Microsoft Surface Pro 3 announced. A tablet that can finally replace the laptop?

Posted:  May 21, 2014   By:    20 comments   


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The market is full of tablets and while they are mostly for fun and games, some have tried to be a productivity tool by offering a bunch of office apps and accessories. One of such attempts is the Galaxy NotePro 12.2 which is a huge 12.2″ device that’s positioned as a progressive tablet bridging the gap between tablet and a full functional laptop. While it is more usable than the rest but it isn’t enough to make us abandon our day to day laptop.

Over at Microsoft, they had introduced the Surface Pro series which is an ultra portable tablet with full fledged Windows experience but somehow it is too small for our liking. Now in its 3rd generation, the newly announced Microsoft Surface Pro 3 has grown up with more grunt and comes with a redesigned kickstand which is more flexible than ever. Could this be the laptop replacement that we’re looking for? It probably is.

The display is now bigger with a more practically sized 12″ screen that does high 2160×1440 pixels resolution. Not as high as the Note Pro 12.2 but its more than the usual Full HD 1080p resolution that we get in most laptops today. What’s more interesting is that the Surface Pro 3 has a more squarish display aspect ratio of 3:2 instead of the typical wide screen 16:9 format.

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Similar to buying a laptop, the Surface Pro 3 now comes in a wider range of options with Intel’s 4th generation Core i3, i5 and i7 processors to suite different needs. For the lower end i3/i5 models, it comes with 4GB of RAM with a choice of 64GB and 128GB storage options, while power users on the i5/i7 models get 8GB of RAM with 256GB or 512GB storage.

In terms of design, the Surface Pro 3 is even sleeker with just 9.1mm thickness and weighs just 800 grams. As comparison, the previous Surface Pro 2 is 13.5mm thick and weighs 907 grams. Unlike the previous kickstands lets you tilt back at fixed angles, the new Surface Pro 3 has been improved tremendously allowing flexible angles to suit different usage modes.

It gets 5MP cameras on both front and back and it also gets stereo sound speakers with Dolby Sound. Connectivity wise, you get a Full sized USB 3.0 port, a microSD slot and a mini Display Port. If you prefer to scribble notes, there’s also a premium feeling aluminium pen as well.

It runs on the latest Windows 8.1 Pro and still boast an incredible battery life that lasts up to 9 hours of web browsing. For better typing on the go, it gets anew Type Cover keyboard which has a larger trackpad and redesigned keys. Price starts at USD$799 (about RM2,574) for the base Core i3 model and goes all the way up to USD$1,949 (about RM6,279) for the top spec Core i7 unit.

Their current Microsoft Surface Pro 2 hasn’t arrived in Malaysia yet and the latest Surface Pro 3 is said to be coming here by August.

For more information, head over to Microsoft Surface Pro 3 product page.

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20 Comments for Microsoft Surface Pro 3 announced. A tablet that can finally replace the laptop?

Naz

So..the Surface Pro 2 will not be coming here in Msia huh?

Kerol

12inch real windows tablet? Yes, count me in. Hopefully they just skip surface pro 2 and outright sell pro 3 in Malaysia.

kevin

No Windows 8 on Chinese Government PCs

mr2k9

you better off with a full fledge laptop than this… seriously $2000 for top end tablet? who ever bought those are plain stupid… . you can get much better, thinner and powerful gaming laptop than that…

    kzm

    This is full fledge laptop or more to ultrabook in tablet form…

      mr2k9

      even so its still overpriced that its just not worth it… beside there is a lot more ultrabook with better price point yet comparable with surface 3 pro… btw, that keyboard gonna be additional charges no? if so its definitely gonna be more than $2000..

        kzm

        This is where MS OEM job start…offering product with lower price point..MS does not need to price Surface Pro where OEM can cover..rite?

          mr2k9

          yeah, i think you're right but seriously the price point is just ridiculous…

        DesRed

        I think what Microsoft is doing here is to avoid competing with the myriad of W8.1 tablets from different OEMs like Sony, Samsung, Acer, Asus, HP, etc. Just note that the latter's specs are lower as the majority are equipped with either an Intel Atom processor or at most, a dual-core processor.

        But even if the latter two's sales won't take off or hit any milestones, Microsoft will still profit due to the sales of W8.1 tablets from the other OEMs, so it's pretty much a win for them.

          DesRed

          Correction: I meant both Surface 2 and 3 Pro. My apologies.

        Nic

        seriously?this is not an ultrabook…Look at the specs and features..It can do a lot of things that ultrabook cant and it can do a lot of things that tablet cant..Its a hybrid…I dont think it is that expensive when you consider the 2 in 2 structure that it actually has.

          mr2k9

          erm mind sharing your thought on what pro 3 can do that ultrabook cant?

          tskhoo

          does ultrabook have touch and pen features?

          mr2k9

          lots of ultrabook now has touch features… pen? i think there a lot of pen/stylus can be bought out there..

    M.K

    With 3:2 or 15:10 aspect ratio, they got it right this time. There's no alternative in laptop market, unless you go to Mac route with 16:10.
    16:9 is awful for productivity & web browsing as well, only great for watching movies. It's just MS price point for keyboard cover is terrible.
    I may wait for Surface 4 with Broadwell which should offer better battery life. Guess what, I'm still stuck with year 2007 laptop now. At that time, 16:10 is normal.

Satya Nadella

Great idea, but the price is kinda high.

Ballack

Can I play Dota 2 with this tablet?

laplet_bh

I like it just because I need it (I haven’t had one though):
* lightweight laptop/tablet
* full featured Windows 8.1 that allows me to run Windows apps that I’ve been so used to
* long battery life for travelling
* 3:2 ratio for serious work, for me
* TPM (trusted platform module) that works with bit-locker for security

I know that no ultrabook or tablet is perfect, but I will say SP3 is a nice piece of work. After all, SP3 is also a product inspired by many user comments of other products and even its predecessor SP2 (I’m glad that SP2 is not coming into Malaysia).

I know there is docking station for SP3. It is not a bundled item though, but will this be available in Malaysia? What’s the price? I can’t find its relevant information on any websites of Malaysia.

I hope:
1. Microsoft will lower the price, please, please, please
2. SP3 is a product with good quality control

tukangadolobat

This is a new innovation from Microsoft that can make all the gadget lovers drool .

Can this tablet to play games like Dota 2 ?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzcCdpQa-N0