Microsoft announces latest upgrade in its Surface Pro series

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In an attempt to woo over tablet lovers, Microsoft unveiled the next upgrade in its Surface Pro series in an event that was held in New York City.

The Surface Pro 3 design and performance is supposed to appeal to those who want the tablet form factor yet need the power of the laptop.

It is the biggest Surface tablet yet with a 12 inch ClearType display, a resolution of 2160 x 1440 and a slightly revamped design over its older siblings. The Surface Pro 3 is primarily designed to replace notebooks as it features Intel’s latest generation Haswell processors with up to 8 GB of RAM and nine hours of Web-browsing battery life.

The Surface Pro 3 weighs 800 gm, which is relatively light compared to other notebooks like the 11 inch MacBook Air which weighs 1.08 kg.  It is also a lot thinner than the previous Surface Pro model with a thickness of 9.1 mm.

The Surface Pro 3 also supports pen input with N-trig digitizer and a multi-position kickstand that allows the screen to sit at a near-flat angle of 150 degrees making it an ideal choice for professional users.

Photoshop optimized for Surface Pro 3

Other key features include rear and front 5MP cameras capable of recording 1080p video and a host of connectivity ports that include a full-size USB 3.0, a mini display port, and microSD card. The Surface Pro 3 runs the latest Windows 8.1 Pro that is capable of running desktop software.

The Surface Pro 3 basic model starts at $799 with a Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 64GB storage. Other processor configurations include an i5 or i7 versions, storage options range from 64 GB to 512 GB.

Along with the Surface Pro, Microsoft announced an updated version of the type cover which features an improved track pad and comes in five different colours, a new Docking Station capable of 4k output and an Ethernet adapter.

Type Cover for Surface Pro in 5 colours

The Surface Pro 3 will have fierce competition as it fits in both the tablet and notebook categories. Competitors in the tablet market include the iPad air along with the latest Samsung Galaxy Note Pro which features a similarly sized screen to the Surface Pro tablet. On the other hand, the notebook market has the Apple MacBook Air and a long range of different sized Ultra-books.

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