as a laptop replacement. According to Microsoft, BMW Group, The Coca-Cola Company and Louis Vuitton have already committed to purchasing and deploying the device.

Starting at an estimated retail price of just $799, Surface Pro 3 will be offered in multiple configurations featuring 4th-generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 and i7 processors. Specs are available here.

Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro Type Cover and Surface Pen will be available for pre-order starting May 21 at 12:01 a.m. EDT through Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores and select third-party retailers. Commercial customers should speak to their authorized reseller.

Beginning June 20 in Canada and the United States, customers can visit Microsoftstore.com, Microsoft retail stores, select third-party retailers and commercial resellers to purchase Intel® Core™ i5 Surface Pro 3 and select accessories. Additional configurations will become available during August, and additional accessories will be available in the next few months.

By the end of August, Surface Pro 3 and select new accessories will become available for purchase in 26 additional markets, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville

Lanier Norville has been writing and editing for online publications for six years. Before joining AirWatch, she was the editor of three medical technology magazines including the award-winning publication TechNation.

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