Microsoft Surface Pro 3 release date, specs and UK price: confirmed details of the next Surface tablet
Microsoft has confirmed the Surface Pro 3's release date, specs, features and UK price
Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 today at a dedicated event in New York.
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Microsoft Surface Pro 3 release date
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3’s release date has been confirmed as the 20th June, with people in the US and Canada being able to pre-order the device from 21st May 2014.
As usual, the UK market has to wait a little longer to be able to get its hands on the Surface Pro 3, with the rough timeframe “end of August” being stated.
This confirms last year’s reports from Windows watcher Mary Jo Foley, who said her sources suggested the Surface Mini would arrive no sooner than Spring 2014, in order to feature Windows 8.1 Update, which has now arrived
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 UK Price
64GB / Intel i3: £639 inc VAT
128GB / Intel i5: £849 inc VAT
256GB / Intel i5: £1,109 inc VAT
256GB / Intel i5: £1,339 inc VAT
512GB / Intel i7: £1,649 inc VAT
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 specs and features
It has been confirmed that the Surface Pro 3 will be both larger and thinner than its predecessor, with a new 12in screen and thickness of just 9mm, while weighing in at a pretty acceptable 800g.
The 12in screen is very impressive, boasting 2160 x 1400 pixels at a ratio of 3:2. Microsoft also announced that there will be new docking station available for the Surface Pro 3 that will enable 4k output.
Another impressive specification advancement for the Surface 3 Pro is the fruit of the new "tireless" working partnership between Microsoft and Intel. The result is the Surface Pro 3 being available with either a Core i7, i5 or i3 on board. The two companies have also managed to make the Pro 3 a completely "fanless" device too.
A lot was made of the Surface Pro 3's "lapability". Although it isn't a word you will be overly familiar with, it is meant to relate to the new kick stand that has been developed that lets you adjust your stand to any point in its 180° hinge.
Work has been done on the keyboard case, with the touchpad being 68% larger while apparently producing 78% less friction.
The Surface Pro 3 comes with either 4GB or 8GB RAM and comes with storage options ranging 64GB to 512GB. Needless to say, it will come out of the box with Windows 8.1 Pro.