Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th May 2014 17:48 UTC

Microsoft has unveiled a new Surface Pro 3 device at a press event in New York City today. Like the previous Surface tablets it still includes a kickstand, but Surface chief Panos Panay says it's designed to remove the conflict of buying a laptop or a tablet. The kickstand on the device is multi-stage, and the device is just 9.1mm thick. "This is the tablet than can replace your laptop," claims Panay. Microsoft has moved to a 12-inch screen on the Surface Pro 3 with a 3:2 aspect ratio and HD display, but the new tablet also has thin bezels with a silver and black design. Microsoft will start accepting pre-orders on the Surface Pro 3 tomorrow starting at $799.

It's an amazing piece of hardware, and Microsoft really deserves praise for the amount of power it has managed to pack in such a slim and light package, but the same could be said of the previous Surface Pro - and that one hasn't exactly taken the market by storm either. The problem, is software - something Microsoft was remarkably hush-hush about during the unveiling.

Something else Microsoft was hush-hush about: Windows RT and ARM. No new RT/ARM-based Surface device, and I have a feeling that particular experiment has met its end today.

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apples & oranges
by pica on Wed 21st May 2014 09:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: amazing?"
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... I saw an AMD powered HP 11,6" laptop running Windows 8 for AUD299 on the weekend. I would need to spend over AUD2000 to get a Surface pro 3 with the same storage

Just guessed the HP laptop does not feature
* a FullHD IPS display
* 256GB SSD

My i3 laptop rarely exceeds 10% CPU usage. The idea that any executive needs an i7 to web browse, watch a video or display a Powerpoint presentation is laughable ...

I once had the chance to install and test
* Eclipse
* Topcased/Polarsys
* Visual Studio
* Sparx EA
on a Surface Pro 2. These applications are more demanding than a powerpoint presentation or a web browser. Both the Java as well as the C# project were 1000+ classes each. The UML model was also 100+ diagrams. All 4 test cases worked well on that Surface Pro 2.

A Surface Pro is more than a web tablet.

Nevertheless I got a Sony Pro13 instead, because I
* prefer matte, anti-glare screens
* require Linux


Edited 2014-05-21 10:03 UTC

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