So the Surface event in NYC just ended. What came out of it? Not the Surface Mini everyone was talking about. Instead, they introduced the Microsoft Surface Pro 3. In the event Microsoft’s Panos Panay stressed that they want to remove a conflict when we consumers purchase a product. It is revealed that most people who own a tablet usually carries along a laptop with them for productivity purposes. He also mentions that they want to design a tablet that can be used everyday for fun but also contributes to productivity.
The Surface Pro 3 is designed to be “fanless”; which just means that it is meant to be quiet. They redesigned the fan to be quieter, smaller, and more efficient to ensure optimum cooling while being comfortable and thin at the same time. Panay claims that even with the iconic type cover, the Surface tablet is the thinnest device fitted with Intel’s Core i7, i5, and i3 processors.
With the bigger 12”, 2160 x 1440 resolution, with 3:2 aspect ratio screen you won’t need anything else right? Wrong. They also introduced a new desktop dock that allows you to plug your Surface Pro 3 to a 4K resolution television. Adobe came around to do a Photoshop demonstration on the Surface making it look so much more natural and intuitive compared to the older Photoshops.
The functionality of this device is also supported by the new kickstand. They call it the Friction Kickstand. Unlike the older Surfaces where the kickstand would lock itself in place, this incarnation doesn’t. Users can set the angle of view and use in any way the user prefers up to 150 degrees.
The design of the Surface Pro 3 according to Panay is inspired by a piece of paper and a pen. The screen and functionalities of the tablet was designed to have paperlike properties with plenty of other digital contents while the “Pen” that comes along with it interacts much more with the device not just as a stylus but as some sort of remote to capture, edit, write, save, note and much more. The device stores most of the things you create with the use of the Pen in the OneDrive which will sync automatically with all the devices with the Microsoft OneDrive you own.
Thinner, lighter, faster, more powerful, more feature packed, it is definitely leaps ahead of other tablets and also of its older siblings the Microsoft Surface Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro 2.At the end of the event Panay did mention that the Surface Pro 3 will go on sale on the 21st of May, 2014 and consumers can pre-order the device from as low as $799 (approx. RM2700), and that is only for the base Intel Core i3 version. There is no word on the international availability of this amazing device yet at this time. But we are hoping that Malaysia is next on the list to receive this desirable device. Watch this space for more information about the release and official pricing of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.