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

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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Excellent pen! No 4G?
by Aeyoun on Tue 20th May 2014 18:22 UTC
Aeyoun
Member since:
2014-05-20

The pen is ingenuous. Picking an iPad out of a bag, unlocking it, navigating to the note-taking program, launching it, waiting for it to launch, and then fighting with the touch-keyboard … . It is clear to me that picking it up, and just starting to draw or write down a note is a very powerful feature.

I hope others will recreate the same instant-usefulness of this function. By others, I mean a Linux desktop of course. GNOME should be tablet-ready by now. How are we doing in that department?

The lack of 4G connectivity is baffling. Could be one of the “other configuration options” that were mentioned for August? Why not come out of the gate as strong as possible?

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RE: Excellent pen! No 4G?
by Nelson on Tue 20th May 2014 18:36 in reply to "Excellent pen! No 4G?"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Intel LTE chips for tablet form factors are a relatively new thing, and even then there are battery life concerns surrounding 4G in the first place.

Also depends on uptake of 4G LTE tablets, has this ever really been a popular thing? How popular are cellular iPad models vs Wifi only models?

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RE: Excellent pen! No 4G?
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Tue 20th May 2014 19:51 in reply to "Excellent pen! No 4G?"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, ubuntu and KDE plasma have done tablet interfaces. I don't think gnome has.

Of the two, I think I prefer the UI of KDE plasma, but ubuntu was more stable. I should retest soon.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Of course gnome shell kinda already looks like a small screen UI in a lot of ways. I'm sure there are some drivers for some touch screens, but I kind of doubt its integrated very well.

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RE: Excellent pen! No 4G?
by intangible on Tue 20th May 2014 20:24 in reply to "Excellent pen! No 4G?"
intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

I'm not a huge fan of Samsung's UI choices, but the thing they got right is the "s-pen" tech on the Note phone/phablets and the bigger ones, like the 10.1 and 11 inch version tablets.

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