Many at Tuesday’s press conference in New York City were expecting a new Surface product. Rumors around the Surface Mini took center stage, but the news about the Surface Pro 3 certainly gained 100 percent of the press attention, and was the only product announced at Tuesday’s event.
The thoughts of a Surface Mini back to the rumor mill, as Satya Nadella announced the launch of the Surface Pro 3. The new Surface Pro 3 tablet though is Microsoft’s iPad killer, aimed to go after the niche market for tablet and laptop users, but with Windows 8.1 installed.
Surface Pro 3 Specs
The Surface Pro 3 is a 12-inch tablet, that is powered by the latest and fastest Intel chips. It comes in a variety of different chip and storage capacities, and is an estimated 30 percent thinner than the 11-inch macbook Air. The 4th-generation Intel Core processor means that the Surface Pro 3 can run any desktop software they desire.
The Surface Pro 3’s main features though are the built in kickstand and new Surface Pen. Both of these are brand new to the Surface Pro 3, and give it new options that other tablets simply cannot offer. With a launch date of June 20th, it comes in storage capacities of 64 GB to 512 GB, and with 9 hours of battery life as well.
Kickstand And Surface Pen Additions
The new kickstand on the Surface Pro 3 is really the shining star of the product. It can be leaned back at an upwards of 150 degrees, and can either be a simple leanback device, or a full tablet for on the desk usage. It will give users new options, and with a new Surface keyboard as well, it makes it a quick desktop replacement.
Additionally, the Surface Pen is the star of the Surface Pro 3. Available as an accessory of the Surface Pro 3, it is tightly integrated with OneNote, and gives users the ability to take notes with a simple press of the button. It will give professionals great notetaking skills, give students amazing new ways to take class notes, and provides a great writing experience.
The Surface Pro 3 is a fascinating new tablet from Microsoft. While many expected the Surface Mini, it makes the Surface Pro 3 a shining star.