Surface Pro 3 Launch Party at Red Dot Design Museum

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Say hello to Surface Pro 3 - the latest tablet in town that can replace your laptop. In this article, I'll talk more about this new baby's specifications, features, price list and more - read on to find out!





Power
With the strong core processors within the Surface Pro 3, you can now replace your laptop with a much lighter alternative. There are three different 4th generation Intel Core processor models (i3, i5, i7) to choose from with a further choice of 4 or 8GB of RAM. It also has up to nine hours of Web-browsing battery life. I also learnt from one of the Microsoft experts that the Surface Pro 3 can easily support even Photoshop and other Windows software and Windows Store apps... wow, I'm impressed already.




Screen
Boasting of a large 12" ClearType Full HD display with a 2160x1440 2K color-calibrated screen and 3:2 aspect ratio with multitouch input. I can attest to the clarity and vibrance of the screen of this tablet after trying it out myself!

The all-new Surface Pen, or stylus, is extremely pressure-sensitive and precise, which makes it super convenient for drawing and note-taking. Perfect for those who works with digital designing and also frequent lecture attendees. The Surface Pen is very fine and adjusts its thickness according to the pressure applied. They also have a Palm Block technology which prevents any unnecessary hand contact with the screen from being erroneously recognized as inputs. I absolutely love this function! 





Dimensions & Weight
An 800g tablet would be a fresh breath of air for people tired of lugging heavy laptops around for their daily usage. You heard me right - 800g! It's also super thin at 9.1mm. Just look at how carefree they look while carrying it!


Kickstand
The adjustable and continuous kickstand was quite an eyeopener and enlightening innovation by Microsoft. There is a magnetic lock on the display's lower bezel which helps to keep the tablet very steady for on-the-go usage on the train, bus or at places without tables. You can also prop your Surface Pro 3 on any surface to watch movies from a distance away.



Camera
The Surface Pro 3 has two 5MP cameras that are capable of capturing 1080p HD videos. Remember the adjustable kickstands? I think filming videos and taking photos will be damn kickass. Say goodbye to bad angles and blurry videos.

Specifications
Operating system: Windows 8.1 Pro
Exterior: 292.1x201.4x9.1mm (Dimensions), 800g (Weight), VaporMg (Casing), Silver (Color), Volume/Power/Home (Physical buttons)
Storage: 64/128/256/512 GB
Display: 12-inch ClearType Full HD Display, 2160x1440 resolution, Aspect ratio 3:2, Multitouch input
Pen input: Pen input and pen included with purchase, pen features 256 levels of pressure sensitivity
CPU: 4th generation Intel Core i3/i5/i7 Processor, 4GB or 8GB memory options, TPM 2.0 Chip for enterprise security
Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11ac/802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 low energy technology
Battery: Up to 9 hours of Web-browsing battery life
Cameras and A/V: 5MP and 1080p HD front-and-rear facing cameras with built in front and rear facing microphones, stereo speakers with Dolby Audio enhanced sound.
Ports: Full-size USB 3.0, microSD card reader, Headset jack, Mini DisplayPort, Cover port, Charging port
Sensors: Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer
Power supply: 36W power supply (including 5W USB for accessory charging)
Warranty: One-year limited hardware warranty

Price list
Surface Pro 3: Intel Core i3, 64GB, 4GB RAM - S$1108
Surface Pro 3: Intel Core i5, 128GB, 4GB RAM - S$1348
Surface Pro 3: Intel Core i5, 256GB, 8GB RAM - S$1728
Surface Pro 3: Intel Core i7, 256GB, 8GB RAM - S$2138
Surface Pro 3: Intel Core i7, 512GB, 8GB RAM - S$2698

Surface Pro Type Cover - $183
Additional Surface Pen - $73
Additional 36W Power Supply - $108
Additional Pen Loop - $8
Docking Station for Surface Pro 3 - $288
Surface Ethernet Adaptor - $58

Promotions
Students from certified MOE institutions will receive a 10% discount on Surface devices and accessories through the Microsoft Online Store.

Customers who purchase Surface Pro 3 between 4 July - 31 August 2014 with DBS/POSB credit or debit cards will receive a free messenger bag, while stocks last.

Surface Pro 3 will be available before the end of August, although pre-orders for the device has started on the Microsoft Online Store. From 4 July 2014, the Surface Pro 3 will be available for pre-orders at authorised retailers Challenger, Newstead and Harvey Norman.



The team from Microsoft was also introducing to us the XBOX One which has amazing voice, vision, and motion technology. I was surprised by how high-technology these products could be, it is so sensitive and accurate and allows for customization of your virtual player of your face. There was a demonstration which left us all deeply fascinated. I thought Kinect was really interesting, but this is in a league of its own.

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