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Microsoft launches 12" Surface Pro 3 with Intel Core CPUs

  • Microsoft's (MSFT -0.3%) 3rd-gen Surface Pro tablet (live blog) has a display that's 1.4" larger than its predecessor, and also features a more business-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio (was 16:9 previously). The display's resolution has been upgraded to 2160x1440 from 1920x1080.
  • In spite of the larger screen, the Pro 3's weight (~800g) is lower than the Pro 2's (~900g). Its most powerful model runs on an Intel (INTC -0.1%) Core i7 CPU (high-end), and revamped Type Cover accessories sport a bigger/improved trackpad. At 9.1mm thick, Microsoft declares the Pro 3 the "thinnest [Intel] Core product ever created.
  • Adobe (ADBE -0.3%) VP Michael Gough has used the event to show off an upcoming touch-optimized version of Photoshop designed to be manipulated with the Pro 3's stylus.
  • The Pro 3 starts at $799, albeit for an Intel Core i3 version; the Pro 2 (64GB model) was priced at $899 at launch time. Citing its form factor and display size, The Verge declares the Pro 3 is "designed to destroy the laptop."
  • Though no iPad-killer, the Surface Pro has carved out a niche among business users and enthusiasts - the ARM-based Surface RT has had a rougher time. IDC estimates Windows devices had just a 3.4% tablet share in 2013, but also thinks they'll eventually grab over a quarter of the commercial segment, aided by growing convertible demand.
  • Update: Microsoft says Core i5 Pro 3 models will be available on June 20. Other configurations will arrive in August.
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  • Thangorodrim
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    If SP3 was targeting the iPad, it would be completely useless as a tool for business. Good on MS for staying focused.
    20 May 2014, 12:23 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    can an Ipad run i7 duo core chip dont think so
    20 May 2014, 11:00 PM Reply Like
  • youngdividend
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    #surfacepro3 is trending!
    20 May 2014, 12:33 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    ugg one of these days i'll actually get one!!
    20 May 2014, 12:36 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    Way to go. Nice specs.

     

    Although when I had to make the choice, I went with Lenovo Thinkpad Twist hybrid instead of SP2 due to Thinkpad quality and getting that TP keyboard and red knob. Could not be happier. W8 x86 all-in-one is the way to go for anyone producing content and not just consuming...
    20 May 2014, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • DrGarnicus
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    I'd rather get a Lenovo convertible book. Best of both worlds.
    20 May 2014, 12:54 PM Reply Like
  • mjs_28s
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    "I'd rather get a Lenovo convertible book. Best of both worlds."

     

    They don't have the same specs at all so they are not really comparable. One has the kb built in, the other is separate. One has higher screen resolution, better graphics card, all flash storage (thus faster on many operations) and weighs less.

     

    Two different tools for two different types of users.
    20 May 2014, 01:29 PM Reply Like
  • DrGarnicus
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    I like the fact that the Lenovo has a built-in keyboard. I had been looking at the Surface 2 for my needs, but didn't like the setup. Lenovo's Yoga was too pricey for me at the time, so I settled for an HP 2-in-1.

     

    It seems, at least from the ads they ran for Surface 2, that Microsoft is simultaneously trying to pitch this an an alternative for the iPad yet make it have the functionality of a laptop, but with more of an iPad polish.

     

    If they can make razor thin monitors, they should be able to make razor thin, tactile keyboards, much like the old flipphones with the QWERTY setup.

     

    Love those tactile keyboards!
    20 May 2014, 04:42 PM Reply Like
  • DanoX
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    The success of the Microsoft Surface tablets are Intel's only way into world of mobile tablets. If Microsoft fails Intel is done in mobile tablets.
    20 May 2014, 01:13 PM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    Not true. Many makers are making small and thin (though not as thin and powerful yet) tablets. Dell (and soon Lenovo) even have mini tablets running full on Windows 8.1 Pro. (on Intel ADAM processors).
    20 May 2014, 01:30 PM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    This machine is absolutely gorgeous in every way. And not a hint of a rumor before announcement, which I find interesting. I'm wondering how much, if any Nokia engineers had to do with it.
    20 May 2014, 01:35 PM Reply Like
  • Rollo Tomasi
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    Would have had a much better chance with a Tegra 1k. Not like they will ever sell, so no chip maker is going to gain much.
    20 May 2014, 02:12 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    Full windows wont run on an a Tegra.
    20 May 2014, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • niveoserenity
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    I would buy it :)
    20 May 2014, 02:25 PM Reply Like
  • serndipity
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    Stat on the launch presentation screen: 96% of iPad owners still have a laptop.
    20 May 2014, 02:51 PM Reply Like
  • mjs_28s
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    So funny and so true. That describes everyone I know with an iPad and I had never thought of it that way before.

