Available for pre-order since May 21 and hitting store shelves on June 20 is Microsoft’s brand new Surface Pro 3. The device features a 12-inch 2160×1440 display, significantly larger than the preceding Surface Pro 2′s 10.6-inch screen; a new 3:2 aspect ratio; an improved stylus; an improved Type Cover; a slimmer, lighter build; and a different home button placement.

The new Surface Pro 3 weighs only 798 grams compared to its predecessor weighing 907 grams. It is substantially thinner measuring 9.1mm thick compared to its predecessor’s 13.5mm. The device packs the newest 4th Generation Haswell processors from Intel, giving upto 9 hours of battery life.

The cheapest i3 Core processor model with 64GB SSD has a price tag of $799. The next i5 version will be available for $999 with a 128GB SSD. Although there are many other models coming with i7 processors and even larger SSDs.

Microsoft has increased the kickstand’s range forthe ones who enjoy using the Surface on their lap. The Surface Pro can be dipped all the way down to a 150 degree angle. The new, wider Type Cover also has more room for the touchpad and keys. Microsoft managed to make room for a full-size USB 3.0 port and front- and rear-facing 5MP HD cameras. Moreover it has improved magnetic attachment that raises the keyboard slightly near the base of the device.

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The device is scheduled to be released on June 20, 2014 in the US and Canada only; however, this is limited to the Intel Core i5 models, with the Intel Core i3 and Intel Core i7 models releasing on August 31, 2014. By the end of August 2014, the Surface Pro 3 will be available in 26 additional markets. Consumers can try out Demo units which will land at Microsoft stores  from June 6.

What do you think of the new Surface Pro 3?

 

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