Microsoft stunned the technology world yesterday (May 20) by announcing a new, larger version of its Surface Pro tablet PC, when many in the industry had predicted a smaller version of the troubled slate. Following on from yesterday’s announcement, the team at the official Surface Blog have released a statement confirming that the new Surface Pro 3 is available for pre-order starting today, May 21.
In an attempt to capitalize on the hype, and buzz surrounding yesterday’s announcement, Microsoft today opened up pre-orders for the new 12-inch super slate in 22 countries around the world. While sales of the Surface Pro PC have been weak in previous years, it seems as though Microsoft has finally found the right formula for its tablet PC to be successful.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a very impressive piece of technology, and it seems as though the Redmond, WA based tech giant has finally found the winning formula to bridge the gap between laptops and tablets. The Surface Pro 3 will come sporting a gorgeous 12.2-inch display that has an eye-popping resolution of 2160x1440, a new enhanced Surface pen, Core i3, i5 or i7 processors and anywhere from 64GB of storage space up to 512GB.
The pricing of the new Surface Pro 3 also surprised many yesterday. The Core i3 model with 64GB of storage starts at just $799. While this price may seem high for a tablet PC, you have to remember that the technology in the new Surface is very impressive. Microsoft and Intel have completely redesigned the fan and cooling systems that the Surface uses, and is the main reason why the Surface Pro 3 is just 9.1mm thick, and weighs just 1.76lbs, in fact the Surface Pro 3 is the slimmest, and lightest Intel Core PC ever made.
The Surface Pro 3 can be pre-ordered directly from the Microsoft website. You will find that the Core i7 model is available for order with either 256GB or 512GB. Prices for the i7 model start at $1,549 with an estimated ship date of August 31, while the Core i3 model with 64GB of storage space is expected to ship around the same time. The Core i5 model however will begin shipping as early as June 20.