     

    Thanks :-)
    20 May 2014, 03:41 PM Reply Like
  • Davidoff
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    Yep, that's why Mac sales increase year after year, while PC sales stagnate and drop. There is no canibalisation of Macs by tablets. At some point MSFT should face the reality and stop trying to become a hardware company. The most important point of this article is "not an iPad-killer, but a niche product". A lot of write offs to come next year. Nokia's acquisition ink isn't even dry yet and they should already prepare themselves to get back to Earth. Buying a struggling hardware company without patents and just licenses payed at the highest market price is just ridiculous.
    20 May 2014, 04:41 PM Reply Like
  • neutrino23
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    That is my setup. The two serve different purposes. The laptop doesn't travel with me as much as the iPad does.

     

    I write outlines and rough drafts and such on the iPad. I use beefier tools on the laptop for the heavy lifting.

     

    The way things are trending I can see a time where I'll carry just the iPad and have a desktop or tower at home.

     

    Curious that the surface doesn't offer cell data. For business travel I find that very useful. It will be curious to see how the reviewers measure actual battery life.

     

    Kudos to MS for the large display and precision digitizer.
    20 May 2014, 05:53 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    David

     

    "Yep, that's why Mac sales increase year after year, while PC sales stagnate and drop."

     

    Not true, PC sales bottomed out last year and are trending back up.
    20 May 2014, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • Northwest Investor
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    Because a tablet and a PC do different things.

     

    %96 of airplane owners probably also own cars; this is not evidence that there exists some untapped market for a "car plane".
    20 May 2014, 08:04 PM Reply Like
  • Hector V
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    @NWI: At the right price, hell yes!
    20 May 2014, 08:18 PM Reply Like
  • Justin Jaynes
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    NWI, not quite sure what your analogy has to do with reality. If someone would sell me a car plane that was legal and safe, and the same price as a regular car, i'd be flying to work.
    20 May 2014, 09:25 PM Reply Like
  • mjs_28s
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    "Because a tablet and a PC do different things."

     

    There is much more overlap than what you suggest with the airplane and car comparison.

     

    Media, browsing, email, some word processing, gaming, research, etc. can be done on androids or iPads or pcs/macs.

     

    The point of the initial comment is that people almost always end up needing a computer (desktop or laptop) for various reasons no matter how cool iPad type devices are.
    20 May 2014, 09:51 PM Reply Like
  • Northwest Investor
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    What "reality" has to do with it is that a "tablet-laptop" is neither a good laptop nor a good tablet; just as "car planes" are neither good planes nor good cars.

     

    Microsoft's conception that somehow there's some unfulfilled demand for a tablet that's more like a PC has proven wrong (and indeed, if you remember Blackberry's spin of the Playbook, that's proven wrong too).

     

    Tablets are, for the consumer, media consumption and web browsing devices. For the enterprise, they're data entry, smart terminals.

     

    Perhaps someone wants them to function more like PCs. So far, those "someones" have been hard to find.
    20 May 2014, 10:47 PM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    yup shows u cant do everything wit an ifad
    20 May 2014, 11:03 PM Reply Like
  • Justin Jaynes
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    NWI,

     

    The main complaints so far with the Surface are more to do with Windows 8 in general, the battery life from the first surface pro, and the hatred of Win RT.

     

    For $1100, you can get something comparable to the MacBook air, but with a way better touch screen. Just that alone makes me actually like the idea of the surface more now.

     

    Apple could easily counter this product with a retina MBA - and if they could do so without jacking up the price, the Surface Pro 3 makes a lot less sense. But in my opinion, right now it's actually a decent looking machine - and normally I hate windows 8 devices.
    20 May 2014, 11:23 PM Reply Like
  • BISTRO_CFO
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    So how many MACs are there compare to Windows PCs? And what year will MACs over take Windows PC? Love to hear your opinion on that!
    21 May 2014, 12:19 AM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    NWI

     

    I fail to see why this isn't impressive. If it can be both a laptop and a tablet, then why not? It can be both a media consumption and productive computer, so how does this not work for you?
    21 May 2014, 12:45 AM Reply Like
  • KevinRemde
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    Davidoff - By that logic, there is no cannibalization of PCs by tablets, either.
    Surface Pro 3 is as much a laptop killer as it is a tablet killer in the sense that you'll only need to carry one device.

