Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Announced

Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 3, a powerful new tablet that they say will make users want to replace their laptops.

First up, the screen is bigger, clocking in at 12” with a resolution of 2160 x 1440, which makes it 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels. The kickstand has also been improved. It features a friction-hinge that lets you pick whatever angle you want from zero to 150 degrees, along with a bigger track pad. It’s powered by the 4th generation Intel Core processor, with users given a choice between the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7. Users will also be able to pick their storage size, ranging from 64 GB to 512 GB with 4 GB or 8 GB of RAM.

Like the previous models, there a full-size USB 3.0 port, a Mini DisplayPort for projecting to an external display, and a microSD card reader for more storage. It weighs 1.76 pounds and is 0.36 inches thick. Battery life is up to 9 hours. As for software, the Surface Pro 3 runs on Windows 8.1 Pro, and there are programs like Photoshop and Final Draft that have been optimized for the device.

Pre orders for the Surface Pro 3 begin tomorrow, and it will land in stores on June 20.