The Surface Pro 3 gets real as some specs and pricing are revealed
Come this Tuesday, Microsoft is holding a small but major press event in New York City dealing with the Surface line of devices. Rumors of a Surface 'Mini' have been circulating, suggesting that a device around 8-inches with a new pen will be one of the major talking points. In recent days, reports of a 'Surface Pro 3' started popping up, but instead of a Surface Pro 2 refresh, this appears to be a new model, possibly with a larger screen size.
Windows Phone Central has learned some of the details of this new series, including pricing, processors and storage size. In addition, there will be new Type covers, possibly to fit the larger device.
For the Surface Pro 3, which is now confirmed as being a real device, there will be five versions offered with varying pricing and configurations:
- i3-4GB RAM-64GB - $799
- i5-4GB RAM-128GB - $999
- i5-8GB RAM-256GB - $1299
- i7-8GB RAM-256GB - $1549
- i7-8GB RAM-512GB - $1949
As mentioned above, there will also be new Type covers, though it's not known what – if anything – is new about them. Considering the Surface Pro 3 is expected to be a larger device (possibly in the 12 inch range), it would make sense that large Type covers would be required. Those covers will come in the following colors:
- Red (Microsoft Exclusive, possibly limited to Microsoft Stores)
Other details about the Surface Pro 3 hint at a smaller bezel, larger screen size and the Windows button being located on the vertical side, as opposed to horizontal. Unfortunately details about weight, battery life, screen size and dimensions, are not known.
Needless to say, Tuesday is shaping up to be a major day for Microsoft as the Surface family is expected to grow with both smaller and larger editions. Many details still need to be filled in, including what they look like and other tidbits. Windows Phone Central will be there live to cover the event, so stay tuned.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
Yeah no touch screen but for me is not deal breaker
The root of the problem as you've said is that PC users are simply used to the lowest prices possible. As such anything and everything Microsoft does will unfortunately always be (blindly) measured against the cheapest price. Apple does not experience this challenge as their users simply do not compare their products with anything, therefore they are at liberty to fix prices as they see fit and still make sales. I think PC users have generally come to take the value MS brings to the table for granted. It's always so sad when I see people rate iOS and Android over RT, making it appear so inferior despite the fact that it is over and above the other two on ARM hardware. It isn't even given a chance. Enough said, MS please keep up the good work!
But yeah not everyone need graphics card, in my first comment I don't explain at all
But anyway if I had the money enough to buy a good computer as I said and also a tablet, I will go for this new surface without think it twice
Surface Pro 3= Window 8.1
I'm guessing (and hoping) this thing is a beast in the vein of the wacom cintiq, but a real deal laptop replacement.
And at those prices the thing had better come with a type cover.
Otherwise it's going to get slaughtered in the marketplace. Too many compromises...
Like the razer custome number pad
So I have been working at Starbucks for 6 months. There is this young man(a student), that usually come and did his homework's with his chromebook. One day he came in with his MacBook pro. So I ask him where is his chromebook, and if the MacBook pro is new. He told me that his chromebook stop working,so he replaced it with his MacBook pro. I asked him why not get a cheap laptop. He told me laptop are cheap, once bitten twice shy. He wants something that is well built and will last for a while. I told him I bought a surface pro (and showed it to him) and windows laptops are better than what it used to be. He told me he likes my surface, and wish he knew about it before he bought the MacBook pro.
2- Lenovo build quality is one of the best
3- what's a detachable keyboard when the whole device thickness is in mm
4- I am comparing gen 2 of the Lenovo screen, so if you really want to be fair wait gen3
Tdlr: the surface waaaay too expensive
Except for your weird example of a non existing success story, I have to agree with the last part. They need something outstanding. I've not been impressed with Surface so far (only tried the first gen, tbh).
of course, I've no expierence running a billion dollar platform, so WMMV.
Thing is I have a third gen i5 laptop with 4 gigs of ram that runs slower than my 5 years old first gen i7 with 6 gigs of ram desktop. I've never been into laptops but Surface is the perfect device for me, I worry that it's performance wouldn't be that good though specially since it is expensive. Glad you love your pro 2, let me know how it performs though, would be much appreciated. I want to buy one for college. Also it being a tablet doesn't mean it has to be expensive. Microsoft isn't in a strong position and I don't get why they are sticking to a relatively high pricing model.
I'm happy with the surface pro 2 specs... I just don't want a tablet that thick.
although a little extra graphics processing would be welcomed.
why do you think we'd have to wait 2 years? smartphone GPUs are making huge advances every 6 months.
but yeah, unless there is something we're missing here, pricing the i3 the same as the i5 current gen does seem a bit strange.
Well hopefully it still will be a little less even with the keyboard.