Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet announced as the first true laptop replacement

Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro 3, a device the company claims to be the first tablet which can truly replace your laptop.

The Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch screen, up from the 10.6in display of last year’s Surface Pro 2. Microsoft claims consumers are forced to buy both a tablet and a laptop because neither device can replace the other - but the company believes the new Surface Pro 3 can fulfill this demand. 

Despite having a much larger screen than before, the Pro 3 weighs in at 800g, making it lighter than its predecessor and with a perfect weight distribution to make it comfortable to use in one hand. “You have to achieve a great weight to thinness to size ratio,” the company said.

That 3:2 aspect ratio display has a more-than-Full HD resolution of 2160 x 1440, showing a claimed 6% more content than a 13in MacBook Air.

The Surface Pro 3 is powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, and at 9.1mm the tablet is the thinnest product to ever be powered by an Intel Core chip.

Microsoft claims the tablet runs in complete silence, thanks to a huge and entirely redesigned fan to keep the slate cool and running at its best.

The tablet's Kickstand is now more functional than before, with 'Canvas mode' letting you tilt the device at any angle you like, where previously just two angles of lean could be chosen.


Microsoft claims the 'lapability' of the Surface Pro 3 - the ability to use it in your lap - is better than any other product on the market.


Using a new magnetic hinge the Pro 3's detachable keyboard rises slightly and locks into place against the screen to make typing on your lap more comfortable.

21st century answer to the pen and paper

Microsoft has also improved the Surface Pro's stylus, now referring to it as a pen and praising its thickness and weight, which more closely resemble a pen than a computer stylus. 

A neat new feature of the Pro 3 is that, even when the tablet is turned off a click of the pen will boot up a note-taking app immediately. A second click syncs the note with every device you have synced to your Microsoft One Note account via the cloud. Microsoft wants this feature to be seen as a 21st century answer to the humble pen and paper.

The Surface Pro 7 starts at $799, goes on sale on 21 May and is available in three configurations, with either an Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor. Storage options start from 64GB.

The tablet will be available in the UK by the end of August, but pricing is yet to be announced.

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