It turns out that support page name-checking the Surface Pro 3 wasn't a typo after all. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced the all-new Surface Pro 3, but this version is more than a mere spec boost over the Surface Pro 2: It's a whole new entry in the Surface lineup, and one designed "to replace your laptop." See also: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 launch video as it happened and New Surface Pro 3 new features. See our full: Surface Pro 3 review.
The Surface Pro 3 blends full Core i7 power--Suface head Panos Panay calls it "the thinnest Core product ever created," designed in close conjunction with Intel--with true tablet sleekness, sheer screen size aside. The Surface Pro 3 measures in at a mere 0.35-inch thick, just a hair thicker than the iPad Air's 0.29-inch frame and far less than the MacBook Air's 0.68-inch apex.
The screen steals the show on this device, measuring in at 12-inches with an eye-popping 2160-by-1440-pixel resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio, and Surface head Panos Panay says the display boasts the highest contrast ratios in the industry.
"Just look at this screen--it's gorgeous," bragged Surface head Panos Panay.
Microsoft's definitely toeing the line between laptop and tablet hard here. The Surface Pro 3 gives its mobile roots a nod with the inclusion of a full-fledged digitizer pen, however--just like the Surface Pro 2.
Sure, 12-inches is kind of an awkward size for a tablet ostensibly designed for portability, but introducing a larger Surface makes sense given the Surface lineup's penchant for productivity, as it gives Windows desktop programs and Snapped Windows Store apps room to breathe. Paired with a Touch Cover, the original Surface Pro tablets already mimed a miniature Ultrabook--the Surface Pro 3 just embraces the heritage all the more, while still allowing for keyboardless use.