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Introducing Microsoft's Surface Pro 3... the laptop replacement?

21 May 14

Microsoft has this morning unveiled Surface Pro 3, billed as the lightweight tablet that can replace your laptop.

Revealed at a special Surface event in New York, the tech giant says the Surface Pro 3 is, simply put, a tablet and a laptop.

Incorporating features such as a multiple processor, RAM and storage options intersect with a sleek design that, with a snap or click can transform the device from a tablet to a full-functioning laptop and back again.

Claiming to be 30 percent thinner than an 11-inch MacBook Air, the Surface Pro 3 comes with a 12-inch display and the new Surface Pen, redesigned with form and function in mind.

“So many people carry both a laptop and a tablet but really want just one device that serves all purposes,” says Panos Panay, corporate vice president, Microsoft Surface.

“Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop — packing all the performance of a fully powered laptop into a thin, light and beautifully designed device."

The device also features a 12-inch full HD display, 4th-generation Intel Core processor options, click-in keyboards, and a multiposition kickstand that goes from movie mode to working mode and all the way to writing mode.

Pre-order and availability

Starting at an estimated retail price of US$799, Surface Pro 3 will be offered in multiple configurations featuring 4th-generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, beginning June 20 in Canada and the United States.

By the end of August, Surface Pro 3 and select new accessories will become available for purchase in 26 additional markets, including New Zealand and Australia.