     

    Eventually you'll all be carrying ONLY one device - including phone capabilities, that will wirelessly connect to your keyboard/mouse/bigscreen when you're at your desk, or to some paper-thin and light display that you hold in your hands and touch or "write" on. No one is better positioned to deliver on that dream than MSFT.

     

    Disclaimer - I work for and am long Microsoft. Yeah.. I'm a fan. :)
    21 May 2014, 10:56 AM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    The tablet could be the hub for all the smaller peripherals. Bluetooth headsets could come back, no need for a physical phone. Send texts and information to a watch. The 8" tablet is your computer media consumption part. I see all the synergies that are possible.
    21 May 2014, 11:21 AM Reply Like
  • Mike K D
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    It is possible to tether Microsoft Surface to your phone's data connection (if the provider allows it). Or use your cell phone to create a hot spot and connect using WiFi. Probably 99.99% of Surface users will have a smartphone in their pocket. Maybe in time Surface users will feel compelled to buy a Windows Phone due to the advanteges of having an integrated ecosystem. I don't think this is a show stopper. Also, LTE capabilities may be added to Surface 3 by the time of its release (as LTE is now available in Surface 2 as an option).
    21 May 2014, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • mjs_28s
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    "What "reality" has to do with it is that a "tablet-laptop" is neither a good laptop nor a good tablet"

     

    What measuring stick are you using?

     

    My 7 year old laptop that I added some RAM to and an SSD to pick it up a bit is more than powerful enough for most users on the planet including many office applications. I also have several 3D CAD tools installed on it and it performs well. The Surface would run circles around my laptop but you say it is not a good laptop.

     

    I do not get it. I think that you are projecting what YOU think a laptop should be rather than considering the many things that the surface, and other options bring, to people that you would probably exclaim that they are not good solutions while saying "....for me" to yourself.
    21 May 2014, 12:57 PM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    And with a Bluetooth you could make changes to your excel spreadsheets and other documents by just talking to your device!
    22 May 2014, 10:18 AM Reply Like
  • User 12115671
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    yawn
    20 May 2014, 04:30 PM Reply Like
  • MrVincent
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    The Pro version is the one which will survive, so this makes sense.
    20 May 2014, 05:00 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    When will it be available to buy though? On the MS store it says coming soon?
    20 May 2014, 05:17 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    NYT said June 20th in US and Canada :)

     

    http://nyti.ms/1nlK2du
    20 May 2014, 06:07 PM Reply Like
  • Ruffdog
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    I will be replacing my Dell laptop with the PRO3.
    21 May 2014, 10:17 AM Reply Like
  • Just Some Guy
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    What does it use for graphics, the native i7 or some add-on? Does it run the processor at full speed? What is the battery life - can't be too good in spite of the larger size if it's also lighter, and more pixels take more power, too.

     

    It may have a nice business niche, but it's a little pricey for individuals to buy as an additional toy unless people accept it as both a laptop killer and a desktop killer.

     

    I dunno. I wonder if it wouldn't be better as a phone, with its own connectivity and the trivial addition of voice calling.
    20 May 2014, 06:40 PM Reply Like
  • wigit5
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    it has skype you dont need to add voice calling
    20 May 2014, 06:45 PM Reply Like
  • mjs_28s
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    GRaphics are HD4400
    Battery is supposed to be around 9 hours but that will vary depending on how hard someone is working it.
    20 May 2014, 09:52 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    Its not made to be a toy. That is very explicit in the presentation and marketing ads. Do you see it on the desktop with a youtube or comicbook character on the screen? No, you see a spreadsheet and graphs...productivity. iPad has nothing on these things, not even in the same ballpark, league, game. iPad is T-ball compared to this thing.
    20 May 2014, 10:24 PM Reply Like
  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    "...iPad is T-ball compared to this thing..." :)
    20 May 2014, 10:42 PM Reply Like
  • Shaduc
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    "They "decided that the product in development wasn't different enough from rivals and probably wouldn't be a hit," Bloomberg said, citing a person knowledgeable of the decision."
    http://cnet.co/Tsjxui
    WHEN HAS MSFT LAST HAD A HIT?

     

    WIN 95
    20 May 2014, 10:08 PM Reply Like
  • Matthew Davis
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    Xbox

     

    Every Windows OS that's been released, whether good or bad.
    20 May 2014, 10:25 PM Reply Like
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