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Update: apparently, the $799 price only includes the Intel Core i3 processor. The price scales upwards dramatically when you upgrade the processor and other features.
We have heard rumors for weeks concerning a new Surface product. Many of the rumors centered around a possible 8-inch Surface Mini, but that turned out to be inaccurate. Microsoft just officially launched the Surface Pro 3 for $799. Here's a quote with all the juicy details,
With the company’s Surface event in full swing, the first new device unveiled on stage on Tuesday was the all new Surface Pro 3. The new Pro model features a larger 12-inch display and a completely revamped thinner design that is only 9.1 millimeters thick. It also has a new kickstand that holds the device up at any angle.
Microsoft says its new Surface Pro 3 features an “absolutely beautiful” screen that has been increased to 12-inches so that the device is a better laptop replacement. It also has the highest contrast ratios in the industry.
The Surface Pro 3 is even lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Air, and it is powered by the latest-generation Intel Core i7 processor.
Microsoft’s new Surface Pro 3 also ships with redesigned Type Cover keyboard that has a larger trackpad and new keyboard keys. The cover also has a magnetic strip that connects to the front of the tablet to change the angle of the keys.
Also improved is the pen input on the Pro 3. Microsoft’s new tablet can convert pen-written text to digital content almost instantly, allowing users to write notes that are converted into digital text quickly and painlessly.
There is also a feature that allows the user to click a button on the back of a pen to instantly open a new note on the Surface Pro 3. After writing out the note, another click on the pen’s button save’s the note to OneNote and syncs it to all of your other devices.
The new Surface Pro 3 goes on sale beginning Wednesday starting at $799...
It seems like Microsoft is refocusing the Surface device to compete more directly with laptops than tablets now. What do you guys think?