Singapore is getting the laptop killer, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, end-August 2014. As the event in New York has just ended, many details are still coming in. What is confirmed is that the 12-inch Surface Pro 3 is definitely a better product in terms of design and as a laptop replacement.
The most significant changes, in my opinion, on Surface Pro 3 are:
- 12-inch 3:2 ratio display
- Processor speed up to Core i7 (4th Gen)
- Weighing only 800 grams
- 9.1 mm thin
- Super flexible kickstand that can tilt to 150 degrees.
- Better battery life.
- 5-Megapixel rear and front 1080p camera
- Stylus that can activate the screen
Finally, Microsoft is listening to the voice of the users. They finally created a product worthy to be called the laptop killer (my opinion) and stylish as any of the current tablets around.
What is significant is that it is a full computer. A computer that can process memory intensive tasks with its Core processors and 8GB (or 4GB) of RAM. I can safely say that no other Ultrabooks or laptops can fight the design factor of Surface Pro 3 at this moment.
Check out the new kickstand. It is now able to go to many positions, up to the max of 150 degrees. It is important because people have their own preferences when it comes to viewing angle of the screen. Microsoft has nailed it this time.
Next, they have continue to perfect the Type Cover (no mention of Touch Cover in this event). The trackpad is now bigger and better (according to them).
And they have added something very insignificant (to many people) in their Type Cover design. It now has a stripe of magnet on the cover to “stick” to the screen when the Surface Pro 3 is on the lap mode. It makes the whole assembly (the Pro 3, the keyboard) more rigid which is important when you are typing in that position.
And Microsoft has reinvented the stylus. The stylus has similar weight and feel of a real pen. If you notice, Microsoft logo on the Surface Pro 3 has also shifted to the side (Portrait Mode). Microsoft wanted users to feel that they are holding the Surface Pro 3 like a notepad.
And in order to make it even more realistic, Microsoft has added a feature on the stylus. You can now click on the Stylus to wake up the screen of the Surface Pro 3. It will immediately go to a special OneNote mode where you can pen anything on it. Very nice touch.
In fact, I think the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is beginning to feel like the terminated Courier product many years ago.
Availability and Pricing
I will not bore you with words. Here is the final part that you might want to know. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will retail starting from USD799, depending on configurations. These are the markets that will get the Surface Pro 3 this year.
You can pre-order the device starting tonight at 12:01 am Eastern Time at Microsoftstore.com in most launch markets, and at Microsoft retail stores and Best Buy in the United States on 21 May. It will be available for purchase in stores and through authorized resellers beginning on June 20th in the US and Canada and, by the end of August, 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.
If you need more details, below is the link to a DOC file that has all the specs and configuration with estimated pricing.
You know, the saddest thing about the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is that it does not have LTE or any cellular connectivity. I have been talking to Microsoft from their first Surface till date and yet, they found it difficult to put a SIM card inside (but they can do it for Surface 2).