Microsoft has announced the Surface Pro 3, the newest hybrid laptop/tablet coming from Redmond, sporting a familiar look and some upgrades on the internal and external department to make it a worthy device for 2014.

The new Surface Pro 3 has a 12-inch full HD display with a rather curious 2:3 aspect ratio, making it an oddly shaped screen. We are not sure on the exact resolution, but Microsoft’s Surface tablets have always had incredibly good displays. surface-pro-3

Internally, the Surface Pro 3 offers a lot even on the low-end option, starting with an Intel Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM, it is enough to power most Windows 8.1 Pro applications and the device has a lot of juice to keep it running all day.

At the higher end of the market, buyers can pay for 8GB of RAM and an Intel Core i7 processor, around the same as a mid-range PC and high-end laptop. For a tablet, this is huge, but we would consider Microsoft’s competition with the Surface Pro 3 to be the MacBook Air and high-end Windows laptops.

The design of the Surface Pro 3 has not change an awful lot, it is bigger and has less bezel than the last model, but the main difference is the weight of the device. Microsoft has chunked down a few grams from the Surface Pro 3, making it weigh less than the MacBook Air, they have also made sure the fan is less visible.

Accessories have been updated too, the Type Cover has a large trackpad for better input and the stylus has been updated to support some of Adobe’s professional suite, allowing professionals to use the stylus to draw, tap and work on the apps.

The Surface Pro 3 release date in the US and Canada will be June 20 th and will be coming to other markets, including the UK, in August. Prices have not been released for Europe or the UK, but in the US the price will start at $799 and go all the way up to $1,540.

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