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Surface Pro 3: the tablet that can replace your laptop. It is the most powerful, thinnest, and lightest Surface Pro yet. It is a full PC and a brilliant tablet.

Microsoft Surface Blog Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President – Microsoft Surface

Edited for length.

Surface Pro 3: the tablet that can replace your laptop. It is the most powerful, thinnest, and lightest Surface Pro yet. It is a full PC and a brilliant tablet.

Our customers know that every Surface we’ve shipped was built to do more than other tablets, and how they use Surface validates that a tablet can be a great tool for productivity. In designing Surface, we wanted to design a device that can marry the power of the full PC without compromising the sleek finish, elegant look and feel, light weight, thinness, and great battery life that we expect from a tablet. There are a lot of factors that contribute to make a product great, it’s never simply the sum of the parts. I want to share some highlights of what makes Surface Pro 3 the tablet that can replace your laptop.

  • It is powered by a 4th generation Intel® Core™ processor, and storage capacity ranging from 64 to 512 GB with 4 or 8 GB of RAM. It still features a full-size USB 3.0 port for peripherals, a Mini DisplayPort for projecting to an external display, and a microSD card reader for expandable storage.
  • Increased the size of the screen – Surface Pro 3 has a 12” ClearType Full HD screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution.
  • Multi-position kickstand that features a friction-hinge that lets you pick whatever angle you want from zero to 150 degrees. We have new click-in keyboards that come in five colors with 63% bigger track-pads and even more stability. We are announcing a new Surface Docking Station too for Surface Pro 3 that will be available in the next few months.
  • Full-powered PC, so of course it can run all Windows apps including Office and desktop apps. And of course it has great multi-tasking and can be shared with multiple user accounts.
  • All of this comes in a package that is very thin and light. It weighs just 1.76 pounds and is 0.36 inches thin. In fact, it is just half the thickness of a MacBook Pro, and 30% thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air. Oh, and the battery life is up to 9 hours – 10% better than Surface Pro 2!

The Surface Pro 3 Pen

The best example of this how we married the hardware and software to provide a break-through note-taking experience with OneNote, the Surface Pen, and Surface Pro 3.

Using pen and paper is a simple and personal way to write, to draw, or to markup documents, yet physical paper is harder to share and far more cumbersome to index and search than digital files. There is a huge productivity gain to be realized by making the pen experience great on a tablet. As we worked on the pen experience on Surface, we wanted to make the transition to the digital writing seamless, elegant, and simple. We brought together the relevant teams at Microsoft – Windows, OneDrive, OneNote, Office, and of course Surface in this effort. We had the goal of being able to start writing with just the click of a pen, the way it works in real life – you click the top of the pen, and then you pull out a piece of paper or a notebook, and then you just start writing.   The beauty of moving from paper to digital when writing is that all your ink goes with you anywhere you go, and the OneNote integration allows this to include other digital platforms like iOS or Android. Just open OneNote, and right there, your personal writing, lists, papers… just show up. This was super inspiring for us, and it is only the beginning of the great experiences Microsoft will bring you from across the company. The pen does a lot more than take notes, and we’ve worked with some pretty amazing partners to bring a powerful mobile experience optimized for touch and pen.

Join us for breakfast when you stop by your local Microsoft store at Woodfield Mall to pick up your Surface Pro 3, the tablet that can replace your laptop, on Friday June 20th!

Be one of the first customers in line once your local store opens for an opportunity to receive giveaways* and participate in launch day activities when the stores open — including white glove pre-order pick-up, music, and food! Plus, enter for a chance to win a Surface Pro 3 Hawaiian Summer Vacation. See local store hours here:

*While supplies last.

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