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Microsoft goes larger introduces Surface Pro 3

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On Tuesday, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Panos Panay introduced the Surface Pro 3 as the tablet that can replace your laptop.

For months there has been wild speculation on the next generation Microsoft Surface 3 tablet, with many reported rumors of a Surface Mini. Instead of mini, Microsoft went larger with the Surface Pro 3.

According to Panos Panay's blog, the Surface Pro 3 screen is 38% bigger than Surface Pro 2, with 50% more pixels. The Surface Pro 3 has a 12” ClearType Full HD screen with 2160 x 1440 resolution.

Comments mentioned in the attached video make a point of a much lighter and thinner design. Tech specs found on the Microsoft press release tout the light weight of 1.76 pounds and an impressive battery life of up to 9 hours of web browsing.

Surface Pro 3 pre-order

Brian Hall, General Manager Microsoft Surface, announced early Wednesday that the Surface Pro 3 was available for pre-order.

The $999 Intel i5 with 128GB storage Surface Pro 3 is one of the models currently available for pre-order with an expected ship date of June 20, 2014.

Other Surface Pro 3 models such as the Intel i3 with 64GB storage selling for $799.00, has a listed shipping date of August 31, 2014.

What's ahead for the Microsoft Surface 3

This week's events kicked off the sales and marketing hype. The new line of Microsoft Surface 3 products will roll out over the months ahead with many accessories, such as the Surface Ethernet Adapter, listed as "coming soon" on the Microsoft Surface website.

We will be watching what else comes out in the Microsoft Surface 3 product lineup.

There has been no mention of a Surface Mini. Was it strictly just a rumor?

Also no mention of a Surface 3, as in a "non pro" model, such as with the Surface 2 and the Surface 2 Pro. Has Microsoft abandoned the lower grade operating system?

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