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Microsoft unveils 'laptop killer' Surface Pro 3

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Microsoft unveils 'laptop killer' Surface Pro 3

“The Surface Pro 3 is the tablet that can replace your laptop." Panos Panay, Microsoft

The latest Microsoft Surface tablet includes a kickstand and a large 12-inch display

The latest version of Microsoft’s Surface tablet has been presented as a replacement for full-bodied notebook devices.

Like the previous generations of the Surface, the Surface Pro 3 includes an integrated kickstand, but adds multi-stage positioning, including a ‘canvas mode’ which props the Pro 3 at a 150-degree angle.

“This is the tablet that can replace your laptop,” said Surface chief Panos Panay at the device’s launch event, citing the device’s ‘lapability’ – or suitability for use on a lap, which he said the Surface and Surface 2 had struggled with.

The Pro 3 increases the Surface 2’s 10.6-inch screen to a 12-inch 3:2 ratio HD display, and is powered by a fourth- generation Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 processor.

The tablet is also available with a selection of storage options, including 64, 128, 256 and 512GB capacities.

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The Pro 3 is thinner and lighter than previous generations of the Surface, measuring 9.1mm thick and weighing 800g, with thinner surrounding bezels.

A full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD reader and Mini DisplayPort are also built into the edge of the device.

The Surface Pen stylus was revealed alongside the tablet.Microsoft has also revealed a new Surface Pro Type Cover, which magnetically attaches to the Pro and adds a laptop- like trackpad. The cover is designed to automatically adjust to each kickstand position of the device.

Price: From £639

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