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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RE[6]: amazing?
by unclefester on Thu 22nd May 2014 03:59 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: amazing?"
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So what you're saying is I can get an inferior product for less money? Shocking!

IMHO an ultrabook is generally an inferior product at a much higher price. You get things you don't need (ludicrously overpowered i5/i7 CPU), greatly reduced storage, a much smaller screen with resolution 'improvements' you don't really notice and a teeny weeny little keyboard that doesn't suit touch typing. The only real upside is reduced weight. Basically you pay a lot of money for a massively overpowered 'netbook'.

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