All the rumors were true! Or you know, all the rumors pertaining to the launch of Surface Pro 3, or even display size increase to 12-inch. Microsoft have done just that.

The company, as part of its press event in New York City today, has confirmed that it will be releasing the Surface Pro 3, which is the latest model of its high-end tablet that is powered by Windows 8.1. And the device gets some notable improvements in hardware.

Making use of an Intel Core i7 processor inside, the slate now arrives with a 12-inch screen size. Redmond have confirmed that the Surface Pro 3 will also come in Core i3 and Core i5 varieties.

And it’s not just the screen that gets enhanced.

Surface Pro 3 has a resolution of 2160 by 1440 pixels, which gives it a 3:2 aspect ratio. Despite this, the device is fairly lightweight, particularly for its size, at just 800 grams.

Marketed as a tablet that can replace your laptop, Panos Panay, the general manger of Surface, placed this new model in the same category as the Apple MacBook Air — while noting that Apple’s laptop actually weighed more.

And the Surface Pro 3 is also razor thin at just 9.1 mm, which pretty much makes it the thinnest device ever made that is powered by an Intel Core processor.

Some serious engineering here, people!

Microsoft also showed off the new Type Covers for the Surface Pro 3. These come with a larger and improved trackpad, along with reduced friction in usage.

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  • Rodney Longoria

    Great product, and I so want one! But … what happened to the Surface Mini???

    • JohnCz

      Rumors just proved to be false.

    • John Howe

      A lot of smoke, but no fire. I’m glad we’re getting this, but I was looking forward to the mini as well. I guess the Surface Pro 3 isn’t a bad consolation.

  • JohnCz

    I’m shocked they are able to get it down to 9.1mm and still keep the kickstand. Count me in for two … i5 version with dock.

  • Lars

    All the rumors about this proved to be right. Microsoft tried to cover it up, but either way it looks like an excellent tablet.