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Microsoft launches Surface Pro 3

 Highlights of Microsoft's new Surface Pro 3 and its launch event

Microsoft unveiled the newest member of its Surface family on Tuesday, with Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella introducing the Surface Pro 3 to crowds at a dedicated event in New York. Faster, bigger, and with more accessories than its predecessor, Microsoft hope the Surface Pro 3 will finally be the device that can be used comfortably as both a tablet and a laptop. It certainly looks like it’ll do just that when it’s launched on general sale in the US and Canada on June 20, 2014. Despite its improved 12-inch touchscreen, it weighs just 800g and is a slender 9.1mm thin. Its processing power is greater than that of a laptop too, with core i3, i5 or i7 processors, and comes with a kickstand capable of transforming it into a fully- fledged PC – as well as an adjustable kickstand for the perfect viewing experience. All that, plus reinvented Surface Pen, a full-size USB 3.0 port, microSD card reader and Windows 8.1 Pro to boot. For more on the Surface 3, click or swipe the image above.

 Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks to the crowd ahead of the Surface Pro 3 launch in New York.
 Panos Panay, corporate vice president, shows the crowd how thin the Surface Pro 3 is
 Microsoft makes the most of the touch screen and the Surface Pen to sell the Surface Pro 3's key features. The tablet will include Windows 8.1 as standard, which opens up to users a world of fantastic experiences, including built-in apps, the Windows Store experience, Skype and OneDrive cloud connectivity.
 Designers will feel the benefit of a touch-optimized Adobe Photoshop CC.
 The Surface Pro 3 and its Docking Station, which - with the use of ethernet, HD video display and USB ports - has the capability to turn the tablet into a full desktop PC.
 Microsoft have revamped the Surface Pen too, which should give its users the best writing and drawing experience.
 The Surface Pro 3 also has a continuous kickstand, adaptable so the user can find the perfect viewing angle all the way to 150 degrees
 The continuous kickstand in action.
 One of the many plus points for the Surface 3 is its microSD card reader, which will allow users to quickly transfer files between devices.
 The Surface Pro 3 36W power supply will give users up to 9 hours of Web-browsing battery life and includes a 5W USB adaptorfor charging accessories.
 Users will be able to experience a 12-inch ClearType Full HD display when they purchase the Surface Pro 3.
 Users will be able to work just as comfortably on their laps as their desks with the help of the Surface Pro Type Cover, which features a double-fold hinge that keeps everything steady by magnetically locking to the tablet.
 The Surface Pro 3 comes with a special backlit Surface Pro Type Cover which will allow users to work and play whatever the hour. What's more, it's one of the thinnest mechanical keyboards on the market with a full QWERTY keyboard, all the standard Windows function and shortcut keys and an 63% larger touchpad. Buyers can stamp their own identity on the Surface too, with a choice of five colour options - purple, red, blue, cyan and black.

Prices for the basic Surface Pro 3 will start from $799 (€583).

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