Microsoft announces its biggest tablet yet, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3

When Microsoft invited us to a “small gathering” here in New York City, we thought that meant a smaller-screened Surface Mini was in order. Instead, the company just announced a bigger-screen Surface, the 12-inch Surface Pro 3. In addition to being the biggest Surface, though, it’s also said to be the thinnest-ever product to run a laptop-grade Intel Core i7 processor, at 9.1mm (0.36 inch) thick. Despite its size, it’s relatively lightweight too, at 800g (1.76 pounds). And let’s be clear here: when we say “relatively,” we mean next to a comparable 12-inch laptop, or even a 13-inch Ultrabook; those would weigh somewhere in the neighborhood of three pounds. Even the 11-inch MacBook Air comes in at 2.4 pounds. Of course, the new Surface Pro 3 is still heavy next to an iPad Air or Samsung Galaxy Tab. But hey, the Surface Pro was never supposed to compete with those kinds of tablets anyway. No, this is and always was a laptop killer.

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