Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet to rival MacBook Pro and MacBook Air

Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet, which was unveiled in the U.S. today, will compete with Apple MacBook Pro and MacBook Air because it combines PC and tablet.

The company will surprise with the price of Surface Pro 3 tablet later. It is available now for order booking.

Surface Pro 3 tablet weighs 1.76 pounds and is 0.36 inches thin.

It is half the thickness of a MacBook Pro, and 30 percent thinner than 11-inch MacBook Air, said Microsoft in a statement.

Microsoft, which took three years to develop Surface Pro 3 tablet, said its battery life is up to 9 hours – 10 percent better than Surface Pro 2.

The industry does not know why Microsoft Surface Pro 3 will be known as a tablet and not a hybrid laptop.

Surface Pro 3

It’s a tablet that can replace your laptop, said Microsoft. It has some of the good features you expect from a costly tablet.

It is powered by a 4th generation Intel Core processor (there will be Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 options), and storage capacity ranging from 64 to 512 GB with 4 or 8 GB of RAM. It still features a full-size USB 3.0 port for peripherals, a Mini DisplayPort for projecting to an external display, and a microSD card reader for expandable storage.

Surface Pro 3 has a 12” ClearType Full HD screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution. The new screen is 38 percent bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50 percent more pixels.

Microsoft is offering new click-in keyboards that come in five colors with 63 percent bigger track-pads and even more stability.

It is also announcing a new Surface Docking Station too for Surface Pro 3 that will be available in the next few months.

Surface Pro 3 can run all Windows apps including Office and desktop apps.

The new tablet is not available in many emerging telecom markets.

It will be available for purchase in stores and through authorized resellers beginning on June 20 in the US and Canada and, by the end of August, in 26 additional markets including Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

Anand B