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May 20, 2014 at 5:33 AM

Microsoft introduces bigger, lighter Surface Pro 3

NEW YORK – Microsoft introduced today the Surface Pro 3, a bigger, thinner, lighter version of its Surface Pro tablets.

Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover and stylus pen  (photo from Microsoft)

Surface Pro 3 with Type Cover and stylus pen (photo from Microsoft)

The device, which Microsoft is touting as a true laptop replacement, boasts a 12-inch screen (compared to the Surface Pro 2’s 10.6-inch screen), a 3:2 aspect ratio, a thickness of 9.1 mm (compared to 13.5 mm for SP2), and a weight of 800 grams (versus 900 grams for SP2).

The integrated kickstand in the Surface Pro 3 has a hinge that can bend back 150 degrees. Microsoft also introduced a Type Cover that it touts as having better trackpad performance, and a stronger, more  stable connection to the Surface Pro 3; as well as a stylus pen that it says has the lowest latency rate in the industry.

The Surface Pro 3 comes with either an Intel Core i3 or Core i7 processor, starting at $799. Pre-orders start tomorrow.

Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 boasts a stronger, more table connection with the Type Cover, and that the hinge for the kickstand allows the stand to be bent back up to 150 degrees. (Photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft says the Surface Pro 3 boasts a stronger, more table connection with the Type Cover, and that the hinge for the kickstand allows the stand to be bent back up to 150 degrees. (Photo from Microsoft)

Microsoft did not introduce a Surface Mini as some had speculated the company would.

Rather, at today’s event the company repeatedly emphasized its productivity focus — perhaps a reflection of new CEO Satya Nadella’s strategy of focusing intently on things Microsoft can uniquely do.

Kicking off the event, Nadella appeared briefly on stage, saying that the company is not interested in building hardware purely for hardware’s sake.

Rather, the company’s focus on hardware starts with an “obsession of empowering every individual to do more and be more. That is what we at Microsoft are all about,” he said.

The company is focused on building mobile-first productivity experiences, he said, in what he calls a “mobile first, cloud first world.”

Here’s the live blog from today’s event:

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