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Third times the charm they say. At least that’s what’s Microsoft should be hoping now that they’ve released the Surface Pro 3.

With their previous slate releases, the Redmond giant has been trying to show us a tablet that can rival the power of and productivity of a laptop and this time, they might have gotten it right.

This ain’t no tiny slate though, with a 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 screen. It’s a pretty big slate, at least screen wise that can go toe to toe with Samsung’s Galaxy Note Pro 12. That being said, it isn’t a heavyweight either at 800g and a 9.1mm depth.

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But what about power? You get a choice of Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, all of which will be a decent boost up from the Surface Pro 2. There’s also a choice of memory (4GB and 8GB of LPDDR3) and  storage (64GB, 128GB, 256GB and 512GB). Despite all this boost ups Microsoft claims that despite that, battery life has been improved up to 20% more compared to the Surface 2.

Of course you’ll be getting your standard I/O ports including USB 3.0, Mini-display and a MicroSD Card reader.

Any other changes? Well on the sound front, the Surface Pro 3 now has front facing speakers that are apparently 45% louder than its predecessors’. There’s also a 5-megapixel web camera on both ends and built-in noise cancelling mics.

Microsoft has also continued with the active stylus previous seen in the Surface Pro 3’s predecessors. This time however, the stylus has been made by N-trig and has some pretty nifty features. By clicking the top of the pen, you can turn on the tablet immediately. That’s not the only thing it can do though. If you’re writing down notes on the Surface Pro 3, one click on the top of the pen will them immediately onto OneNote.

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Of course what is a Surface Pro without its Type cover. The new improved version of it has a larger trackpad and thinner profile, just adding to the sexiness that the Surface Pro 3 is want to exude. It’s also supposedly sturdier when clicking in with the screen and with the Surface Pro 3’s new kickstand functions a lot more like a traditional laptop.

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The Surface Pro 3 is already available for US pre-order today and priced at US$799. Malaysian availability on the other has been confirmed to be by end of August this year according to a confirmation by lowyat.net from Microsoft Malaysia. Prices though have yet to be set for our country so stay tuned for more info.

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Nigel Yap
Co-Founder of The Hyped Geek. More than a decade of covering everything in the tech and gadget world has made him quite mad. When he's not tinkering away with any gadgets, he thinks he's piloting a Gundam, fighting in the One Year War... whatever that's supposed to be. Drop him a line at [email protected]