Microsoft expanded their tablet lineup with a powerful new model yesterday at a press event in New York. And although primarily aimed at corporate users, the Surface Pro 3 holds great interest for power users and enthusiasts too.
It arrives with a 12-inch full HD screen that can handle a resolution of 2160 by 1440, and like other models in the Surface lineup, Microsoft offers multiple memory and storage configurations.
This is what the company says about the new tablet:
“Featuring a gorgeous 12-inch display encased in a sleek magnesium frame, Surface Pro 3 is the thinnest and lightest in our Pro family. Refined to its essential elements, Surface Pro 3 is as beautiful as it is functional so you can stay productive from anywhere. Just slip it into your bag or backpack and go.”
The Surface Pro 3 is powered by a 4th generation Intel chip and this time around users can choose between Core i3, i5, or i7 variants — depending on the model, of course.
And the slate also comes with two different 5 megapixel cameras, both rear and front. A number of connectivity options are also included, from a full-size USB 3.0 port, headset jack, a microSD card reader, among others.
Windows 8.1 Pro, obviously, handles the software side of things.
Here is a list of the full hardware specifications of the new Surface Pro 3:
Size: 11.5” x 7.93” x 0.3” (292mm x 201.3mm x 9.1mm)
Weight: 1.76lbs (800 grams)
Screen: 12” ClearType Full HD Plus
Resolution: 2160 x 1440
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Battery Life: Up to 9 hours of web browsing
64GB or 128GB storage with 4GB RAM
256GB or 512GB storage with 8GB RAM
4th generation Intel® Core™ i3, i5 or i7
TPM Chip for enterprise security
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth® 4.0 Low Energy technology
Location: Digital Compass
Full-size USB 3.0
microSD™ card reader
Software: Windows 8.1 Pro
Cameras, Video and Audio
5.0 megapixel rear-facing camera
5.0 megapixel front-facing camera
Stereo speakers with Dolby® sound
Ambient light sensor
Kickstand positions: Multiple
What’s in the box
Surface Pro 3
36W Power supply
Quick Start Guide
Safety and warranty documents.